The contraceptive chip is a long lasting reversible contraception for women of any age. It is suitable for women who may forget pills, appointments for injections or who may have a medical reason that stops her using the combined pill.
Contraceptove chips are small rods about the size of a matchstick which are put under the skin in the inside of your arm. Their purpose is to slowly release a hormone called progestogen which stops the body from releasing an egg each month. They also thicken the mucus in the cervix so sperm cannot travel up to meet an egg. Implants are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. This means only a few women out of a thousand will get pregnant each year. However, your natural fertility will return as soon as you have the implant removed. If you get pregnant with the implant in place, and decide to continue with your pregnancy, the chance of having an abnormal baby is not increased. You will need to have the implant removed.
You will notice changes to your period whilst you have the implant. A few women have no periods, a few women have their normal periods, but most women have a change in bleeding pattern. This may be infrequent bleeding, frequent bleeding, light bleeding or heavy bleeding. This is safe for your body and there are pills to treat this if it happens. Research has shown that about one woman in every seven who gets an implant has it removed because of bleeding problems.
The chip is completely safe to insert. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is relatively pain free. Your gynae will give you a local injection to numb the area for your comfort. The rods are placed under the skin and steristrips are used to hold the skin together until the skin heals. The implant is removed in the same way. You will have a small scar from each procedure.
WHO SHOULD NOT USE IT?
Women who have had breast cancer and women who are taking some medications. Check with your doctor if you are taking regular medication.