The implant is a small rod that is inserted under the skin in the upper arm. It reduces the risk of pregnancy for three years, and usually can not be seen once it is implanted.  The implant releases hormones that keep the ovaries from releasing an egg. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg, and thins the lining of the uterus, which may prevent implantation.

 

 

Implant

Quick Facts

Effective, long-lasting, and reversible.

 

Effectiveness

The implant is among the most effective methods.

 

Side effects

Irregular uterine bleeding, pain or bruising at the insertion site are the most common side effects of the implant.

 

Effort

Insertion once every 3 years

 

How do I get it?

A doctor inserts the implant in an office visit.

 

STI reduction

None.

 

 

Details

STI reduction: None.

 

Get it and forget it: Once it's in, it lasts for up to 3 years.

 

Cost

If you qualify for the funding Haven Health has available, services may be provided at no cost.  Qualification for programs depends on family size and income.  Please call Haven Health at 806.322.3599  to determine if you qualify for the available programs.

 

Usage

Once the implant is inserted it reduces the risk of pregnancy for up to three years.

 

In a doctors office, a small area of the upper arm is numbed with a painkiller and the implant is inserted under the skin. 

 

To remove the implant, the doctor will numb the arm again, make a tiny cut in the skin, and remove it. Another implant can be inserted at the same time.

 

Side Effects

The most common complaint is irregular bleeding, especially in the first 6-12 months.  

 

Less commonly:  acne, change in appetite, decreased sex drive, ovarian cysts, depression, discoloring or scarring of the skin at the implant site, dizziness, hair loss, headaches, nausea, nervousness, pain or infection at the insertion site, sore breasts.  For a very small number of women, there may be more serious problems including ulnar nerve damage at the insertion site.  This method may avoid some dangers of combined hormonal contraceptives (blood clots).

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation

1 Medical Drive 

Amarillo, Texas 79106 

Phone 806.322.3599

Fax 806.372.5237

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. 

Saturday (1st and 3rd) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.