How does it work?
- Small, flexible rod put under the skin of the upper arm, inserted using local anaesthetic which makes the area numb.
- Releases the hormone progestogen. This stops you ovulating, thickens the mucus in the cervix (neck of the womb) to prevent sperm reaching the egg and thins the lining of the womb so that a fertilised egg can’t implant.
What’s good about it?
- Over 99% effective.
- Works for 3 years.
- Easily removed by your GP when needed.
- When it’s removed your fertility (ability to get pregnant) will return to normal.
What might the disadvantages be?
- Periods may stop, be irregular or last longer.
- You may get acne or acne might become worse.
- You will need a small procedure to remove it.
Where can I get it?
- You can get get it from your GP or local sexual health clinic.
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