Contraceptive Implant Removal and Insertion

A contraceptive implant small flexible rod-shaped that is inserted under the skin of the inner upper arm under local anesthetic. It contains the hormone progestogen which is similar to the female hormone progesterone, and it only needs replacing every 3 years. It slowly releases the hormone to assist in pregnancy prevention (it is considered 99.9% effective. Meaning in 1 out of 1000 women, it might not be effective).

It acts in three ways:

  • Stops or prevents ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovary)
  • Thickens the mucous lining the cervix which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus (womb)
  • Changes the lining of the uterus to make it less suitable for pregnancy

The contraceptive implant is inserted during a minimally invasive procedure. It is considered suitable for most women, but the doctor will review you and your suitability for the contraceptive implant during your consultation. Any time your health changes while you have the contraceptive implant, you should discuss it and have its suitability reviewed by your doctor.

Some advantages associated with the contraceptive implant include:

  • Long lasting;
  • No need to remember a regular pill;
  • Considered very effective;
  • Inexpensive;
  • The chance of light to no regular bleeding

Like all medical interventions, there can be some side effects experienced by the individual. They can include:-

  • Headaches;
  • Mood changes;
  • Breast tenderness;
  • Acne;
  • Decreased sexual interest;
  • Changes in weight (either weight loss OR weight gain);
  • The chance of prolonged bleeding