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IUD insertion

A safe, effective, long-term option for birth control

Wondering if an IUD is something that would suit you? Here are the top questions our patients ask about an IUD insertion.

What is an IUD Insertion?

The Mirena, Kyleena and Copper are all different types of intrauterine devices (IUDs).

All options are a safe, effective, long-term option for birth control. The Mirena and Kyleena IUDs act with a small amount of local hormone in combination with the shape and placement of the device to prevent pregnancy. The Kyleena is smaller in size than the Mirena. The Copper IUD does not release any hormones, but the shape and placement of the device prevents pregnancy. Once inserted, the Mirena and Kyleena typically do not have to be removed for up to five years. The copper IUD can be left in place for up to 10 years.

Mirena insertion has become more common over the last five years, and while often used for contraceptive purposes, a Mirena can be considered for a number of other health concerns.

What should I expect at my IUD insertion?

Before the insertion procedure, you will need an appointment with your doctor to determine whether the IUD is appropriate for you. You will also need to determine whether the Mirena, Kyleena or Copper IUD is best for you. At that appointment, you will also receive a script for the IUD device. You will need to obtain the device from a pharmacy and bring it to your insertion appointment.

Please remember to bring the device to your insertion appointment. At the insertion appointment, you will have a final conversation with your doctor about the procedure. Then, you will usually need to give a urine sample. The IUD insertion takes place in our procedure room. Your IUD is inserted into the cervical canal, and then placed into your uterus. Upon the removal of the applicator, the IUD will remain in place. You will have a discussion with your doctor and the nurse about how to manage post-procedure symptoms. We recommend taking it easy the day of the procedure and resuming normal activities within the next 3-7 days, depending on your body’s response.

How long does it take to complete an IUD Insertion?

You should plan to be at the clinic for 60 minutes. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare you for the procedure. The procedure itself takes approximately 20 minutes. We ask that you remain in the clinic for 20 minutes after the procedure to ensure you do not experience any adverse reactions to the IUD being placed.

Will the procedure be painful?

You might feel some cramping during and after the procedure, but this usually goes away after a couple of minutes. In a few cases, however, this can last for a day or two. Typically, the removal is much easier and slightly less uncomfortable than the insertion.

What can I expect at my IUD removal?

Typically, the removal is quicker than the insertion. To remove the device, your doctor will use forceps to grasp the IUD’s strings and gently pull to extract the implant. If this does cause any cramping, it should be very light.

What are the side effects of the Kyleena/Mirena IUD?

Side effects are often different between patients and vary between devices as well. Some people experience no side effects after an IUD insertion. Others may experience some short-term and/or long-term side effects.

Short-term side effects of the IUD may include cramping and/or spotting.

Long-term side effects of the IUD may include:

  • pelvic pain,
  • irregular bleeding,
  • headaches,
  • breast tenderness and
  • mood changes.

Some women experience a complete absence of a menstrual cycle with the Mirena IUD. The Copper IUD does not contain hormones so side effects related to hormones such as breast tenderness, headaches and mood changes are not likely to occur.

How much does it cost to have an IUD Insertion?

The costs of an IUD insertion include the purchase of the device and the appointments with your doctor.

You will need to book an initial consultation with your doctor and then an appointment for your procedure.

Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Afterpay payment options available. 

The cost of an IUD insertion may vary depending on the length and complexity.

Payment plans are available, please contact the practice on 03 9329 7077 to find out more.

Your IUD device requires a prescription and subsequent purchase from the pharmacy. A standard prescription is approximately $40. If you hold a concession card, the cost will be $5.60.

If you have any further questions about IUD insertion please call 03 9329 7077 to speak to one of our friendly staff.

An Implanon is a long-acting contraceptive made of soft plastic that is inserted into the upper arm.

Before the insertion procedure, you will need an appointment with your doctor to determine whether the Implanon is appropriate for you. At that appointment, you will also receive a script for the Implanon device. You will need to obtain the device from a pharmacy and bring it to your insertion appointment.

Please remember to bring the device to your Implanon insertion appointment. Your doctor will review the procedure with you. A local anaesthetic (a shot to numb the area of insertion) is provided where the Implanon will be inserted.

Implanon is put in the upper arm and is usually inserted during the first five days of your period. A dressing will be placed over the insertion site and should remain in place for * days. After insertion, you should be able to feel the Implanon when you gently touch your arm.

Your Implanon can be left in your arm for three years. In order for it to be removed, a local anaesthetic is used once again, and a small incision is made in your arm to remove the device

Side effects are different for everyone. Changes to the menstrual cycle are typical with Implanon and it can cause lighter periods; for some women they may disappear altogether. Other women do continue to have irregular bleeding or spotting throughout the duration of the Implanon being inserted.
If you have concerns about your bleeding, please discuss with your health care provider.

Side effects are different for everyone. Changes to the menstrual cycle are typical with Implanon and it can cause lighter periods; for some women they may disappear altogether. Other women do continue to have irregular bleeding or spotting throughout the duration of the Implanon being inserted.

If you have concerns about your bleeding, please discuss with your health care provider.

You may feel a slight pinch as numbing medication is injected into the arm, however the procedure does not hurt after this. Your arm may ache a few hours after the procedure, but this should fade relatively quickly.

The Implanon does not interfere with fertility once it is removed.

Initial consult- $58 gap fee
Procedure- $110 gap fee

Generally speaking, both the IUD and the Implanon devices are long-term birth control solutions. The IUD is a contraceptive device placed in your uterus instead of in your arm.

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