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I want to get the implant birth control, but a friend in the military has it and says that, instead of having no period for three years, she is basically constantly spotting. Does it work for some people and just not others?
Sarah: Pretty much. I know some women who have taken the exact same form and dose of birth control who had wildly different experiences with them (though I’ve heard of that constantly-spotting thing more than the no-period thing with the implant). Keep in mind, too, that you’re adding hormones to an already established hormonal mix that’s unique to you, and it’s tough to predict how each person’s own mix will respond. Healthcare providers are aware of this, so talk to someone about your questions (the fine folks at the Bell Flower Clinic and Planned Parenthood clinics know all there is to know). It might take a few different tries with various hormone dosages and delivery methods, but you’ll find the right one for you.
Debby: Everyone is different in terms of how they respond to birth control. There are now several good long-acting forms of birth control including implants and a few different kinds of intrauterine devices (IUDs). You can learn more about these on PlannedParenthood.com and I would suggest asking your healthcare provider about which options might be right for you.