Contraceptive Implant Insertion
The contraceptive implant is an effective, long-term contraceptive option for women. It’s a flexible plastic rod around the size of a matchstick that is placed under the skin of the upper arm.
It will then prevent pregnancy for three years, with efficacy of >99.5%
How does the contraceptive implant work?
The implant works by steadily releasing the hormone progestogen into the bloodstream. This prevents the release of an egg each month. As well as preventing ovulation, it thickens the cervical mucus which makes it more difficult for sperm to move through the cervix. It also thins the lining of the womb so that a fertilised egg is then less likely to implant itself.
As long as you are not pregnant, the implant can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle. When the implant is fitted during the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, you will then be immediately protected against unwanted pregnancy. When it’s fitted on any other day of your cycle, you will need to use additional contraceptive measures, such as condoms, for 7 days.
Insertion is a quick and easy procedure and only takes a few minutes. It feels similar to having an injection and no stitches are required after the implant has been fitted. The implant works for 3 years, before needing to be replaced. It can be safely used until you reach menopause.
The removal procedure takes a few minutes, with the doctor making a tiny cut in your skin to gently withdraw the implant. A local anaesthetic will be used.
What are the benefits of the contraceptive implant?
Contraceptive implants give 3 years of protection following a quick and simple procedure. It’s safe to use while breastfeeding and provides an alternative to oestrogen-based contraception which many women are unable to use. . Fertility returns to normal levels as soon as the implant is removed.
Another key benefit for many women is that the contraceptive implant can lighten or even stop periods, as well as reducing period pain.
Also you can relax and not think about contraception for 3 years.
Are there any side effects when using a contraceptive implant?
During the first months following the insertion of a contraceptive implant, some women experience temporary side effects such as headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood swings. It can also exacerbate problems with acne.
This biggest side effect to mention is bleeding - Majority of women will not have regular periods with implant, but instead have irregular bleeding whihc may be light or may be heavy. A portion of women have no bleeding at all .
Contraceptive implants do not protect against sexually transmitted infections, so using additional barrier methods such as condoms may be needed if high risk.
The benefits of private family planning treatment
An increasing number of women are finding that private family planning consultations are beneficial. They find that private treatments are more relaxed, less hurried and private. They are treated by an experienced specialist in the field who is able to answer any questions, offer advice and deliver stress-free treatment.
Dr Lisa is a highly experienced and competent General Practitioner with specialist expertise in Family Planning. At her Harley Street clinic, she provides confidential and personalised private healthcare that gives clients more choice about when they are treated, and more time to talk about their concerns.
The Clinic is located on Harley Street, Marylebone, in central London, with easy access from across the city and beyond via public transport.