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How does your contraception rate?
Did you know the Oral Contraceptive Pill “The Pill” (OCP) is not the most effective contraception available in Australia?
In fact, the OCP is only 91% effective at preventing pregnancy, so that means 9 women in 100 will fall pregnant in one calendar year while on the pill! Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is now seen as first line contraception for women wanting effective, long term, hassle free contraception. The LARCS include Implanon NXT ® and Interuterine Devices (Mirena ® and Copper IUDs). Their effectiveness is >99.8% and also provide other benefits such as period control.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
IUD’s are small devices placed in a woman’s uterus (womb) for contraception and period control. There are two types of devices – Mirena ® which contains a synthetic version of progestogen (a normal female hormone) and the Copper IUD which contains no hormones.
IUD’s last for 5-10 years depending on which type is inserted and provide excellent contraception with an effectiveness rate of 99.8% (compared with the oral contraceptive pill at 91%). Both methods are completely reversible and have no effect on future fertility.
Other benefits of the Mirena ® IUD is a reduction in period pain and bleeding by 90% with 50% of women not experiencing a period. The out of pocket cost for a Mirena is $128.85.
Implanon NXT ®
The Implanon is a small plastic rod that is inserted just underneath the skin of the inner upper arm. Once inserted, it can be felt but not seen. Implanon slowly releases synthetic progesterone and lasts 3 years. It has an effectiveness rate of 99.9% and is also effective in period control. The out of pocket cost for insertion/removal or both insertion and removal at the same consultation ranges from $92.00 – $135. 00.
Interested in learning more? Book in with Dr Sumudu Cooray who is qualified to insert both devices. If you are interested in having an IUD you will require a preliminary consultation with Dr Sumudu Cooray prior to being booked in for the procedure.
For further information please refer to these resources
Family Planning Victoria:
Royal Women’s Hospital: