Implant Methods Of Birth Control: Everything You Need To Know


There are a number of birth control methods available. Anything from condoms (both male and female) and oral contraceptives, to progestin shots and a fairly newer method, which are implants. Implants can be either intrauterine or implanted in the upper arm. Both methods are very effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy. Whatever method you choose, be sure to choose one that is best for you and for your partner to help protect both of you. See below for information on the implant methods of birth control.

Upper Arm Implant

The implant, which is a tiny rod implanted into the upper arm (inner bicep area), releases progestin over the course of three years into the body. The implant helps prevent ovulation, which can make getting pregnant difficult (unless an egg is accidentally released).

This method is highly effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy, although it doesn't protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. There is no hassle during sex, although you can experience pain at the site of the implant and are at risk for infections at the implant site.

A doctor will need to take this implant out when you are ready to have it removed, such as when you are ready to get pregnant. The downside to this form of contraception is the expense of it, and some insurance companies may not cover this form of contraception. Be sure to find out first if your insurance company covers implant methods of birth control.

Intrauterine Implant

An intrauterine implant is inserted into the uterus by a doctor. It's a very small and flexible implant that helps protect you from getting pregnant by releasing progestin (there is a non-hormonal implant as well) into the body. This implant stays in longer, usually about 5 to 10 years, and isn't for anyone that intends on getting pregnant anytime soon. The intrauterine implant, much like the upper arm implant, doesn't protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

It also doesn't interfere with sex, although it can come out of place, which can reduce its effectiveness. This implant may cause you to have headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, acne, and even irregular periods. There is also a chance of a bacterial infection at the implant site after it is inserted.

A doctor needs to take the implant out when it is time to be removed. As with the upper arm implant, it is expensive and your insurance company may not cover this type of birth control, so check with your health insurance company first before having it inserted.

Both of these implant methods are highly effective, although they do come with some side effects and they are not effective in protecting you from sexually transmitted diseases. Be sure to use the birth control method (or methods) that are best for you and for your partner. Talk to your gynecologist about different forms of birth control available.


27 July 2017

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