A single contraceptive implant, about 40mm long, is put into the upper arm. It releases the hormone progestogen which is also found in both the Combined Pill and the Progestogen-only Pill.
Spend a bit of time looking here and finding out more about the implant and if you have any questions, you can get in touch with Ask Brook. Ask Brook is confidential. That means we won't tell anyone you contacted us unless we think you're in really serious danger.
The contraceptive implant is one of the types of contraception called a LARC. LARC stands for 'Long Acting Reversible Contraception'. LARC methods don't rely on you remembering to take them, but they do need a professional (like a doctor or a nurse) to give them to you. They are very effective.
The implant contains the hormone progestogen which it releases slowly. It stops ovulation (the release of an egg) and thickens the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to get into the womb.
An implant is about the size of a match stick. It is placed under the skin, in your upper arm. A doctor or nurse will give you a local anaesthetic injection, to numb this part of your arm. They make a tiny cut in your skin and put the implant in. It should only take a few minutes, and you won't need any stitches. The area may be tender for a few days, but the doctor or nurse will put a small dressing on, to protect it and help stop any bruising.
If the implant is put in during the first five days of your period, it protects you against pregnancy straight away. If it's put in on any other day of your menstrual cycle you will not be protected against pregnancy for the first seven days, so you'll need to use another method of contraception, (like condoms) for the first seven days. If your periods come every 23 days or less, you may not be protected so should seek further advice or use a condom for the first seven days.
The implant is suitable for most women. A doctor or nurse will need to know about a woman's medical history and any illnesses suffered by immediate members of her family. That's to find out if there are any medical reasons why it might not be suitable for you.