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Contraceptive Implant

Please speak to a receptionist if you would like a contraceptive implant appointment. These are carried out by specially trained doctors at Harborne Medical.

The contraceptive implant is a small, flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin in your upper arm. It releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. The implant is more than 99% effective and is useful for women who cannot use contraception containing oestrogen, or those who find it difficult to remember to take a pill at the same time every day.

The implant can be taken out if you have side effects. You can have it removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly. Your periods may become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer, or may stop altogether.

It doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so you may need to use condoms as well.

You can have the implant put in at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant. If the implant is fitted during the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, you’ll be immediately protected against becoming pregnant. If it’s fitted on any other day of your menstrual cycle, you’ll need to use additional contraception (such as condoms) for 7 days.

Please see this link for further information.