The implant is the size of a matchstick. It’s placed just under your skin in the inner area of your upper arm. A trained doctor or nurse will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the part of your arm where the implant will go, so it won’t hurt. It only takes a few minutes to put in and feels similar to having an injection. You won’t need any stitches.
After it’s been fitted the doctor or nurse will check your arm to make sure that the implant is in place. You’ll be shown how to feel the implant with your fingers, so you can check it’s in place.
The area may be tender for a day or two and may be bruised and slightly swollen. The doctor or nurse will put a dressing on it to keep it clean and dry and to help reduce the bruising. Keep this dressing on for a few days and try not to knock the area.
Don’t worry about knocking the implant once the area has healed. It shouldn’t break or move around your arm. You’ll be able to do normal activities and you won’t be able to see it.
You don’t need to have a vaginal examination or cervical screening test to have an implant inserted.