Implanon is a long acting reversible contraceptive. It's effectiveness in preventing pregnancy is very high.
The contraceptive hormone in Implanon is progesterone (one of the components of the combined oral contraceptive pill).
The implanon implant is a thin flexible plastic rod which is inserted just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm.
One implant provides contraceptive protection for up to 3 years after which it is removed and may be replaced.
We have many General Practitioners who are trained to insert and remove Implanon devices, a procedure performed under local anesthetic in our procedure room, often with the assistance of one of our nurses.
Your doctor will remove the implant after it has been in place for the 3 years, or at your request prior to this if this contraception method is no longer required or you are considering falling pregnant. Fertility will return soon after removal.
You will need an initial consultation with your doctor to discuss your contraception options including Implanon prior to insertion and to obtain a prescription for the implant. At this time related issues such as your normal periods, previous problems with infections, sexual health or sexuality may be discussed.
You must then bring the Impanon or the prescription with you to your insertion appointment. We do have Implanon devices available if you have not obtained yours from your Pharmacy. At the initial appointment the doctor will advise the most suitable time to insert the implant depending on your current menstrual cycle and any other contraception you are using. If inserted at the right time of your cycle no other method of contraception is necessary. Unless you are switching from another hormonal contraception method, insertion should be on day 1-5 of your cycle (day 1 being the first day you bleed).
If you would like to discuss the use of Implanon, or to arrange insertion or removal, please advise us of this when you call. We will ensure you are booked with a Doctor who is accredited to perform this for you.