ImplanonFAQs

Implanon, commonly known as ‘the bar’ or ‘the rod’, belongs to a group of contraception options called Long Acting Reversible Contraceptions (LARCs).

These are the most effective forms of contraception, are easy to maintain, and are completely reversible.

Implanon is a 4cm long contraceptive device made out of soft plastic that is inserted under the skin into the upper arm to prevent pregnancy.

Implanon does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or blood-borne viruses (BBVs). Practice safer sex by using condoms to reduce the risk of STIs and BBVs.

Implanon  Fact Sheet

Implanon Quick Guide

    What is Implanon?

    Implanon is a 4cm long contraceptive device made out of soft plastic that is inserted under the skin into the upper arm to prevent pregnancy.

    Implanon is impregnated with the hormone Etonogestrel. Which is a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone that women make naturally. This hormone is slowly released from the bar into the bloodstream.

    Implanon 99.95% effective at stopping pregnancy. It is the most effective method of contraception available. It is effective for three years.

    How does Implanon work?

    Implanon affects ovulation by changing the hormones that cause an egg to be released each month. It also thickens the mucus at the neck of the uterus(womb), blocking the sperm.

    How well do Implanon's work?

    Implanon is one of the most effective methods of contraception available. It can stay in place for three years.

    Implanon is more than 99.95% effective at preventing pregnancy.

    Implanon belongs to a group of contraception options called Long Acting Reversible Contraception or LARCs.

    These are the most effective forms of contraception, are easy to maintain, and are completely reversible.

    What's good about Implanon?

    There are many advantages to choosing Implanon, including:

    • Implanon is 99.95% effective in preventing pregnancy.
    • They are inexpensive, long acting & reversible
    • They are a “Set & Forget ” contraceptive method and work for 3 years
    • There is a rapid return to usual fertility (ability to have children) once Implanon is removed.
    • Implanon may make your period lighter or less painful.
    • Your periods may stop completely (this is completely safe).
    • Implanon can be taken out at any time by a specially trained doctor or nurse.
    • Implanon may help control acne.
    • It is safe to breast feed if you have Implanon.
    • Implanon is not effected by infections like “gastro”

    Are there any side effects from having Implanon?

    While Implanon may occasionally cause minor health problems, Implanon rarely causes any serious health problems.

    Some women may experience acne, breast tenderness, moodiness, increased appetite and headaches.

    All women will experience a change in their bleeding pattern when they first get Implanon. This often settles within the first three to four months. 20% women will stop having periods completely while they have Implanon. This is completely safe.

    If you do experience persistent or irregular bleeding there is medication that can assist with these symptoms. Contact Family Planning Tasmania or your doctor.

    Bruising and mild soreness at the site of insertion or removal can last up to 2 weeks and a small scar will remain.

    If Implanon does not work and you get pregnant, there is no evidence that Implanon will have a negative effect on the pregnancy.

    It is important to change your Implanon when it is due (3 years) as it will no longer be effective as a contraceptive. Leaving it longer may increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tubes).

    Please also remember that Implanon does not give protection from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs). Using condoms will reduce these risks.

    Can anyone get Implanon?

    Most women can get Implanon. It is a very popular form of Long Acting Reversible Contraception,

    You may not be eligible for an Implanon if you:

    • Are pregnant.
    • Have breast cancer.
    • Have severe liver disease or are using medications that affect the liver.
    • Have undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding.
    • Are taking certain medication.

    What do I need to do to get an Implanon?

    You can get an Implanon inserted at Family Planning Tasmania clinics, some GPs, private gynaecologists, and at the public hospital.

    To get an Implanon inserted at Family Planning Tasmania (FPT) clinics you will need to attend a minimum of 2 appointments

    1st Appointment

    At the 1st appointment we discuss the procedure, check if an Implanon will be suitable for you, do any necessary tests & arrange interval contraception.

    2nd Appointment

    At the 2nd appointment the Implanon is inserted.

    3rd Appointment

    At the 3rd appointment we check the Implanon site, perform a pregnancy test and discuss how you are going.

    For Health care, Disability & Pension card holders, your consultation will be bulk – billed on presentation of a current Concession & Medicare card.

    For all other clients there will be an out of pocket (gap) costs and an annual administration fee.To find out more about Implanon fees click here

    Hormonal IUD’s can be purchased with a prescription from your local chemist.

    The Copper IUD costs $100 & is purchased from Family Planning Tasmania

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    How does Implanon get inserted?

    Implanon can be inserted at any time

     

    The procedure is carried out by a trained professional in a clinical environment

    At the insertion appointment:

    1. A local anaesthetic is given to numb the skin.
    2. Implanon is then inserted using a special applicator with no stitches required.
    3. A pressure bandage is applied to reduce the chance of bruising.

    You may need to have a pregnancy test 3-4 weeks after insertion to check that you weren’t pregnant at the time of insertion.

    It can take 7 days to start working as a contraceptive so you will need to use another form of contraception during this time to prevent pregnancy

    How is Implanon removed?

    Never attempt to remove Implanon yourself. Removal should only be undertaken by a Healthcare professional.

    Implanon removal process:

    1.  local anaesthetic is applied to numb the skin.
    2. A small cut is made in the skin.
    3. The Implanon is removed. Very rarely one stitch may be required.

    You do need to consider other contraception methods  before you have your Implanon removed. Its contraceptive effects will cease immediately upon removal.

    You can discuss  contraception options with your doctor or staff at Family Planning Tasmania clinics

    Your cycle will usually return to normal within six weeks of removal of  Implanon . Your fertility (ability to have children)  will also return to what it was before you  got your Implanon.

    It is difficult to predict exactly when your fertility (ability to have children) will return. If you do not want to get pregnant it is important that you use another form of contraception as soon as Implanon is removed.

    What could stop Implanon from working properly?

    There are a very small number of medications that can stop Implanon from working properly. Your doctor or nurse will be able to advise you on this in detail.

    Implanon will work without you needing to remember to do anything.

    Implanon is not affected by infections like gastro.

    What else do I need to know?

    It is safe to have Implanon inserted as soon as you have a baby.

    It is safe to breast feed if you have Implanon.

    If you think you might be pregnant and you have an Implanon, see your doctor or your local Family Planning Tasmania clinic immediately. Click here for clinic locations

    A pregnancy is rare with an Implanon. There is no evidence that Implanon is harmful to a pregnancy.

    It is important to change your Implanon when it is due (3 years) as it will no longer be effective as a contraceptive. Leaving it longer may increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tubes).

    It is possible to have another Implanon inserted at the same time one is removed.

    There is no evidence that Implanon causes any serious health problems

    Implanon does not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs). Using condoms reduces the risk of STIs and BBVs.

     

    Is Implanon safe if you're breastfeeding?

    It is safe to breastfeed if you have Implanon.

    Where to get more information, support or advice?

    Family Planning Tasmania has clinics in Glenorchy, Launceston, and Burnie. Click here

    Any of our Doctors or Nurses can assist you with information or support about Implanon, or provide support with Emergency Contraception.

    You can also download our My Choice App which can help you to be informed and take control of you own sexual health. Go to My Choice

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