Implant

What is it?

A small flexible rod which contains the hormone progestogen, it is put under the skin of the upper arm.Contraceptive Implant

How does the Contraceptive Implant work?

The Progestogen Only implant works mainly by preventing ovulation (release of an egg). The hormone progestogen thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm reaching the egg and thins the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilised egg.

How to use the contraceptive implant

Once the implant is in place you do not need to do anything, it lasts for 3 years before it needs replaced.

How effective is the Contraceptive Implant?

It is over 99% effective.

What are the advantages of the Contraceptive Implant?

It works for 3 years, but can be taken out sooner. You don’t have to think about contraception for as long as it remains in place. Fertility returns to normal when it is removed. You can use it if you are breast feeding.

What are the disadvantages of the Contraceptive Implant?

Irregular periods are a common side effect. There may be temporary side-effects such as headaches, spotty skin or breast tenderness. It requires a small procedure under local anaesthetic to insert it and another small procedure to remove it.

Does the Contraceptive Implant protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections?

No, condoms are the only form of contraception which gives protection against some infections.