Contraception Options

The contraceptive implant also known as Implanon

The contraceptive implant is a small, flexible plastic rod containing progesterone. It is inserted just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm and provides protection for up to 3 years. 

Your doctor can remove it at any time and you will return to pre-existing fertility usually within the first cycle after its removal.

IUS also known as the Mirena

The hormonal Intrauterine System (IUS) is a small, plastic T-shaped device with a cylinder around its stem that releases the hormone progesterone. The IUS provides protection for up to 5 years.

With regards to fertility, approximately 80% of women trying to fall pregnant will conceive within 12 months following the removal of the IUS.

The Pill

There are a variety of oral contraceptive pills available today and they may contain either one or two hormones: Oestrogen and progesterone (the combined pill) or just progesterone (the mini pill).

Both the combined pill and the mini pill are highly effective when taken correctly but their effectiveness may be reduced when taken incorrectly.

There are different types of combined pills, so it may need to try one or two different types before you find the one that suits you

You will return to pre-existing fertility usually within the first cycle after you cease taking it.

The intrauterine device (IUD)

The IUD is a small plastic and copper device inserted into the uterus that can remain in place for up to 5 years.

Your doctor can remove it at any time and the majority of women wishing to fall pregnant are able to conceive within 12 months following removal of the IUD.

The contraceptive injection also known as Depo Provera

This is an injection of the hormone progesterone that lasts up to 3 months.

Once no longer having the injections, approximately 65% of women trying to fall pregnant will conceive within 12 months, however this may be delayed by up to 18 months.