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Implant

The implant is a highly effective form of contraception and once it has been in place for 7d offers nearly 100% protection from pregnancy as long as no medication is taken that could interfere with it working.

It is a small device about the size of a match that has to be fitted by a trained clinician to sit just underneath the skin on the inside of you forearm. It is licensed for use up to 3 years but during the Covid-19 pandemic it has been advised that it will last for 4 years. The implant gives out a regular amount of the hormone known as progesterone and this suppression ovulation (prevents you from producing an egg). Please read the information attached to the links and tick the box below to say you have understood if you wish to go ahead with the procedure.

Advantages of the contraceptive implant

  • You do not have to remember to take something every day.
  • It can thin the lining down of the womb so that you periods may be lighter or stop.
  • It do not increase your risk of bloods clots or strokes so can be used if you smoke, are very over weight or have certain types of migraines.
  • It lasts for 3 years and is highly effective.

Disadvantages

  • Irregular or unpredictable bleeding.
  • Can increase weight.
  • Might affect skin, mood, sex drive and cause headaches but may also improve them.
  • Requires a trained clinician to fit and remove the device and the procedure is a little uncomfortable.

Please read the information attached to the links below and tick the box when you have to say you have understood

If you would like an implant fitted please call to book a telephone appointment with Dr Boyle or Dr Aitken who will advise when we can arrange a fit. Ideally it is best if there is no risk of pregnancy at the time of the fit, the implant itself would cause no harm if you were to be pregnant, but it may mask a pregnancy as often your periods stop, so we would advise a pregnancy test 3 weeks after you implant is fitted.