Sexual Health, Family Planning and Contraception



As you all know contraception is an individual choice and it may change from time to time, as your lifestyle does. You might find contraception that lasts for a long time and that you don’t have to think about every day, is the best method for you.

Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant used in the UK is called Nexplanon. (Implants inserted before October 2010 are called Implanon.) It is a small flexible tube that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm under local anesthetic. It releases the hormone progestogen. The main way the implant works is by stopping the ovaries releasing eggs. In addition it thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb (which makes it harder for sperm to get through) and also makes the lining of the womb thinner so it is less likely to accept a fertilised egg.

How long does it last?

Three years or until you have it removed. Once it has been removed your fertility will return quickly and you could get pregnant.

If you are interested in this new service, please contact reception on 0131 552 3369 and the reception staff will arrange an appointment with Dr Jane MacDonagh for you to discuss in more detail.

Last Reviewed: 19/01/2017