2. The Implant
The Implant - (Nexplanon) - is a small flexible plastic rod that's placed under the skin in your upper arm by your GP.
It releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy and lasts for up to 3 years. You can see this lil guy in people's’ arms sometimes and is one of two invasive methods. You are put under a local anaesthetic before it happens. Some medicines can reduce the effectiveness of this method, so make sure your doctor checks that with you if you take prescription drugs.
Usual side effects include hormonal swings, weight gain, breast tenderness and irregular bleeding.
Not having to think about protecting yourself from pregnancy once it’s in (if inserted during your period). Good for people who can’t take oestrogen methods. No interruption during sex. It may lessen heavy and painful periods. Good for people who forget to take contraceptive pills daily.
Interrupted menstrual cycle - irregularity, they may stop altogether (amenorrhoea), or you may have a continuous period for months at at time when first inserted. Acne may increase and worsen. STI’s are still a risk. You may bruise badly after being inserted. You have to wait for an appointment to have it taken out.