Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice providing comprehensive contraceptive care. The service is easily accessible online, on the phone, or in person, with all appointments free of charge on the NHS.
The contraceptive implant is a type of long-lasting, reversible hormonal contraception for women. The implant is a small, flexible rod that gradually releases progesterone, ensuring contraception for three years.
The doctor inserts the device tubes in the skin of the upper arm under local anaesthetic. The implant is one of the most effective methods of contraception available. You don’t need to remember to take tablets or use anything; the implant is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Your doctor can remove the device if you decide you want to try for a baby, with fertility usually returning swiftly.
The specialist family planning GPs at Virtually Healthcare provide a comprehensive range of free contraceptive services. They will listen to your lifestyle, preferences, and any pregnancy plans before suggesting your options. These could include the contraceptive implant and other hormonal methods, including the pill, mini-pill, contraceptive injections or patches. They can also recommend barrier methods such as condoms and caps or insert coils or intrauterine systems like the Mirena device.
The contraceptive implant releases a steady stream of progestogen, a synthetic version of the natural female hormone progesterone.
The hormone is absorbed into the bloodstream and acts in three ways to prevent pregnancy: It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, thickens the mucous in the cervix so that it’s more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, and thins the lining of the womb so that a fertilised egg is less likely to implant.
Virtually Healthcare is a cutting-edge GP practice, providing expert healthcare in the comfort and privacy of your home. The Virtually Healthcare service is designed to fit in with modern lives. You can access consultations easily with virtual appointments available seven days a week.
The team includes more than 40 clinicians working together to investigate and treat disease and help you optimise your health and wellbeing. As well as highly-skilled GPs, the team includes experienced family planning and sexual health specialists and practice nurses to offer a comprehensive primary care service.
During the pandemic, many patients are finding it more challenging to access healthcare. Virtually Healthcare provides quick access video or telephone appointments, with consultations available the same day if you contact us before 3 pm. Our clinicians can provide professional assessment and advice, arrange investigations, prescribe treatment or arrange for a face-to-face review.
At Virtually Healthcare, we focus on you. Our clinicians take a holistic approach to care. Whether you want an easy, convenient way to get contraception or a discreet testing service for STIs, our dedicated team can provide expert advice and treatment.
Some women notice some weight gain when using the implant. Researchers found that around 73.9% of women experienced weight gain in a recent study, with a median change of approximately 3.2 kg or 7 pounds over 27 months. The researchers suggested that a woman’s genetic make-up could play a role in this implant-linked effect.
The doctor inserts the matchstick-size implant under local anaesthetic. They numb the skin on the inside of your upper arm, then inject the implant into the area. The procedure is quick and straightforward; it only takes a few minutes and feels like having an injection. You will not need any stitches.
If you’re healthy, a non-smoker, and you have no medical reasons to prevent implant use, you can use the contraceptive implant until you reach the menopause. It may not be safe or healthy to use the implant if:
The contraceptive patch and the contraceptive implant are both types of hormonal contraception for women.
The patch is a discreet sticky patch that you apply to the skin. The device releases oestrogen and progestogen hormones which are absorbed through the skin. You change the patch weekly for three weeks. You should then have a week off, during which you will have a ‘withdrawal bleed like a period.
In contrast, the implant is a long-lasting, reversible contraceptive. The doctors insert it under local anaesthetic. It stays in place for three years providing continuous contraception, with no need to change the device during this time. It only releases progestogen. You may notice irregular bleeding initially; however, most women have light or absent periods after a few months.
You can have an implant fitted at any time in your menstrual cycle if it’s certain that you’re not pregnant.
We offer written, telephone and video consultations with a range of male and female clinicians from GPs, nurse practitioners, and primary care specialists such as physiotherapy.