Contraception and Pregnancy Testing

Contraception: long-term options for women

Several medicines and devices are available to provide long-term, reversible contraception for women. These options offer from 1 month to 5 years of contraceptive protection, depending on which one is selected.

Oral contraception is highly effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy, when used correctly.

The two types available in Australia are the combined pill, known as ‘the Pill’, and the mini pill.
The hormones in oral contraception prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from getting through.

A doctor can advise you on the risks and benefits of using oral contraception, as well as on the alternative methods available.

Long-term contraceptives can only be obtained through a doctor here at our Clinic.

Selecting the most appropriate long-term contraceptive for your needs will depend on your individual preferences and circumstances — for example, when and if you plan to have a pregnancy in the future — as well as your previous and current general and reproductive health.

Implant

The contraceptive implant is a tiny rod which is inserted under the skin of the inner, upper arm to provide 3 years of contraceptive protection.

The implant is made of plastic containing a progestogen, and is 2 mm wide and 4 cm long — similar in shape and size to a match stick.

Your doctor will remove the implant after it has been in place for 3 years, or at any time prior to this if the contraceptive effect is no longer required. Fertility returns soon after removal of the implant.

To continue contraception, a new implant must be inserted at the time of removal of the previous one.

We have four doctors at at our clinic who are trained to insert and remove an Implanon.

Please enquire when booking.

Please let Reception know at the time of booking what your needs are e.g. Initial discussion or Implant procedure.

If you are new to this type of contraception you will be offered an initial consultation with one of our doctors so you can make an informed choice.

Hormone-releasing intrauterine device

A small, T-shaped device made of impregnated plastic that is placed inside the uterus (womb). From here it releases a progestogen called levonorgestrel, which provides continuous contraceptive protection for 5 years.

It has a small string attached that passes out through the cervix — feeling the string high up in the vagina lets you know that the device is still in place.

The device is removed by your doctor after 5 years, or earlier if contraception is no longer required.

If further contraception is needed, a new device is inserted at the same time as removal of the previous IUD.

Insertions are performed by a Gynaecologist so our doctors here will be able to do the referral for your procedure but not the insertion.

For removals, our doctors can do this here at our clinic (provided the string is visible).
Please discuss at the time of booking.

This type of contraceptive has also been found to reduce problems with heavy periods.
It is recommended you find out more about this type of contraception.

Depot injection

A depot injection for long-term contraception usually involves an injection into the muscle of your buttock, or your upper arm, to provide protection from pregnancy for 3 months.

If contraception is needed beyond this time the injection is repeated every 3 months, for as long as needed.

How it works

These injections contain the medicine medroxyprogesterone acetate (sometimes shortened to ‘MPA’).

MPA is a progestogen, which is a synthetic substance that mimics the action of the natural hormone progesterone. MPA works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (‘ovulation’) each month.
If no egg is present for fertilisation by sperm, then a pregnancy cannot occur.

After your initial visit with a doctor your repeat depot injection can be done by a nurse here, reducing your ongoing costs.

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Pregnancy Testing

All our doctors are able to assist with pregnancy testing. We have a Pathology lab next door that will report your result within one day.

The process is that you have the blood test and then ring us for a result message at an agreed time.

 

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