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Contraceptive implant

What is it?

A contraceptive implant is a small flexible rod that is inserted under local anaesthetic under the skin of the upper arm of women. It releases hormones which prevent pregnancy and can stay in place for up to three years, although it can be removed earlier.

Nexplanon is the main contraceptive implant used in the UK.

How it works

The contraceptive implant stops the release of an egg from the ovary by slowly releasing progestogen into the body. This also thickens the cervical mucus and thins the womb lining, making it harder for sperm to move through the cervix, and less likely that the womb will accept a fertilised egg.

Implants are over 99% effective and are instantly reversible once removed, which means that most women will be fertile again and potentially able to become pregnant immediately after the implant has been removed.

We can discuss the implant as a contraception option, and provide implant insertion/removal as required.

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