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Contraceptive implant

We can discuss the implant as a contraception option, and provide implant insertion/removal as required. You will first need to book a telephone appointment to discuss your needs. If you opt for this method of contraception, you will be added to a waiting list and we will contact you once it is your turn to book.

What is it?

A contraceptive implant is a small flexible rod that is inserted under local anesthetic under the skin of the upper arm. 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.

About the procedure

If you are having an implant insertion / removal / exchange, you will be given an injection of local anesthetic in your upper arm so that the procedure does not hurt.

A small incision is made, then the implant is inserted or removed as required. The incision is then secured and your arm will be bandaged. This will help prevent infection and reduce bruising. You will be given an information leaflet and advice on aftercare at home.

Please make sure you wear suitable clothing for this procedure.