The Implant (Nexplanon)

The implant is a small rod that is inserted in the soft skin of the inner upper arm.  It releases small amounts of progestin for up to 3 years to prevent pregnancy.  

Why use it? 

  • Prevents pregnancy for three years
  • May improve PMS and painful periods
  • Periods may be lighter
  • Very effective--fewer than one in 1,000 women using an implant will become pregnant each year. 
  • You can get it at Campus Health Services 

Why not? 

  • You may have irregular bleeding in the first 6-12 months
  • Doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections