What Works/What Doesn’t

Preventing Pregnancy



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.

Success Rate

Less than one woman in 1,000 becomes pregnant in one year.

The Perks

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.

Drag Factor

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).

Provided By: Bedsider

Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are the ONLY method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.