Implanon, also known as the contraceptive implant, is another of the contraceptive services provided at Hazelhill Family Practice.
We provide both implanon fittings and implanon removals, treating patients throughout Mayo, Galway, Sligo and Roscommon.
Implanon is a small, flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin of the patient’s upper arm.
It works by releasing the hormone progestogen into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. Each Implanon implant lasts for 3 years. This prevents the release of an egg each month, stopping ovulation. Implanon also thickens the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to move through the cervix. The line of the womb is also thinned, meaning a fertilised egg is less likely to be implanted.
Implanon is more than 99% effective.
The additional benefit for patients is that once it is in place, the patient doesn’t need to think about it again for 3 years. This is particularly useful for patients who find it hard to remember to take the pill at the same time every day.
Implanon is also regularly used by women who can’t use contraception that contains oestrogen.
The Implanon implant can be removed at any time. Natural fertility then resumes very quickly.
When the Implanon is first fitted, patients may experience some bruising, tenderness or swelling around the implant. A common side effect to Implanon is that a patient’s period can stop completely. This is not harmful, but it is something we encourage all patients to consider before proceeding. Other side effects could see a patient’s period become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer. If a patient is unhappy with the side effects, the Implanon implant can be removed.
One issue to be aware of if you are considering using Implanon is that some medicines can lessen its impact. Therefore it is important to consult with your doctor about what existing medicines you are taking before receiving an implant and to mention your Implanon implant before starting any new courses of medicine.
Implanon is specifically aimed at preventing pregnancy, it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For that reason, many patients use Implanon in conjunction with condoms.
Using Implanon after giving birth
Implanon can also be fitted any time after a patient has given birth. By having Implanon implanted on or before day 21 after the birth, the patient will be immediately protected against becoming pregnant. Fittings after day 21 will require the use of additional contraception for the next 7 days.
It is safe to use Implanon while breastfeeding.
Using Implanon after a miscarriage or abortion
Implanon can also be fitted immediately after a miscarriage or abortion.
How is Implanon fitted?
The patient receives a local anaesthetic, which numbs the upper arm. The Implanon implant is then clinically inserted under the patient’s skin. The entire process usually only takes a few minutes. Most patients describe the process as feeling like having an injection.
No stitches are required after the Implanon implant has been fitted.
Cost of Implanon consultation:
At Hazelhill Family Practice, the cost for patients who wish to have an Implanon consultation is as follows:
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How do I make an appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice?
To book your Implanon consultation at Hazelhill Family Practice click here.
You can also call the Hazelhill Family Practice on 094 9630091.