The Menstrual Cycle
Each menstrual cycle starts on the first day of your period (day one) and lasts until the day before your next period begins.
LARC - Long Acting Reversible Contraception
LARC are types of contraception that prevent pregnancy 99 times out of 100 but they do not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections.
What is it?
Implants are small, flexible rods (about 4 centimetres long, about the size of a matchstick) that are put under the skin of the upper arm to protect against pregnancy for up to three years.
- It doesn’t interrupt sex
- It works for up to three years
- You don’t have to remember to take a pill everyday
- Fertility (that means the time when you can get pregnant) returns as soon as the implant is removed – only a health professional can remove the implant.
- It doesn’t protect against STI's
- It can make your periods irregular, heavier or stop them altogether, if you have any problems with your periods and want to have the implant taken out please visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service as they will be able to help
- It can cause headaches and skin problems for a short time
When does it start to work
If the implant is fitted during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. If it is fitted on any other day of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected from pregnancy after seven days, and should use another method, such as condoms. It is important that you ask the person who is fitting the implant about when you will be protected from pregnancy.
Where can I get the implant from?
They can only be fitted by trained health professionals. They are free at the Integrated Sexual Health Service and from some GPs. If your GP does not fit them please go the Integrated Sexual Health Service, why not ask the GP if they fit them when you phone for an appointment, this will save you time.
Remember not all types of LARC are good for all people. The doctor or nurse will ask a few questions about your medical or family history to help you decide which method is best for you.
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