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Contraceptive implant

Contraceptive implants are small, flexible rods that are put under your skin and release small amounts of the hormone progestogen. Progestogen works like the natural hormone progesterone. It thickens the mucus in your cervix, or stops ovaries releasing an egg, or both.

Many women like using a contraceptive implant because it is easy to put in, and once it's there they have a reliable, fuss-free contraception that lasts for three to five years. You can have it taken out at any time.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2016.

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