There are four long acting reversible contraception methods - intrauterine device/system, contraceptive injection or implant. Once any of these are in place, you don't have to think about contraception each day or time you have sex.

  • Contraceptive implant - a small flexible rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It slowly releases progestogen into the body, stopping the release of an egg from the ovary.
  • Contraceptive injection - also releases progestogen into the body and last between eight and 13 weeks depending on which one you have.
  • Intrauterine device/ system (IUD/ IUS) - a small T-shaped copper or plastic device that is inserted into the womb. It works by stopping the egg and sperm from surviving in the womb or the fallopian tubes.

To learn more about long acting reversible contraception, please read choose one of the following leaflets from the Family Planning Association:

This short film also has more on IUD/IUS;


Contraceptive Implant (Deep Implant) removal
- Please note that if a deep implant removal is required, we will need a referral from a Health Care Professional before an appointment is offered. Deep Implant removal is only available at the Lime Tree Clinic, Cambridge.