Contraceptive implant

A contraceptive implant is a type of birth control. It is a small flexible tube measuring about 40mm in length which is inserted under the skin by a health care professional(typically the upper arm). The implant is among the most effective birth control methods. After it is inserted it prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones that prevent ovaries from releasing eggs and by thickening cervical mucous. The implant can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Though it protects against pregnancy, it does not protect against STIs. The costs for implantation range.[1] Brands include:


  • Side effects 1
    • Positive 1.1
    • Negative 1.2
  • See also 2

Side effects


  • Women have fewer, lighter periods
  • 30% Women have no more bleeding periods (sign of total efficacy)
  • Lasts for up to 3 years (less if overweight)
  • Can be used while breastfeeding
  • May lessen typical PMS symptoms


For many women, these are not a problem. It is always possible to remove the implant and switch to another form of birth control if the side effects become a problem.

  • Irregular bleeding for the first 6–12 months.
  • Change in appetite, depression, moodiness, hormonal disbalance and sore breasts.
  • Weight gain, dizziness, pregnancy symptoms, lethargic feeling.

See also

  • Bedsider
  • Planned Parenthood Birth Control Options
  • Birth Control Implant Contraceptives
  1. ^ "Bedsider". 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.