How do they work?
The main way the implant works is by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg (ovulation) each month. It also:
- Thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to travel to reach an egg.
- Makes the lining of the womb thinner so it's less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
How long do they last?
- It works for three years.
How is it fitted?
- A trained doctor or nurse will fit the implant by inserting it under the skin in the inner upper arm. The process feels a bit like an injection.Whoever fits the implant will offer you local anaesthetic to stop it hurting. - Your arm may be a little sore or bruised for a few days after it's fitted.
- Your arm may be a little sore or bruised for a few days after it's fitted.
How is it removed?
- An implant is removed through a tiny cut which a trainied doctor or nurse will make in your skin. They will use local anaesthetic to stop it hurting.
- It can be used by women who cannot use the combined pill.
- It doesn't need an internal examination.
- Your normal fertility returns as soon as soon as it's removed.
- Some women report having headaches, acne, mood changes and breast tenderness.
- The implant can be less effective if you are using certain prescribed or bought medications - discuss this with your doctor or nurse.