Looking to take control over your reproductive health? Choosing the right form of contraception is an important step in the right direction. You have a range of options, from barrier methods to long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs.
One option that’s getting more and more popular is the birth control implant, a discreet contraceptive method that sits under your skin and lasts for years. Monique Petteys, FNP-C, and our team at The Women's Center at Life Point Medical specialize in contraceptives, and we’re here to help you find the best option for your needs.
Here’s how the birth control implant works and what to consider when deciding if it’s right for you.
How the birth control implant works
The birth control implant is a small, flexible rod that goes under the skin in your upper arm. It’s about the size of a matchstick, and it’s made of plastic. It works by steadily releasing a synthetic hormone called progestin into your bloodstream, which helps prevent pregnancy in a few different ways.
Progestin thickens your natural cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach your uterus and fertilize an egg. Plus, it thins the lining of your uterus, making it less receptive to implantation.
The arm implant also suppresses ovulation, which prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. By combining these mechanisms, the birth control implant offers highly effective contraception. In fact, it’s more than 99% effective when used correctly.
How long it lasts
One of the best advantages of the birth control implant is that it’s long-lasting. It’s a type of LARC, which means it provides continuous pregnancy prevention for a prolonged period but it can be stopped at any time.
The arm implant eliminates the need for daily or monthly contraceptive measures. Depending on the brand, the implant can last for three to five years at a time.
Getting the birth control implant requires one simple office visit. We place it into your arm, and after that, it doesn’t require any maintenance or frequent visits to the doctor.
Deciding if the birth control implant is right for you
You have a lot of birth control options available, and Monique and our team are here to help you find the best one for your needs. We review your health and your medical history. Then, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option, helping you consider factors like:
The birth control implant releases progestin, which can cause a range of side effects like irregular menstrual bleeding, headaches, or mood swings. The hormones affect every person differently, so it’s important to share any symptoms you experience with our team.
Since the birth control implant can last several years, it’s a good option for people who don’t want to conceive in the near future. But if you prefer flexibility or you want to get pregnant soon, other options like the pill or condoms may be better for you.
Convenience and reliability
The implant is a set-it-and-forget-it contraception option. That means if you struggle with adhering to a daily pill regimen or consistently using barrier methods, the implant can provide enhanced protection against pregnancy and peace of mind.
Ultimately, your choice of contraception should align with your values, lifestyle, and personal preferences. We’re here to help you evaluate your goals, concerns, and priorities to help you make an informed decision.
If you’re looking for a simple, long-lasting birth control option, the implant could be a good solution for you. Find out more about it with a birth control consultation at The Women's Center at Life Point Medical in Clayton, Georgia. Call our team at 706-782-5555 or book an appointment online now.