A small rod is inserted under the skin of a woman’s upper arm by a health care provider. This rod releases the hormone progestin.
Less than one woman in 1,000 becomes pregnant in one year.
It protects against pregnancy for up to 3 years–without having to do a thing. It can shorten or lighten a woman’s period and reduce cramps.
Doesn’t protect against STDs including HIV; may cause irregular periods, nausea,headaches, and weight gain. Some women may be able to see the rod under the skin and rarely can get a skin infection at the insertion site. Plus, having the rod removed can be a hassle.
How To Get It
Requires a visit to a health care provider; the cost for insertion is usually about $400-$800 (which is less than the overall cost of 3 years of birth control pills).