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Advantages and Disadvantages of the Hormonal Implant for Birth Control


Advantages and Disadvantages of the Hormonal Implant for Birth Control

The following table lists the advantages and disadvantages of using the Implanon implant birth control method.

Deciding about hormonal implants

Consideration

Hormone implant (Implanon)

Advantages

  • Provides extremely effective birth control for 3 years
  • Does not require interruption of foreplay or intercourse
  • Safe to use while breast-feeding
  • Can be used by women who should not take estrogen
  • Reduces cramps and pain at ovulation
  • Less menstrual bleeding overall
  • Can be used by smokers over age 35
  • Rapid return to fertility following removal

Disadvantages

  • Unpredictable and irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Must be inserted and removed by a trained health professional
  • May cause menstrual periods to stop or be very light
  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV
  • May cause headaches

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedJune 28, 2011

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