Contraceptive Implant ('the rod')


The Implant or Rod is a method of Longer Action Reversible Contraception (LARC).  LARC are methods of contraception that don't depend on you remembering to take or use them to be effective.

 The rod slowly releases a daily dose of hormone. The hormone (a progestogen) stops the release of an egg (ovulation) each month. It is very effective (over 99%) as it does not rely on you remembering to do anything.  Once fitted you can forget about your contraception for 3 years. It is suitable for the majority of women as it only contains a progestogen.

Possible side effects

  • irregular bleeding for 6 - 12 months
  • no bleeding
  • occasional weight changes
  • headaches
  • mood changes
  • breast tenderness


A local anaesthetic injection is required for fitting and removal of the implant. This will involve  a small amount of aneasethetic to numb the area where the implant will be inserted /removed. Following the procedure there may be a little swelling, tenderness and bruising but this should settle quickly. A small dressing will be applied and should be kept in place for 2-3 days.

The implant can be felt below the surface of the skin.

The implant can only be fitted by a nurse or doctor trained in the procedure.


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