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Contraceptive implants provide excellent but not FULL protection against pregnancy.
Contraceptive implants are flexible tubes under the skin in the arm. A local anaesthetic is used before the implant is put in the skin, and there are no stitches. The hormone, progestogen is released to stop ovulation, and to thicken cervical mucus to stop sperm meeting an egg. The hormone also thins the womb lining to stop an egg from going and staying there.
Contraceptive implants work for 3 years. They can however be taken out at any time, and the fertility level will go back to normal.
Periods often end up not regular and last for much longer or may stop, particularly during the first year of use. Some females may put on weight, and may have headaches, mood changes, spotty skin and breast tenderness.