Description: This is a small stick containing the hormone progesterone which is inserted under the skin in the arm. The hormone is slowly released into the body preventing eggs from being released from the ovaries, sperm from reaching an egg, or an egg settling in the womb.

Advantages: Contraceptive implants are a very good method for women who want the option of a long-term contraceptive as each implant lasts for three years.

Considerations: Periods can become irregular or stop altogether. Implants do not offer protection against sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

Availability: It is available from your GP or family planning clinics.

Effectiveness: It is 99% effective.