How it works

Small flexible rod put under the skin of the upper arm.

Releases the hormone progestogen.

It stops ovulation, thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm reaching an egg, and thins the lining of the uterus to prevent a fertilised egg implanting.

  • Over 99% effective.
  • Works for 3-5 years but can be taken out sooner.
  • You don’t have to think about contraception for as long as the implant is in place.
  • When the implant is removed your fertility will return to normal.
  • Put in using a local anaesthetic and no stitches are needed.
  • Periods may stop, be irregular or last longer.
  • Acne may occur or worsen.
  • It requires a small procedure to put and remove it.
  • Put in a local anaesthetic and no stitches are needed.
  • Tenderness, bruising and some swelling may occur.
  • You should be able to feel the implant with your fingers, but it can’t be seen.
  • Some medicines may stop the implant from working.