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Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant is a thin and flexible plastic rod which is inserted under the skin in your upper arm.

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How does it work?

The implant works by releasing the hormone progestin.

The implant prevents ovulation.

This is when the ovaries release an egg each month.

Progestin thickens the mucus in the cervix so sperm cannot easily pass through and it thins the lining of the womb (endometrium) which makes it difficult for the egg to implant itself.


How long does it last?

The contraceptive implant lasts for 3-5 years depending on the brand.

Who can use it?

The contraceptive implant may not be suitable if*:


  • Have a history of breast cancer

  • Have a history of blood clots

  • You are pregnant

How effective is it?

The contraceptive implant is approximately 99% effective.


There are many advantages to using the contraceptive implant such as: 


  • It is long-lasting and effective

  • You do not have to remember to use it

  • It can be used when breastfeeding

  •  It can help improve painful or heavy periods

  • It is an alternative to oestrogen contraceptives


The disadvantages of the contraceptive implant include:


  • Lack of prevention against STIs

  • A procedure needed to insert and remove the implant

  • There are risks (e.g. infection)

  • Side effects (e.g. acne, headaches, breast tenderness, mood changes and nausea)

*This is not an extensive list. Please see your doctor for further advice.

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