IUDs and implants
Implants and IUDs (coils) are popular, long-acting methods of contraception.
Young women can get an implant or IUD, free, from Brook (under 20s) and Fresh clinics (under 25s)
Women of all ages, including young women, get can an implant or IUD, free of charge, from Palatine contraception and sexual health clinics
More information about implants and IUDs...
What is an implant?
The implant is a small (40mm) flexible tube that is inserted into the upper arm. The implant releases progestogen - a hormone that stops eggs from being released from the ovaries.
The implant is a ‘fit and forget' method, this means that it is really effective at preventing pregnancy. Once fitted, the implant will work for up to 3 years. Implants are easy to fit and can be taken out whenever you want.
What is an IUD?
The IUD is a small, t-shaped device that is inserted into the womb. It prevents sperm from surviving in the cervix, womb or fallopian tubes.
The IUD is a ‘fit and forget' method, this means that it is really effective at preventing pregnancy. Once fitted, the IUD will work for between 3 and 10 years! IUDs are easy to fit and can be taken out whenever you want.
Find out more..
NHS Choices has lots of information about all methods of contraception including implants and IUDs.