MedCentres Robina

Contraceptive Advice & Procedures

With many options available our doctors will find the best contraceptive solution for your situation.

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Contraceptive Advice & Procedures

With so many hormonal and non hormonal contraceptive options, choosing the best option for you can seem confusing and overwhelming. Now choices include a variety of different pills, intrauterine devices (IUD’s), injectable and implantable devices, “the pill” doesn’t have to be your first or only option.

There may be some trial and error in finding the most suitable one for you and there is no one size fits all. Our doctors are familiar with all of the options and pros and cons of each contraceptive method.

We can also discuss with you and refer to gynaecologists regarding permanent forms of contraception including:

  • tubal ligation,
  • hysterectomy
  • vasectomy

Long acting reversible contraception refers to devices that are inserted either into the uterus (IUD) or the arm (implant). The IUD is a small contraceptive device that is placed inside the uterus. There are two kinds: the Cooper IUD and progesterone IUD. We have GP’s who are qualified for both IUD insertion and removal.

  • There are hormonal and non hormonal options available. Both are very effective form of birth control and the hormonal devices may also help to minimise period pain and heavy bleeding. 
  • Long acting reversible contraception is being recommended more and more as first line contraceptive option. 

Contraceptive Pill

The contraceptive pill, frequently referred to as “the pill,” is typically offered in two main configurations.

The progestogen-only tablet, commonly known as the “mini pill,” acts to alter the mucus at the uterus’ entrance so that sperm cannot get through and fertilise the egg. The combined pill prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

The contraceptive pill is a medication that can only be obtained with a prescription and must be taken every day at the same time, or as near to it as possible.

Contraceptive Injection

The hormone injection used for contraception, popularly known as “Depo,” is administered every twelve (12) to fourteen (14) weeks. This procedure inhibits ovulation and thickens the fluid at the uterine entrance, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach the egg and fertilise it.

Periods may become irregular or cease altogether as a result of this technique of contraception.

Contraceptive Implant

A small, thin, flexible rod called a contraceptive implant (such the Implanon) is implanted just beneath the skin on the inside of the arm. A hormone used in contraceptive implants works to prevent pregnancy by blocking the ovaries from

releasing an egg each month. Implants can be easily removed and typically last up to three (3) years. It is a secure choice for nursing mothers as well.

A tiny contraceptive device called an IUD is inserted into the uterus. IUDs that release hormones have a lifespan of up to five years, while copper IUDs have a lifespan of five to ten years.

To decide which contraceptive method might be best for you, discuss your options with your doctor.

Menstrual Concerns

Although a woman’s menstrual cycle is a normal bodily process, every woman will experience it differently. You might need to see your doctor about your periods for a number of reasons, including:

· Your menstrual schedule has changed

· Becoming heavier and lasting longer than eight days

· Occurring more than every two to three months apart, or less frequently than every three weeks.

· painful periods that keep you bed bound

· between periods bleeding

· bleeding following a sexual act

Make an appointment to speak with one of our knowledgeable, courteous doctors if you notice any changes in your cycle that worry you.

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