Contraceptive implants are available at Westridge Medical. This is a very effective and convenient contraceptive method, and is similar to taking the Pill. Discuss the option of the Implanon contraception with your GP in more detail if this option is right for you and your lifestyle.
The Implanon implant is 4cm long and is made of plastic. The device is inserted just under the skin on the inside of one’s arm. The procedure must be performed by a doctor or nurse who is familiar with the technique.
The Implanon then steadily releases a small amount of hormone over a period of three years. Like the Pill, it helps in preventing pregnancy and lasts for three years. The implant must be removed and replaced with a new one at the end of three years, however it can be taken out at any time by a doctor or nurse familiar with the removal technique.
The Implanon is inserted and removed under a local anaesthetic as a small incision is required. This takes as quick as one minute and may leave a very small scar. The procedure of insertion and removal of the implant must be performed by a doctor or nurse who is familiar with these techniques.
Implantation doesn’t usually hurt, there may be some bruising and tenderness after insertion or removal. One can wear a bandage to help reduce bruising or tenderness.
The Implanon is the ideal contraception for women who:
The Implanon may not be suitable for women who:
The Implanon is known to work very effectively. Out of 100 women who use it for a year, less than 1 will become pregnant. Therefore it is proven even more effective than the pill.
Some medicines can reduce the effectiveness of the Implanon, please make sure your doctor knows about all the medications you are using before you get the Implanon inserted.
Remember that the Implanon will not protect you from STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) – only condoms can provide you with protection. Talk to your doctor about whether the Implanon is the best form of contraception for you.
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