A small plastic rod is placed under the skin in your upper arm and releases the hormone progesterone into the blood stream slowly which prevents the release of an egg each month (ovulation) as well as thickening cervical mucus making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb. It also thins the lining of the womb so an egg is less likely to implant.
Lasts a long time & works within 7 days
No interruption of sex and can be used during breastfeeding
It can help those with heavy or painful periods
It can be used by those who can’t use combined contraception eg migraines, overweight
Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the implant is removed
Periods may become irregular or stop completely (advantage)
Some experience temporary side effects in the first few months: headaches, nausea, breast tenderness or mood changes
You may develop acne or your acne can worsen
Doesn’t protect against STDs
Some medicines can make it less effective e.g.:
Treatment for HIV, epilepsy and TB
Complementary remedies e.g. St John’s Wort
Antibiotics such as rifabutin or rifampicin
You would need additional contraceptive cover if using any of these medicines
The contraceptive implant is not suitable if you:
Think you are pregnant
Don’t want your periods to change
Take medicines that interfere with its effectiveness
Have unexplained bleeding between periods or after sex
Have arterial disease or a history or heart disease or stroke
Have liver disease
Have breast cancer or had it in the past
Have a medical condition that may affect which contraception you can use
Have I another way of getting an implant other than paying for it?
Patients sometimes will provide their own implant having received an NHS (N. Ireland) or GMS (Ireland) prescription from their GP. We are happy to fit implants provided by patients.
Select the most appropriate appointment from the links below.
You can provide your own implant via your NHS or GMS GP. Alternatively we can provide a Nexplanon at additional cost.