ARM YOURSELF AGAINST UNPLANNED PREGNANCY
The contraceptive implant is one the most effective methods of contraception. It is a small, flexible plastic rod that contains a reservoir of the hormone progestogen, which is constantly released through the entire body. The hormone prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, and thickens the cervical mucus, making it harder for the sperm to move.
You should consult your doctor or nurse when deciding if the contraceptive implant is right for you. If you do decide to get one fitted, your doctor or nurse will do this for you. A local anaesthetic will take the pain out of the procedure, in which the implant is inserted under the skin of your inner upper arm. Once that's done, there's little to do or remember. The implant will release hormones for up to 3 years, so it's a good choice for all women who want a reliable, long-acting contraceptive. Should you decide that you no longer want to have the contraceptive implant, a small procedure by a healthcare professional will be needed in order to remove the implant, and its effects will wear off quickly allowing you to return to your normal fertility level.
The contraceptive implant does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
The implant is more than 99% effective with “perfect use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
Since you get it with a prescription, and it is inserted by a doctor or nurse, the contraceptive implant is a highly effective method of contraception.
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The implant is more than 99% effective with “typical use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
The contraceptive implant is a highly effective option because once it is fitted by a healthcare professional it doesn't rely on you having to remember it in order to work.
Therefore, there is no difference in its typical use and perfect use effectiveness.
Yes. The contraceptive implant releases a progestogen hormone throughout the entire body.
Ease of Use
The contraceptive implant is inserted by a doctor or nurse and lasts for up to 3 years. If you want to stop using the contraceptive implant, a doctor or nurse can remove it.
Some women may experience lighter, less frequent periods while others may experience heavier and more irregular bleeding. The bleeding pattern experienced during the first three months is likely to continue.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.