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

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

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

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

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

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