What is it?
It’s about the same size as a matchstick. Your healthcare provider uses a tiny needle to insert it just under the skin of your upper arm. Don’t worry, we numb the area first so you won’t feel a thing! The implant works by releasing the hormone progestin, which changes the chemistry of your uterus, making it harder for sperm and egg to find each other and survive. It’s a highly effective form of birth control, and can last up to 5 years.
How effective is it?
It’s the most effective contraceptive method available; less than 1 pregnancy per 100 people
How often do I take it?
It just takes one visit with your healthcare provider to insert it, and can last up to 5 years
• It’s the most effective form of birth control around
• Great for people who don’t want to worry about remembering to take birth control
• Offers another option to those affected by the estrogen hormone
• You return to full fertility after stopping all methods, depo is the only one with a potential delay (3-6 months)
• Your periods will change. This is safe, but can be annoying
• It takes 7 days to start working after it’s put in (so wear a condom if having vaginal sex)
• Does not protect against STIs
• It may cause weight gain, acne or headaches (1 in 100 people)
• It might take up to a year for your period to return to normal