What is the contraceptive implant?
The contraceptive implant is a small, flexible plastic rod (about the size of a matchstick) containing progestogen. It is inserted by a trained doctor just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm.
How long does the implant last?
The implant contains enough contraceptive hormone for up to three years. After that, it must be removed by a doctor and can be replaced if desired.
How does it work
The implant continuously releases a small amount of the hormone progestogen to prevent pregnancy by changing the cervical mucus and by preventing the egg from leaving the ovary.
Other considerations about the contraceptive implant.
The implant is inserted by a doctor in a short procedure using a local anaesthetic. Once inserted, the implant can be felt just under the skin but usually it can't be seen. It can be removed by your doctor at any time.
Return to pre-existing fertility usually occurs within the first cycle after removing the implant. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have about the contraceptive implant.
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