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COVID regulations are changing, find out more here. Physical distancing and face coverings are still required at health care settings across Scotland.

Please note that appointment only clinics are still in place. 

Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant is a very effective (5 in 10,000 failure rate) reversible method of contraception, which can last for 3 years.

The contraceptive implant is a thin rod that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It's inserted by a specially trained specialist.

The implant contains a hormone called progestogen, which is slowly realised into your body. This stops your ovary from releasing an egg (ovulating), thickens the cervical mucus and thins the womb lining. This makes it harder for sperm to move through your cervix, and less likely for your womb to accept a fertilised egg.

Once the implant is in fitted you do not have to think about it each day or each time you have sex.

Contraceptive Implant

More information about the Implant, who can use it and how it works. 

What happens at my implant appointment?

After checking in at reception, you will be called into the clinic by a doctor or nurse. They will talk to you about your options and check that the implant is a suitable method of contraception for you. They will ask you about any illnesses or operations you or your family may have had. They will also discuss sexual health and cervical screening with you. If suitable they will be able to fit your implant for you during the appointment. The appointment generally lasts for 30 minutes.

It is best not to bring children and there are no child care facilities in the building. If you do need to attend with your child please bring another adult with you to care for them in the waiting area while you are in the clinic. Otherwise, you may be asked to return without your children. There is a lovely park across the road with several play areas if you are able to leave your children with a trusted adult.


FAQs for Longer Acting Contraception during COVID

I have had my implant in for 3 years and it is now due for a change.  Will it still protect me?

The risk of getting pregnant in the year after an implant expires (during the 4th year of use) is very low.  Even though this is the case, it cannot be guaranteed that your implant will still be fully effective, and therefore you may want to use condoms or another form of contraception, such as the contraceptive pill, as well.

Why is it recommended to have my implant changed after 3 years if it is still working?

Studies have shown that using the implant beyond 3 years is unlikely to lead to pregnancy.  However, at the moment there are not enough women in these studies to say definitely that the implant works as well in the 4th year as in the first 3 years so additional protection is recommended. 

I have been advised to use other hormones for contraception while my implant/hormonal IUS is still there.  Will this harm me?

The amount of hormones in the body with either the implant or the hormonal IUS is extremely small.  In addition, progestogen, which is the type of hormone used in both the implant and hormonal IUS is a very safe hormone and one that almost every woman can use even if they have other health problems.  It will therefore not harm you to take other hormones as well.  When starting any new hormone however it is always important to check that it is safe for you to use.

I was advised to extend using my IUS/Implant I wasn’t having periods before, and now they have come back.  Does this mean my implant or IUS has stopped working?

It is not uncommon for your bleeding pattern to gradually change towards the end of the lifespan of the device. 

If your bleeding pattern changes very suddenly with the IUS, check that your IUS is still in place by checking for threads.

Lots of users have sporadic bleeding when using implant or IUS, however if this is unusual for you and you are beyond your replacement date it is recommended to use additional contraception such as condoms or have a chat with your prescriber about adding hormonal contraception. Although in the first year after change date of implant and some IUS it is highly unlikely you will get pregnant, it is not guaranteed. Organising additional contraception can usually be done remotely via your usual provider.

I don’t have periods with my implant or IUS so how will I know whether or not I am pregnant once it is beyond the usual replacement date?

Extended use within guidelines makes the likelihood of pregnancy very low but there is still a risk, that’s why the advice is to either use condoms or if suitable another hormonal method until you can have your implant or IUS replaced. If you think you might be pregnant you should take a test 3 weeks after any risk and use condoms until you are sure.

If you are worried your IUD or IUS might have fallen out and are unable to find your threads then you should also use condoms until you are able to get it checked. Organising additional contraception can usually be done remotely via your usual provider.

If I get pregnant while using hormonal contraception, will the hormones harm the baby?

Many women who become pregnant whilst using hormonal contraception continue unknowingly to take hormones before the pregnancy is identified.  There are no known adverse effects on the baby.

Manage your sexual health online

You can book appointments online with Sandyford for all contraceptive options including Implants. 

Please try to book an appointment online in the first instance. If you are having any issues with our online booking system, please phone 0141 211 8130.

What to expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after the appointment.