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Family Planning

The contraceptive implant

The contraceptive implant is a small flexible rod (4 cms in length) that is put into the upper arm. It slowly releases the hormone progestogen.


IUD (intrauterine device) contraception involves the use of a small plastic and copper device, usually shaped like a ‘T’ that is fitted into the uterus by a trained Marie Stopes International doctor. Insertion only takes a couple of minutes, and depending on the type of IUD contraceptive chosen, it can stay in place and effective for up to 5 or 10 years.

Contraceptive Injection

The contraceptive injection works by slowly releasing the hormone progestogen into the body to prevent ovulation (release of an egg).


IUS (Intrauterine system) contraception uses a small, plastic, ‘T’ shaped device with a cylinder around its stem that releases a progestogen hormone to prevent pregnancy. It is referred to as a ‘system’ to distinguish it from the copper-bearing IUDs which do not release hormones.

Contraceptive pill

The combined contraceptive pill, usually called ‘the pill’, is made up of two hormones; oestrogen and progestogen. The hormones present in the combined pill prevent pregnancy by blocking ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries). In addition the pill thickens the mucus at the cervix so that sperm cannot get through to meet an egg and also alters the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg is less likely to implant itself and develop.

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