Contraceptive Implants

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The contraceptive implant is a small device inserted into the upper arm which releases Progestogen into the bloodstream. This has been shown to be more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years. A consultation with a Midland Health GP will help to answer any questions or talk through any concerns you may be having.

How does the Contraceptive implant work?

The implant stops the ovulation by thickening the mucus around your cervix. The lining of your womb gets thinner so the fertilised egg is unable to implant. 

The contraceptive implant is usually the length of a matchstick or hairpin ( around 4 cm long). One of our expert GPs will then insert it in your upper arm, under your skin,  and it will provide protection for a period of three years or until you take it out. A local anaesthetic is administered to numb that part of your arm before the implant is fitted in. Stitches won’t be required but the area will be tender for a couple of days.

During the appointment

-We will ask you a couple of questions about your medical history in order to see if you’re suitable for the implant;
-We will also ask you what type of medications you are currently on to see if there is anything that might lessen the effectiveness of the implant;
- We will take your blood pressure and weight;

Advantages –

  • Fertility should return to normal as soon as the implant is removed.
  • The implant is a good option for women who have difficulty remembering to take the contraceptive pill or can’t tolerate oestrogen-based options.
  • The implant is safe to use while you are breastfeeding.
  • The implant can help to reduce heavy or painful periods.

Disadvantages -

  • The implant does not protect against sexually transmitted infection, so you may still need to use condoms.
  • A small procedure is necessary to have the implant fitted or removed.
  • The implant may cause temporary side-effects in the first few months including headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood swings.
  • The implant may cause periods to become irregular or stop altogether.
  • Acne can sometimes become worse through the implant.

When should I get the implant fitted in?

The implant can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle but you will have to be sure you are not pregnant. Fitting it in during the first few days after your period will ensure you are instantly protected against pregnancies. 
If you fit the implant in any other day in your menstrual cycle, you will need to use condoms for the first week. 
If you are unsure what the best type of contraception is right for you, you can always check with one of our GPs to find out the best course of action for you. A consultation with a Midland Health GP will help to answer any questions or talk through any concerns you may be having.

Contraceptive Implant Removal 

One of our specially trained GPs will perform the removal-You will be given a local anesthetic
-A small cut will be then made into your skin and we’ll remove the implant
-A small dressing will then be put on your arm. Which you should keep for a few days


Contraceptive Implant Insertion (includes implant)


Contraceptive Implant Removal


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