04 Jul 2020
7 Facts about birth control implant
- Birth control implant is the most effective method of birth control; it consists of a tiny plastic stick, which is inserted subdermally (after local anesthesia) in the medial aspect of the arm.
- It acts by continuous release of low dose of progesterone, which prevents pregnancy by increasing viscosity of the cervical mucus as well as decreasing the endometrial thickness (the inner lining of the uterine cavity).
- Birth control implant is advised to be applied immediately after giving birth, and while breastfeeding.
- To avoid pregnancy, it's advised to use back-up contraceptive method within the first week after insertion.
- Contraceptive efficacy of birth control implant continues up to 3 years.
- The main side effect of birth control implant is irregular bleeding (spotting or irregular periods), especially within the first 6 months after insertion. In these cases, you can consult your doctor for proper management.
- Unlike contraceptive pills, weight gain is less likely to occur with birth control implant.