By: Rahul R./Anagh P. TB:4
What is it?
An implantable Contraceptive is a small flexible tube containing hormones that doctors insert under the skin of the upper arm. It protects from pregnancy for about 3 years.
How does it work?
- Releases low levels of hormone progestin
- Prevents ovulation
- The progestin also thickens the mucus(prevents the sperm from entering
- Thins lining of uterus so it is less likely for the egg to attach to the uterus wall
How well does it work?
The U.S. believes that it is a very effective way of birth control. Over one year, only 1 out 100, or 1%, using implantable contraceptive have an accidental pregnancy. However the best way to prevent pregnancy is to practice abstinence.
What does it protect against?
Implantable Contraceptives don't protect against STDs so you should always use a condom while having intercourse.
What are some side effects?
- irregular or no menstrual periods
- heavier or lighter periods
- spotting between periods
- weight gain, headaches, acne, and breast tenderness
- irritation, infection, and possible scarring where the tube is inserted
Who uses it?
Young women don't remember to take birth-control pills, and want long protection against pregnancy. Also, some people who have health conditions.
How do you get it?
Through a medical professional/doctor. Some health clinics as well.
How much does it cost?
it's range is about several hundred dollars, to $1,000
Overall the implantable contraceptive, is a contraceptive that prevents pregnancy. It is quite effective, however on it's downside it is quite expensive.