How Do They Work?
The Implant is a rod of plastic that sits under your skin on the inside of your arm. It releases the hormone progesterone into your bloodstream which stops you from becoming pregnant.
What To Expect At Your Appointment
The Implant needs to be fitted by a trained nurse or doctor.
During the appointment, you can expect the nurse to ask you a few questions to check if you're suitable for the implant and also check your weight and blood pressure.
The actual fitting of the implant should only take a few minutes. You will be given a local anaesthetic in the arm so you do not feel it going in and there will be no stitches. The implant lasts for 3 years.
You can expect some bruising for the first few days but you will be given a dressing and the scar will be very minimal.
If the implant is fitted during the first 5 days of your period, you will be protected immediately.
If the implant is fitted on any other day of your menstrual cycle, you need to use condoms or internal condoms for the first 7 days. You may also be required to take a pregnancy test after the implant has been fitted.
Pros✅ Nothing to remember to take/put on.
✅ It works for up to 3 years
✅ It is an option for people who can’t use contraception containing oestrogen
✅ There is no evidence that it causes you to pile on weight.
✅ Your fertility returns to normal as soon as it is removed, with no long-term effects
✅ The implant is not affected by being sick
✅ It can help reduce heavy periods and reduce period pain
Cons❌ It does not protect against STIs
❌ Can experience side effects like headaches, sore boobs and nausea.
❌ Bleeding patterns may be irregular or stop completely.
❌ It can cause or worsen acne.