What is it?
The implant (also known as Implanon or Nexplanon) is birth control in the form of a very small rod (smaller than the size of a match) that is inserted by a doctor right under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. Because the implant is small, it is hardly visible in most cases.
How does it work?
The rod releases hormones that keep a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs and also thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.
How effective is it?
The implant is incredibly effective, preventing pregnancy in 99% of cases, and continues to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years without any other maintenance. However, if a woman wishes to become pregnant, she can do so once the implant is removed. If a woman gets the implant removed and is not ready for a child, she should protect herself with another birth control method right away.
Where can I find it?
Because the implant has to be inserted by a doctor, it can only find be found in a doctor’s office or a health clinic. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in getting the implant.
If you are sexually active, make sure that you are protecting yourself with some form of birth control.