Implanon Insertion and Removal
Implanon is a reversible form of contraception, shaped like a small match sized rod. It releases a hormone named etonogestrel, which acts similarly to progesterone. Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone produced by a woman’s ovaries. By releasing etonogestrel, Implanon will stop your body from releasing an
Very! In fact, Implanon is more than 99.9% effective.
Implanon is inserted in the upper arm, under the skin
First your GP will discuss your unique situation, to determine that Implanon is indeed the most suited form of contraception for you. When you come in to have your Implanon inserted, the area will be cleaned, and a local anaesthetic applied in order to prevent pain and discomfort. The device will then be inserted. Inserting may cause some soreness and bruising, but this will settle within a few days. The good news is, that it can be left there for up to three years before needing to be removed or replaced!
This depends on when it is inserted. Your GP will discuss it further with you to make sure you know when you are protected. Generally, if inserted within the first five days of a normal period, then it will provide contraception immediately. If inserted at other times in your cycle, it takes seven days to start working effectively.
At removal, your GP or nurse will inject anaesthetic at the site of the implant, make a cut into your skin and remove the rod. Sometimes, the rod can be deeper than usual, or more difficult to remove, and this can make the procedure more involved and time consuming.
Yes, it can be removed at any time. Generally side effects would settle within three months, so it’s advisable to try to keep it in for the first three months. When removed, any side effects you may have experienced should stop within the next few weeks.
At HealthMint, we charge a gap of $70 for Implanon insertion and $120 for removal. For Health Care Card holders the reduced gap is $35 for insertion and $60 for removal. This covers the cost of all materials used, your consultation at the time of insertion to discuss side effects and maintenance, as well as follow up to assess the area of insertion/removal.