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 lasts between 8 and 13 weeks depending on which one you have.
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)/Intrauterine system (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 has more on IUD/IUS

This short film has more on the contraceptive implant

This short film has more on the sayana press injection

Coil and implant fitting   

If you would like a coil or implant fitted, replaced or removed for contraceptive reasons, you will need to have a pre-assessment consultation before the actual procedure. The pre-assessment consultation is usually by telephone in advance of you attending the clinic for the removal and/or fitting.

If you require an emergency coil following unprotected sex, please contact your local iCaSH service by phoning 0300 300 3030 to be assessed as soon as possible.

Deep implant removal

Occasionally an implant may be assessed as difficult to remove and a deep implant removal may be required. We will need a referral from a Health Care Professional (for example your GP) before an appointment can be booked.