Implanon in Merrylands
What is implanon?
A contraceptive implant is an implantable medical device used for the purpose of birth control. It is an extremely effective method of contraception (99.95%).
The implant works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month. It also thickens the fluid around the cervix (opening to the uterus/womb). This helps to prevent the sperm from entering. Local anesthetic: a medicine used to numb a part of your body for a short while
How does an implanon work?
An area on the inner arm above the elbow is first numbed with local anesthetic. Then the doctor or nurse puts the implant under the skin. After the implant is inserted, a band aid or dressing is put on which should stay on for 3-5 days. The arm is bandaged to reduce bruising and this should be left on for 24 hours
How long does Implanon take to start working?
It’s immediately effective if inserted during the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, which starts with the first day of bleeding. The implant is effective after 7 days if it is inserted at any other time in the menstrual cycle. Other contraceptive measures such as condoms should be used for these 7 days. If changing from the Pill or another method of contraception, discuss the best time for insertion with your doctor.
How long does Implanon last?
It is effective as a contraceptive for 3 years. The implant should be taken out and replaced with a new implant every 3 years. It can be removed earlier than 3 years if it is no longer wanted.
What are the benefits of getting an implanon?
- It is highly effective.
- It lasts a long time (up to three years).
- It is reversible and the return to fertility is rapid.
- It does not need you to remember to take a pill every day.
- It is a cost-effective method of contraception.
- It may reduce painful periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and acne in some people.
Many people have no other side effects. Some may experience the following problems:
- Acne may develop, improve or get worse.
- Weight gain can occur over time and is often thought to be caused by the implant, but has not been directly proven.
- Headaches, breast pain and mood changes can occur and may go away after the initial few weeks.
- Bruising and mild soreness at the site of insertion or removal can last up to 2 weeks. A small scar remains..
Who should not use an implanon?
People who are pregnant, people with breast cancer, people with unexplained vaginal bleeding, people with severe liver disease or using medication that affects the liver, should not use the implant.
How to book implanon appointment in Merrylands?
To book an appointment, you can either book online through HotDoc or you can call 02 9681 5880 to book or if you have any questions.