Contraceptive Implants

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The Implanon is a very popular and reliable source of contraception. Our highly trained doctors are skilled in Implanon insertion in Melbourne and the removal of Implanon contraceptive devices. If you’re looking for Implanon insertion in Melbourne, look no further!

What’s a contraceptive implant?

A contraceptive implant is a type of hormonal birth control. Through the process of Implanon insertion in Melbourne, it is fitted into one’s body. It releases progestin hormone into the body to prevent pregnancy.

The implant itself is a very small plastic rod about the size of a matchstick. A doctor carries out the procedure of Implanon insertion near me, and inserts it into the upper arm, right under the skin.

How does a contraceptive implant work?

Upon Implanon insertion in Melbourne, the implant slowly releases a progestin hormone called etonogestrel into the body. Progestin prevents pregnancy by blocking the release of eggs from the ovaries. It also thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.

If you get the implant during the first five days of your period, it’s immediately effective against pregnancy. If the implant is inserted at any other point, you should use a backup form of birth control for seven days.

Are there side effects of Implanon insertion in Melbourne?

Some people experience side effects post Implanon insertions in Melbourne, but many people don’t. Irregular menstrual bleeding is the most common side effect. Periods may also become lighter, heavier, or stop altogether. Other side effects can include:

  • headache
  • breast pain
  • nausea
  • weight gain
  • ovarian cysts
  • an infection where the implant was inserted

Side effects usually go away after a few months and are rarely serious.

How do I use a contraceptive implant?

You must see your doctor to get an implant. After conducting a physical exam, they’ll perform an Implanon insertion in Melbourne under the skin of your upper arm. It can stay in place for up to three years. Implant insertions take just a few minutes. They’re done with a local anesthetic, which makes the procedure painless.

After Implanon insertion in Melbourne, you’ll be sent home with a small bandage covering the insertion site. You may also be given a pressure bandage that you can remove after 24 hours. Some bruising, scarring, pain, or bleeding at the insertion site may occur after the procedure.

The contraceptive implant will stop working after three years. 

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How is a contraceptive implant removed?

Implants must be removed after three years. They can also be removed earlier if you wish. 

You need to make an appointment with your doctor to have the implant removed.

To remove the implant, your doctor will first numb your arm. Then they’ll make a small incision where the implant is located and take the implant out. At that time, another implant can be inserted. If you choose not to get a new implant, you must use another form of contraception to prevent pregnancy.

What are the benefits of Implanon Insertions in Melbourne?

One reason the birth control implant is so effective is that it’s easy to use. Advantages include:

  • one of the highest levels of effectiveness of all contraceptives
  • no need to worry about birth control for three years
  • fertility returns as soon as the implant is removed
  • appropriate for women who can’t use birth control that contains estrogen

How does it compare to other long-acting birth control options?

The contraceptive implant isn’t the only type of reversible birth control that works for an extended time. Other long-term birth control options include the:

  • copper intrauterine device (IUD)
  • hormonal (progestin) intrauterine device (Mirena/IUD)
  • Depo-Provera shot

All of these methods are highly effective. You don’t need to think about birth control on a daily — or even monthly — basis with any of these options. However, none of these methods protects against STIs.

The biggest difference between these methods is how long they are. The Depo-Provera shot needs to be given every three months. The contraceptive implant works for three years. 

Hormonal IUD insertion in Melbourne, also known as Mirena IUD, are effective for three-to-five years, depending on the brand. Copper IUD insertion in Melbourne can be effective for up to 10 years.

Side effects are similar for all of these methods. Irregular bleeding or changes to your period are the most common side effects for each of them. Copper IUD insertions may have fewer side effects than other options because they don’t contain hormones.

All four methods require a trip to the doctor for insertion or injection. In the case of the implant and IUD, a doctor’s visit for removal is also necessary. Our Lilydale doctor’s clinic is recognised and licensed for Mirena insertions!

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