How does the contraceptive implant work?
A doctor or gynaecologist will fit the implant. You will be given a local anaesthetic and the stick will be pushed just under the skin of the inside of your upper arm. This is almost painless.
The contraceptive implant works for 3 years. After 3 years it needs to be replaced.
Does not affect your health
The contraceptive implant contains 1 hormone. This hormone does not generally affect your health. However, in some cases it is better to choose a different method of contraception. Ask a doctor for advice.
During the first months of using the implant, you may have side-effects such as tender breasts, headache and irregular menstrual periods. These effects usually disappear on their own. If they do not disappear, consult a doctor.
Your menstrual periods can become less heavy and often stop altogether. It is OK if your menstrual periods stop. The blood cannot accumulate in your body. For some women, periods become heavier. Others keep on having irregular menstrual periods or bleeding between 2 periods. That is also OK.
No protection against STIs and HIV
Price of a contraceptive implant
A doctor can fit a contraceptive implant for about € 144. After 3 years you have to return to the doctor for a new implant.
Women under the age of 21 can get a discount. They pay around € 36 for a contraceptive implant.
Some health insurance funds repay part of the costs for contraception. Ask your health insurance fund about this.
You also have to pay a personal contribution for the visit to the doctor. Some people have a right to increased reimbursement or urgent medical care. Below are the addresses where you can see a doctor for free.