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The contraceptive implant is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC).A contraceptive implant is implanted beneath the skin on the inside of the arm and provides a very effective and comfortable method of long-term contraception. In Australia, there is just one kind of contraceptive implant available: Implanon NXT.
The implant constantly releases little quantities of progestogen, a hormone that inhibits conception. The implant requires a prescription and must be put and removed by a qualified doctor or nurse.

What to expect

For Implanon insertion, the process is relatively quick and painless as we numb the area with a local anaesthetic before using a special applicator to insert the implant. The implant is inserted directly under your skin on the inner arm above the elbow. We keep the insertion site clean with a small bandage or adhesive strips.
For Implanon removal, we will first confirm where your implant is through feel or using ultrasound imaging. Then, we will administer a local anaesthetic before making a small incision and using forceps or a similar instrument to remove the implant. We close the incision using adhesive strips or stitches before applying a bandage.

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