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What is it?
A small, flexible tube containing progestogen. The implant is inserted under the skin of your upper arm by a trained professional, and it lasts for three years. In the UK, the implant is called Nexplanon.

You can have the implant removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly. This means that once the implant is removed, you could get pregnant as easily as if you'd never had the implant.

How does it work?
The implant stops the release of an egg from the ovary by slowly releasing progestogen into your body. It thickens the cervical mucus and thins the womb lining. This makes it harder for sperm to move through your cervix, and less likely for your womb to accept a fertilised egg.

How effective is it?
If implanted correctly, it's more than 99.9% effective. This means that less than one woman in 1,000 will get pregnant in one year.
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Added benefits?

      Purple petal    It's very useful for women who know they don't want to get pregnant for a while. Once the implant is in place, you don't have to think about contraception for three years.    
  Purple petal   It can be useful for women who can't use contraception that contains oestrogen.
  Purple petal   It's very useful for women who find it difficult to take a pill at the same time every day.      
  Purple petal   It's not affected by most medications. (Check with doctor/nurse)  
  Purple petal   If you have side effects, you can have it taken out.      

What else should I know?

      Purple petal    When the implant is first put in, you may feel some bruising, tenderness or swelling.    
  Purple petal   When the implant is fitted bleeding patterns may become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer. This can change over the 3 years.
  Purple petal   A common side effect of the implant is that your periods stop (amenorrhoea). It's not harmful, but you may want to consider this before deciding to have an implant.      
  Purple petal   Some medicines or homeopathic remedies, such as St John's Wort, may reduce its effectiveness. (Check with a doctor or nurse)  
  Purple petal   If you have any problems or questions, or you want the implant removed, see your Doctor or Nurse.      


By using condoms as well as the implant, you'll help to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

An Implant is freely available from Contraception Clinics. Use the Service Finder to find a clinic that’s most convenient for you. Or call our Central Booking line 01772 401140 for more information on this method or to book an appointment.

 

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