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What is a contraceptive implant?

The implant (Nexplanon) is a form of contraceptive that releases the hormone progestogen into the bloodstream, which prevents ovulation. The implant itself is a small flexible plastic rod that's placed under the skin in your upper arm by our qualified doctors.

How effective is the implant?

This process is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy

How long does the implant last?

The implant can provide protection for up to 3 years.

How is the implant fitted?

The skin is cleaned and local anaesthetic is used to ensure the skin is numb. A device places the implant just under the skin of the upper arm. Steri strips are placed over the insertion site and a dressing applied. The skin normally heals within 5 days. This is a quick and simple procedure.

Is IGP also able to remove the implant?

Yes, similar to the implant fitting, the skin is cleaned and local anaesthetic is used to ensure the skin is numb. A small cut is made in the skin and the implant removed. Steristrips are used to close the skin and a dressing applied. The skin normally heals within 5 days.

What is the difference between an IUD and an IUS?

An IUD (Intrauterine device), which is sometimes referred to as a copper coil, is a small, T-shaped device made out of copper and plastic, which is used to protect against pregnancy. An IUS (Intrauterine system), or Mirena coil, works by releasing small amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus.

How effective are the IUD & IUS Coils?

Both processes are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy

How long do IUD & IUS coils last?

The IUD coil can provide protection from up to 10 years. IUS coil works for 5 years (or 7 years if placed after the age of 45 years).

Can I have the implant or coil removed sooner than planned?

Yes, we will need to discuss with you your reasons for requesting a removal and offer help and advice regarding any side effects, which she may be able to help you alleviate your symptoms without needing a removal of the implant. However, should your choice still be to remove the device then this can be completed.

Which contraceptive method should I choose?

Before arranging an appointment for fitting one of the contraceptive devices, we will arrange a telephone consultation with one of our trained doctors. During this pre-appointment telephone consultation, we will discuss the potential side effects of each method of contraception with you including risks of the device and any potential risks during the fitting procedure.

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