Implant insertion and removal for contraception

Implant

The contraceptive implant is a tiny rod which is inserted under the skin of the inner, upper arm to provide 3 years of contraceptive protection. The implant is made of plastic containing a progestogen, and is 2 mm wide and 4 cm long — similar in shape and size to a match stick.

Your doctor will remove the implant after it has been in place for 3 years, or at any time prior to this if the contraceptive effect is no longer required. Fertility returns soon after removal of the implant.

To continue contraception, a new implant must be inserted at the time of removal of the previous one.

We have 4 GPs at at our clinic who are trained to insert and remove implanon.

Please let reception know at the time of booking what your needs are e.g. Initial discussion or Implant procedure.

If you are new to this type of contraception you will be offered an initial consultation with one of our GPs so you can make an informed choice.

You will also need a prescription to purchase the implant and bring the packet with your for your procedure appointment, if you choose to go ahead.

This type of contraception is low in costs as the one implant lasts 3 years.

The doctor will decide in consultation with you the most suitable time for insertion.

This depends on your personal situation (e.g. on the birth control method that you are currently using).

Unless you are switching from another hormonal contraceptive method, insertion should be done on day 1-5 of your normal menstrual bleeding to rule out pregnancy.

Your GP here will advise you when to insert the implant in your initial consult.

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