What is the contraceptive implant?
An implant is a small bendy tube about the size of a matchstick. It is placed just under the skin in your upper arm following local anaesthetic. It releases a progestogen hormone for up to three years. The main way the implant works is to stop your ovaries releasing an egg (ovulation), thickening of the cervical mucus to prevent sperm reaching an egg and thinning of the lining of the womb to prevent a fertilised egg implanting.
Only a specially trained doctor or nurse can give you an implant. If your GP does not offer this method of contraception you can come to a Sandyford clinic.
If you are thinking about getting an implant the doctor or nurse will consider your medical history to make sure you can have an implant. Ask the doctor or nurse any questions you have.
How effective is it?
Contraceptive use can either be perfect (always correct) or typical (more accurate, as it’s sometimes difficult to use contraception correctly every time).
With typical use of the combined pill, approximately 5 in 10,000 people become pregnant within the first year of use.
What makes it less effective?
Some medications, including some complementary medicines, can make your contraception less effective. Always tell your doctor, nurse, dentist or chemist.
What are the advantages?
Are there any disadvantages?
Only condoms can provide protection against most infections.
To check if they provide your choice of contraception.
If you have any concerns or questions.