Contraceptive implant

    • Brief

    • The contraceptive implant is a method of contraception.

      It is a small flexible stick that is the same size as a matchstick. It contains one hormone. This hormone prevents ovulation. It also makes it more difficult for sperm cells to enter the uterus and reach the egg cell.

    • How does the contraceptive implant work?

    • A doctor will fit the implant. You will be given a local anaesthetic, and the stick will be pushed just under the skin of the inside of your upper arm. This is almost painless.

      The contraceptive implant works for three years. After three years it needs to be replaced.

    • How reliable is the contraceptive implant?

    • The contraceptive implant is very reliable if used correctly. It is also one of the most effective methods for younger people.

    • No damage to your health

    • The contraceptive implant contains one hormone. This hormone usually does not affect your health. However, in some cases, it is better to choose a different method of contraception. Ask a doctor for advice.

      The contraceptive implant does not make you less fertile. If you want to get pregnant, go to your healthcare provider to have the implant removed.

      During the first months of using the implant, you may have side effects such as tender breasts, headaches and irregular menstrual periods. These effects usually disappear spontaneously. If they do not disappear, consult a doctor.

      Your menstrual periods can become less heavy and often stop altogether. For some women, periods become heavier. Others keep having irregular menstrual periods or bleeding between 2 periods.

    • No protection against STIs and HIV

    • The contraceptive implant does not protect you against STIs or HIV. Only a condom can protect you.

    • Where can I get the contraceptive implant?

    • If you have a prescription you can buy the contraceptive implant in the hospital or pharmacy. In private hospitals and pharmacies, it may cost you N5,000 or more. Your health insurance sometimes covers these procedures, and you pay only 10% of the cost. It is free at public hospitals, but you will need to pay for consumables like gloves.