How effective is the Contraceptive Implant?
Very! In fact, the Contraceptive Implant is more than 99.9% effective.
Where is it inserted?
The Contraceptive Implant is inserted in the upper arm, under the skin
What is involved in inserting the Contraceptive Implant?
First, your GP will discuss your unique situation, to determine that the Contraceptive Implant is indeed the most suited form of contraception for you. When you attend your appointment to have your Contraceptive Implant 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!
When does it start working?
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.
What is involved in removing the Contraceptive Implant?
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.
Can I have it removed if I don’t like it?
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.
How much does the procedure cost?
The doctors that consult at HealthMint charge a gap of $70 for the Contraceptive Implant 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.