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At Northbridge Medical Centre we have specially trained doctors certified in sexual health. Our doctors understand the importance of prioritising contraception for your sexual health and safety. We can assist you with any and all contraceptive needs, including the insertion or removal of the hormonal and non-hormonal intrauterine devices (IUD).
When you come in for a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, we’ll provide you with a thorough understanding on the contraceptive methods available to you and guide you in determining the option that is best for you. Each form of contraception has its own benefits and side effects, so it’s essential for your GP to understand your medical history and any current health conditions in order to prescribe you with the best method.
Contraceptive methods include:
This is a long-acting method of contraception in which a single rod approximately 4cm in size is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. You will receive a script to pick it up from a pharmacy. During the insertion process, your doctor will apply a local anaesthetic to the area before making an incision and inserting the implant. The implant should be inserted on days 1-5 of your cycle.
An implant is removed by making a small incision into the area of insertion and then carefully prying it out using forceps. The Implanon should be replaced or removed at three years.
The intrauterine device, or IUD, is a form of contraception in which a T-shaped frame is inserted into your uterus. The hormonal IUD is made of plastic and releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. The non-hormonal IUD is made of plastic and copper. The copper is released in small amounts to disrupt the process of conception. Northbridge Medical Centre can assist with the insertion and removal of the hormonal intrauterine device (IUD), and in the removal of non-hormonal or copper intrauterine device (IUD).
Hormonal IUD, is inserted inside the uterus by a trained doctor. Your doctor will use a speculum to ensure access to the uterine cavity. Once the cervical canal and uterine cavity are aligned and the depth is measured, your doctor will fold the Hormonal IUD arms and insert the device using an applicator tube. There should be a fine nylon string that comes out through the cervix when properly inserted. Your doctor will trim the string should it be too long.
The device can remain for up to five years. If the device is being removed, your doctor will use forceps to grasp at the strings and gently pull.
At Northbridge Medical Centre, our doctors are able to remove the copper IUD contraceptive device. Copper IUD devices have varying lifespans of between 5-10 years. Your doctor will advise when it needs to be replaced or removed.