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How effective is an etonogestrel implant?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

The etonogestrel implant is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. It is 180 times more effective than birth control pills. The failure rate is less than 1 pregnancy for every 1,000 implant users per year. The etonogestrel implant can reduce pain related to menstrual periods and endometriosis.

The etonogestrel implant does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV or herpes.

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