- Works for three years
- You don’t have to prepare for or interrupt sex
- You don’t have to remember to take a pill everyday
- You don’t need a vaginal examination
- May reduce heavy or painful periods after first year
- Suitable for those that can’t take oestrogen
- Fertility returns to normal when removed
- May also give some protection against cancer of the womb.
The implant is a small, flexible plastic tube that sits under the skin of your upper arm and releases the progestogen hormone. It is long-acting and reversible, so you can take it out if you want to get pregnant.
It is the fourth most popular method of contraception in the UK, and more common amongst women under the age of 35.
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