Contraceptive Implant Removal
Many women find a contraceptive implant the most effective and stress-free way to ensure they are protected against unwanted pregnancy. A small, flexible rod is inserted under the skin in the upper arm which then releases hormones which are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to three years.
The implant we use in the UK is called Nexplanon. It prevents pregnancy by thinning the lining of the womb (endometrium) and in some women, it stops ovulation. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.
The removal process is pain-free and straightforward and Dr Chavda carries out the procedure at her Harley Street clinic.
When should your implant be removed?
Your implant should be removed after three years. It will continue to keep working for perhaps another 12 months but its efficacy will be reducing and your chances of becoming pregnant will increase.
If you wish to continue receiving contraception via an implant it should be removed and replaced. If you’re wanting to attempt to get pregnant then your implant will need to be removed if you are to be successful.
Although there is no immediate health risk from not having an expired contraceptive implant removed, leaving it in place in your arm is not recommended.
What is the removal process?
As with the insertion procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb a small area of your arm. A small cut will be made and the implant will be removed. The procedure is quick and painless and patients will usually feel nothing when the incision is made and the implant is taken out. If you wish to continue using Nexplanon another implant will be put in place.
Are there any side effects?
There is a minimal risk of side effects following an implant removal and you should feel completely normal. Your arm may feel a little tender or swollen around the incision for a few days and may look bruised for a week or two. You should gently wash and take care of your skin around the incision for a few days after the removal.
What happens to the body after the implant has been removed?
If the implant has been removed and a new one has not been inserted, then there is no protection against pregnancy as your hormone levels return to normal. If you have not had a replacement implant inserted and don’t wish to get pregnant you should use another method of birth control such as the contraceptive pill or condoms.
The advantages of private contraceptive implant removal
Having your contraceptive implant removed is a simple and quick process. Choosing to have it carried out privately puts you in charge. There’s no waiting for an NHS appointment and you can have the procedure carried out at a time of your choosing. Private contraceptive implant removal is quick, comfortable and private allowing you to get on with your life.