Self-care after a contraceptive implant procedure

Self-care after a contraceptive implant procedure

  • Keep the wound clean and dry and covered for 5 days.
  • If the dressing becomes wet change it for a small dry plaster, take care not to touch the wound
  • A bandage may be applied but this should be removed before you go to sleep tonight, or sooner if uncomfortable.
  • The wound may be uncomfortable following the procedure, use one dose of your normal pain relieving medications e.g. Paracetamol.
  • If you have any redness, swelling, a temperature or your wound feels hot or itching see a nurse at the clinic or your GP as soon as possible. If you are in pain and we are closed go to a Walk in Centre.
  • Avoid lifting anything heavy or undertaking strenuous exercise or activities with your arm for a few days.
  • After 5 days soak wound skin closures / dressing off gently in a shower or bath.


Ongoing contraception

Ongoing contraception

If you had an Implant inserted today – use additional contraception for 7 days.

If you had an Implant removed today – your contraceptive cover has stopped immediately you must use an alternative method of contraception.

If you had an Implant removed within its expiry date and a new implant refitted today – no additional contraception is required.

Other top tips

Other top tips

If at any time you are unable to feel your implant, please come in for review as soon as possible.

Memorise your expiry date and keep your card safe as we do not send expiry reminders

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

More details on the fitting of LARCs (coils and implants) at our service can be found here

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info