The hormonal implant is a small soft plastic rod containing progestogen that is inserted in your upper arm with minor surgery carried out by a trained doctor. The progestogen is released in tiny doses and the implant prevents pregnancy for three years. It can be removed at any time by minor surgery.
The implant is more than 99% effective meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who use the implant will get pregnant in a year.1
“Perfect use” is the same as “typical use” for the impant as while it is inserted you do not have to remember to take or use contraception.
- It is suitable if you want long-term contraception and wish to avoid taking or using a contraceptive every day
- You can breastfeed while you are using this method
- It may suit you if you do not tolerate estrogen
- Once it is removed your fertility (ability to become pregnant) will return to normal
- Some women may experience common hormonal side effects such as headaches, breast tenderness and abdominal discomfort
- Irregular bleeding may occur for the first few months and the bleeding pattern experienced during the first three months usually indicates future bleeding patterns for many women
- It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections
You can get the Implant from a doctor, Family Planning Clinic or Well Woman Clinic. Your doctor will write a prescription for the implant and you then bring this to a Pharmacy where you can buy the implant. The device is then inserted by your doctor, Family Planning Clinic or Well Woman Clinic; although not all doctors will insert devices they can refer you to someone who does. For Medical Card patients the implant is available on the GMS (General Medical Services).