Things to consider
The implant does not protect you from STIs. You should use a condom as well if you think you are at risk of an STI.
A small procedure is required to fit and remove the implant, this only takes a few minutes, using a local anaesthetic.
The implant can change your periods significantly. This varies from woman to woman – you may have no bleeding at all, or more prolonged, more infrequent or irregular bleeding. This is not harmful but may be inconvenient.
Most women can use the implant, but your clinician will ask about your family and medical history to determine whether or not the implant is the best method for you.
The implant is not suitable for women who:
- Are pregnant
- Have unexplained irregular bleeding
- Want regular periods
It also may not be suitable for women who have or have had
certain health conditions.
Side effects & risks
Spotty skin, breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, loss of sex drive, changes in mood.
The area of skin where the implant has been fitted can become infected. The skin will be cleaned and may be treated with antibiotics.
Periods may change significantly: bleeding may be prolonged or infrequent, or you will have no bleeding.
If short term symptoms do not go after a few months, or if you have prolonged or severe headaches, you should talk to your sexual health clinic or GP.