Implant – NHS Sexual Health & Blood Borne Viruses | Tayside

How does it work?

 

An implant is a small flexible rod that is placed just under your skin in your upper arm (under local anaesthetic).  It releases a progestogen hormone which is similar to the hormone women naturally produce.

It works by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).  It also thickens the mucus in the cervix preventing sperm reaching the egg and thins the lining of the uterus so it is less likely to accept a fertilised egg.

What are the advantages?

  • The implant is over 99% effective- the most effective method of contraception, including female sterilisation
  • It works for three years
  • It can be used if you are breastfeeding
  • It may reduce heavy, painful periods
  • Your fertility will return to normal as soon as the implant is removed

Are there any disadvantages?

  • It requires a small procedure to fit and remove it
  • Some women may get temporary side effects including headaches, mood changes and tender breasts
  • Some women may get acne, or their acne may worsen
  • The implant does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections so you may need to use condoms too

Where can I get it?

The implant is fitted by a trained doctor or nurse. This can be done at: