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Contraceptive Implant

 

Does it work?

The contraceptive implant
is up to 99% + effective.

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Top Plus Points
  • Doesn't interfere with sex
  • Can be used if you are breastfeeding
  • Normal levels of fertility return after the implant is removed
  • Contraception lasts for between three and five years

 

Any bad points?

  • Periods may change, bleeding can be irregular
  • Possible side effects include headaches, acne, tender breasts, weight gain abdominal pain and bloating
  • Very rarely an infection can occur in the arm where the implant is inserted.
  • A small procedure is required to both fit and remove it.
  • Can occasionally be difficult to remove the implant
  • Some women experience depression and mood swings
  • Doesn't protect against STIs, including HIV/AIDS

Where can I get one?

The contraceptive implant is only available from GPs or family planning clinics, because it has to be fitted by a trained doctor or nurse.

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