February 27, 2023
What is it?
The implant is a long-term contraception solution. It is a flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin of the upper arm. The implant releases a low, steady dose of a progestational hormone to thicken cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus. Contraceptive implants typically also suppress ovulation.
How does it work?
Once placed, it will steadily release the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream. In turn, this prevents the release of an egg every month. The implant should begin to work five days after you've fitted it.
How it is fitted?
The procedure takes around a minute or so. Bit the preparation takes longer. During the procedure, you will lie on your back. The doctor or nurse will locate a groove between the triceps and biceps on the side side of your upper arm. They then inject a local anesthetic and use an applicator to insert the drive beneath your skin. After the procedure, they may do an ultrasound or X-ray to ensure that the implant has been properly inserted. Then they will place a pressure bandage on you, that you keep on for about 24 hours. It is common that you may have some bruising and pain after the insertion. However, if you have severe side effects you should contact your doctor.
How is it removed?
The implant needs to be removed at the three-year mark. You can remove it prior to this too. For removal, they will inject a local anesthetic into your arm underneath the implant. Then they make an incision into your skin and will push the implant toward the incision until the tip is visible and can be taken out with forceps. This usually takes less than 10 minutes. If you wish you can insert a new device afterward.
How effective is it?
The implant is more than 99% effective. What's great about the implant is that you don't have to take anything or do anything for three years. Therefore, it can be a good fit for people who forget to take their pills. If you have side effects you can take the implant out.
Advantages and disadvantages of the implant:
The great thing about the implant is that it works for three years and is good if you cannot use oestrogen based contraception. Likewise, it is safe to use whilst breastfeeding and may reduce heavy periods or period pain. However, it can lead to side effects such as headaches, nausea, and mood swings. Your periods may become irregular or entirely stop. The implant can also lead to increased acne.
For further information on the implant please refer to the following:
NHS Read more
Planned ParenthoodRead more
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