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.
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.
The implant works by preventing ovulation by continuously releasing a low dose of a progestogen hormone into your bloodstream.
How long does the implant work for?
The device needs to be replaced every 3 years.
Will I still get my period on Implanon?
This varies from person to person; some will experience little to no bleeding while others will have irregular or persistent bleeding.
What are potential side effects to Implanon?
While some individuals may experience no side effects, others may experience irregular bleeding, headaches, breast tenderness, mood and weight changes and acne. Please discuss any side effects with us.
What is aftercare following insertion/removal like?
Aftercare is focussed on keeping the insertion or incision site clean and dry and monitoring for any concerning symptoms like swelling or discharge. We may also recommend you avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise to allow your wound to properly heal.
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