Contraceptive: Implant

IMPLANT

PREVENTS PREGNANCY: YES; 99% EFFECTIVE
STI and HIV PROTECTION: NO, only condoms protect against all STIs 
WHEN TO USE?  Every 3 to 5 years
Type: Long Acting

The implant is a plastic matchstick size rod that is placed just below the skin of a females upper arm where it constantly releases the hormone in small doses from a reservoir into the blood stream. The hormone keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs but also thickens the cervical mucus making it hard for sperm to move around in the womb and fertilize an egg. The implant is inserted by a nurse or doctor and can be removed if a female chooses and decides they want to get pregnant.

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