The implant is sometimes called 'Rod'
How do they work?
- The main way the implant works is by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg (ovulation) each month. It also:
- Thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to travel to reach an egg.
- Makes the lining of the womb thinner so it's less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
How long do they last?
- It works for three years.
How effective is it?
- The contraceptive implant is more than 99 per cent effective.
- This means that using this method, fewer than one woman in 100 will get pregnant in a year.
How is it fitted?
- A trained doctor or nurse will fit the implant by inserting it under the skin in the inner upper arm. The process feels a bit like an injection.Whoever fits the implant will offer you local anaesthetic to stop it hurting.
- Your arm may be a little sore or bruised for a few days after it's fitted.
How is it removed?
- An implant is removed through a tiny cut which a trainied doctor or nurse will make in your skin. They will use local anaesthetic to stop it hurting.
- It can be used by women who cannot use the combined pill.
- It doesn't need an internal examination.
- Your normal fertility returns as soon as soon as it's removed.
- Your periods may become irregular.
- Some women report having headaches, acne, mood changes and breast tenderness.
- The implant can be less effective if you are using certain prescribed or bought medications - discuss this with your doctor or nurse.
The implant is a small, flexible tube about the size of a hairgrip. It's inserted under the skin in the inner upper arm. It slowly releases the hormone progestogen
Listen to Rhian's experience of having an implant:
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LARCs prevent pregnancy.
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