THE CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT
A SKIN-DEEP METHOD WITH LONG-ACTING PROTECTION.
ARM YOURSELF AGAINST UNPLANNED PREGNANCY
The contraceptive implant is as effective as other hormonal methods of contraception. It is a small, flexible plastic rod that contains a reservoir of the hormone progestin, which is constantly released through the entire body. The hormone prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs, and also thickens the cervical mucus, making it harder for the sperm to move.
You should consult your doctor or nurse when deciding if the contraceptive implant is right for you. If you do decide to get one fitted, your doctor or nurse will do this for you. A local anesthetic will take the pain out of the procedure, in which the implant is placed under the skin of your inner upper arm. Once that's done, there's little to do or remember. The implant will release hormones for up to three years, so it's a good choice for all women who want a reliable, long-acting contraceptive. Should you decide to return to fertility, another minor surgery will remove the implant, and its effects will wear off very quickly.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Small silicone rods release hormones into the body.
The amount of time it takes to have one placed.
At this age, it can be left in until you reach the menopause or no longer need contraception.
- It can stay in place for up to three years, but can be removed at any time.
- Allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Can offer an alternative to women who experience negative effects from the hormone estrogen.
- Some women experience lighter periods.
- Can be used when breastfeeding six weeks after childbirth.
- A doctor or nurse must perform the placement and removal.
- Irregular bleeding after placement is common.
- Some women experience weight gain, and pain in the breasts and abdomen.
- It doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.
Is It Okay?
It’s totally normal to feel worried about placement pain. Rest assured your doctor or nurse will be able to talk you through the procedure – that way, you can feel more in control by knowing what will happen.