If you are looking for a family planning method that is highly effective and does not require you to keep a regular routine, the contraceptive implant may be a good option. The implant is a thin, flexible, plastic rod (4cmx2mm), about the size of a matchstick, which contains the hormone progestogen. The implant prevents pregnancy by releasing small but constant amounts of the hormone into the body via the bloodstream. The hormone blocks ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries) and it also thickens the mucus at the cervix so that sperm cannot get through to meet an egg. The implant lasts for three years, but it is easily reversible if you no longer want it.
The contraceptive implant is a very effective type of contraception (>99.9%). It is more reliable than the contraceptive pill as you won’t need to remember to take a pill at the same time every day. You should not use this contraceptive method if you do not want your periods to change. It does not protect against contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV/AIDS.
Contraceptive implant prices
Prices are based on the minimum cost for each procedure for patients holding a valid Medicare card. Further discounts apply for Healthcare Card holders in many cases. Visit the prices page to understand the factors that influence cost, or contact us to get an exact price based on your personal circumstances.
Contraceptive implant: your questions answered
There may be some minor scarring after the insertion or removal of the implant, and some women are predisposed to develop a thicker scar. A larger scar is likely if the implant is difficult to remove. On rare occasions the implant may move from its original position, which may complicate removal.
The implant must be removed and/or replaced after three years. If you leave it in place beyond three years you will not be protected from pregnancy and you may increase your risk of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Your doctor will give you a card that records the date that your implant must be removed and/or replaced, but ultimately it is your responsibility to make an appointment to visit your doctor.