Contraceptive Implant Insertion & Removal
Contraceptive implants are a safe and effective birth control method. The implant is a small plastic rod that’s placed beneath the skin on your upper arm. It then releases the hormone progestogen into the bloodstream which safely alters your hormone balance making pregnancy impossible.
It lasts for three years and has a 99% effectiveness rate. It’s also suitable for women who are unable to use oestrogen-based contraception. Private implant insertion and removal is a quick, private and efficient way to gain protection from unwanted pregnancy.
Removing and inserting contraceptive implants
The procedure to both remove and insert contraceptive implants is simple, quick and pain-free. The implant is usually placed on the inside of your upper arm and prior to insertion and removal, a local anaesthetic will be used. This will numb the area before the doctor makes a tiny incision in your skin in order to insert or remove the implant.
An implant is removed by gently drawing it out through the incision. This incision is so small that no stitches are required after the implant has been inserted or removed. The process only takes a few minutes and many people who have undergone it compare it to having an injection.
If your implant has been in your arm for 3 years and you wish to continue to benefit from contraception, then it can be removed and replaced with a new implant at the same time. This saves time and ensures that you receive continual protection against unwanted pregnancy. It also means that you only have to go through the procedure once.
What happens if you later decide you want to try to become pregnant?
If, after having a contraceptive implant inserted into your arm, you decide that you’d like to attempt to become pregnant, you will need to have your implant removed. As soon as the implant is removed you will no longer be protected from pregnancy.
What are the advantages of contraceptive implants?
Inserting and removing implants is an easy process that provides long-lasting contraceptive benefits and you don’t have to remember to take a pill. Many women can’t use oestrogen-based contraception and find an implant to be their preferred alternative. A contraceptive implant is safe to use while you are breastfeeding. It may also reduce heavy periods or period pain.
Why choose to have the procedure done privately?
When you choose to have a contraceptive implant inserted or removed privately you have much greater say over when and where it’s carried out. It provides a discreet, quick and comfortable option enabling you to have your chosen procedure and then get on with your life.
If you don’t want to wait to have your procedure carried out and want to enjoy the protection of a contraceptive implant quickly, then a private implant insertion is a good choice.