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Birth Control Implant


A birth control implant is a small device that releases hormones to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. The device is inserted under the skin on the inside of your non-dominant upper arm. It can be in place for up to 3 years before it needs to be removed or replaced. A birth control implant does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

  • You have wheezing, coughing, or trouble breathing.
  • Your throat tightens, you have trouble swallowing, or your lips or tongue swell.
  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.

Call your doctor or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have a skin rash, hives, swelling, or itching.
  • Your implant site is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You spot or bleed for 2 weeks or more than 5 times in 3 months.
  • You have questions or concerns about your procedure.

Care for your implant site:

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for how to clean the area. You will be able to remove the top bandage 24 hours after your procedure. The second bandage may need to stay on for 3 to 5 days.

Ask about medicines:

Certain medicines can prevent the implant from working correctly. Talk to your healthcare provider before you start any new medicine while you have the implant. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Follow up with your doctor or gynecologist as directed:

You will need to keep yearly appointments to have your blood pressure checked while the implant is in place. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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