Contraception FAQs: Implants

Contraception FAQs:  Implants


A contraceptive implant, and
this is the implant that I’m holding up here. It’s four centimeters by two millimeters. So it’s very small I suppose
you’d call it a flexible rod. And this implant is,
it sits just in, in, under the skin. You can actually feel it just under the skin
of what we call your non-dominant arm. The arm that you don’t, don’t write with. It’s got some hormone in it. It’s what we call a progesterone hormone. It lasts for up to three years. So after you’ve had the implant inserted, and it needs to be inserted by someone
who’s been trained to do that. then, as I say, it can sit in your arm for
up to three years. But you can have it taken out at any
time if you do want to fall pregnant. Or if you don’t like it for any reason, you can have it removed,
and it’s instantly reversible. Or certainly within 24 hours there’s no,
no hormone left in the body. So, so that’s a very attractive feature of
it, that, that instant reversibility, but it’s also very effective, so
that’s the most important thing about it, that once you’ve had it inserted,
you don’t need to think about it anymore. You don’t need to remember to take
a pill every day, for instance. And it’s a highly effective
form of contraception. No form of contraception suits everyone. So there’s certainly no one size fits
all when it comes to contraception. What we need to do is talk to
you about the different options. If you feel that this is a useful thing for
you, you feel comfortable about something sitting in your arm, then it can
be a very useful form of contraception. When it goes in, it, it does come, it’s
loaded into what we call an, an applicator. We do need to put a little bit
of local anesthetic in the arm, so certainly, you know,
that can hurt a little bit. It’s a little bit of a sting. And, then we insert the device
just under the skin. So you know, I would be, it would not be
true if I said it doesn’t hurt at all, but it’s a very you know, it’s a very minimal
amount of pain and then when we, well, what we do then is we put a, a waterproof
dressing on it, we put a crepe bandage on it to you know, minimise any bruising or
anything like that that can happen. When it’s in it shouldn’t you know,
you shouldn’t feel it. You shouldn’t be aware of it at all. When it comes to removing it, we do,
again, need to put just a tiny bit of, of local anesthetic under the under
the skin and then we remove it quite, in a, you know, quite straightforward way.

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