How Long Does the Birth Control Implant Last? (And Other FAQs)

The implant is one of the many options women have for birth control. And just like other birth control options, the implant can be a great choice for some women, and not for others. Every woman’s wellness needs are unique. Your gynecologist can determine if you’re a good candidate for the implant. If so, you’ll be encouraged to discuss any concerns or questions you might have before you make a healthcare decision.

What is the birth control implant?

The implant is a very small, thin rod that your gynecologist can insert just underneath the skin of your arm. This implant releases hormones gradually over time. This protects you from unintentional pregnancy. It works by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from traveling to an egg. It also stops the ovaries from releasing a mature egg. Even if the sperm were able to travel, there would be no egg available for fertilization.

How long does the implant last?

One of the reasons why women choose the implant is because it’s effective for up to four years. This means that, as long as you don’t experience bothersome side effects, you won’t have to think about your birth control for quite some time. If you decide you want to get pregnant, or you’d rather switch to a different option, your doctor can easily remove it.

Why should couples still use condoms?

Just like the pill, patch, and IUDs, the birth control implant doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The most effective way to protect you and your partner during sex is to use condoms.

Is it painful to get the implant?

No. Your gynecologist will numb the skin so that you won’t feel any pain. The implant is quite small, and it takes just a couple of minutes to insert it underneath the skin. The only thing you’ll feel is a slight pinch from the injection of the local anesthetic. After the anesthetic wears off, your arm might feel a little sore for a few days.

Personalized contraceptive counseling in Houston is available from the compassionate gynecologists at Women’s Healthcare Associates. We take the time to get to know our patients, and to help them find the right healthcare solutions for their lifestyles. New and current patients can get in touch at (713) 654-8128.

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