You may wish to have your implant removed for the following reasons:
- You want to become pregnant
- Your current device has expired and you want to have another fitted
- You are having problems with the device and wish to change to another method.
You do NOT need to abstain from sex before your implant is removed.
If you want to try for a baby, start pre-pregnancy care prior to the implant being removed. This would include:
- Folic acid,
- Vitamin D supplements,
- stopping smoking
- reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
- optimising your weight so you are in the healthy BMI range
You can ask your doctor, nurse or local pharmacist for advice. Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the implant is taken out.
How is the implant removed?
- This can only be done by a specially trained doctor or nurse.
- The doctor or nurse will feel for the implant in your arm.
- They will give you a local anaesthetic injection and will then make a tiny cut in your skin to remove the implant.
- They will put a dressing on the arm to keep it clean and dry and to help reduce the bruising.
- Keep the dressing on for a few days.
Will my implant be difficult to remove?
- It usually only takes a few minutes to remove an implant.
- Occasionally, an implant is difficult to feel under the skin and it may not be so easy to remove. If this happens, you may be referred to our specialist complex implant removal clinic to have it removed with the help of an ultrasound scan.
- If you want to carry on using an implant, the doctor or nurse can put a new one in at the same time as removing your old one. You will continue to be protected against pregnancy if your previous device has not expired. If your previous device has expired you will need to use additional precautions for seven days after your new implant is fitted