What is Implanon, how does it work?
Implanon is a contraceptive device used for birth control. It is a small, 4cm long soft plastic stick. The device is inserted into the arm by a GP, and it releases a hormone called progestogen. This hormone is similar to the hormone your body produces naturally, and it works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month as well as thickening the mucus in the cervix. Just like Mirena, this is highly effective at over 99% and is recommended for up to three years.
What is involved?
Prior to any procedure, you will need to meet with your GP to discuss your options and determine whether Implanon is right for you. Our GP will talk you through the procedure and possible side effects, so that you can be fully informed. If you decide to proceed, you will be given a prescription to take to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will provide you the Implanon device, and you will need to bring it with you to your next appointment. During the appointment, the GP will first apply a local anaesthetic on your arm and then insert the Implanon underneath the skin. It is advised that you avoid any heavy lifting with that arm for the next 24 hours.
What do I need to do to book in?
Call us on 9583 1630 to discuss booking guidelines and costs of the procedure.
For more information, please visit the official family planning website.