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What are the benefits of using birth control implants?

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As with any type of birth control method, implants have both pros and cons. Advantages include:

  • Effectiveness. Fewer than 1 in 100 women using an implant will become pregnant each year.
  • Ease of use. Unlike some other birth control options -- such as condoms, patches, shots, rings, and pills -- the implant works no matter what. You don't have to worry about using it incorrectly or remembering to replace or take it often.
  • Fast reversal. If you want to get pregnant, you can get started on that right after you get the implant taken out.
  • Less painful periods. In studies of women using implants, painful periods got better.

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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