Providing contraceptive cover for 3 years


What is Implanon and how does it work?  

Implanon is a small plastic device containing a low dose of hormone, which is released slowly over three years. It provides up to 3 years contraceptive protection with greater than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. 


What happens during the procedure?  
It is inserted under the skin in the inside of the upper arm by Dr Deirdre Nevin. If you are right handed then the Implanon is inserted into your left upper arm. If you are left handed then it is inserted into the right arm. Local anaesthetic is injected to numb the area. Then the implant is inserted, the procedure is like an injection.

When should the Implanon be inserted?  
If you are not using other forms of contraception Implanon should be inserted between Day 1-5, but at the latest on Day 5 of your cycle. (Day 1 being the 1st day of your period). 

If changing from a combined hormonal contraceptive (combined oral contraceptive (COC), vaginal ring, or transdermal patch) Implanon should be inserted preferably on the day after the last pill.

If changing from a progestagen-only-method (minipill, injectable, a different implant, or from a progestagen-releasing intrauterine system [IUS])

Implanon may be inserted any day when the woman is switching from a minipill, when another implant is due to be removed, or when you are due your next Depo- Provera or progesterone injection

Following childbirth Implanon should be inserted on day 21-28 after delivery. If the implant is inserted later than day 21- 28 then you need to use extra precautions for first 7 days after your implant is inserted. If you have been sexually active then a pregnancy test should be carried out or wait for your next period before the implant is inserted.