Birth Control Implant

What is it?

The implant is a thin, flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick. It is inserted by a medical provider under the skin of the upper arm and releases hormones that prevent you from getting pregnant. This method is reversible, not visible, and protects against pregnancy for up to 3 years.

Does it prevent STIs?

No. While the implant is an effective way to prevent pregnancy, it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using condoms or internal condoms and combining these with the implant is a great way to prevent diseases and pregnancy at the same time.

How do you use it?

The implant has to be inserted and removed by a medical provider. Once it is inserted in the arm, it works for up to 5 years without the person having to do anything.

Is it right for you?

Many people find it to be a great method! They like that once it is inserted, they don’t have to worry about doing anything to make sure it works and it lasts for years. It can reduce or stop periods, which some people like.

The birth control implant has side effects like changing periods, nausea, breast pain, headaches, or pain in the arm where it was inserted. Usually, these side effects go away after a few months.

If someone wants to stop using the birth control implant anymore but still wants to prevent pregnancy, they should talk with their medical provider about having it removed and how to continue to prevent pregnancy.

Talking with a health provider is a great place to start. It can also be helpful to talk with friends or trusted adults in your life. Everyone is different, what works best for one person might not be what works best for you.

Where do you get it?

If you are in Pueblo, Colorado, contact the Family Planning Clinic from Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

English: Call (719) 583-4380. Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Español: Llama (719) 583-4376. Lunes a viernes 8:00 AM a 4:30 PM. 

If you are somewhere else in the United States you can find other resources here.

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