The Pill, Mirena, Copper IUD’s, Implanon and Emergency Contraception
If you’d like advice and guidance on the right contraception to help you avoid pregnancy, we can help. With a range of contraceptive medication and devices available it can be difficult to choose the best option. Speaking with a professional about the pros and cons of each can help to put your mind at ease and make the right decision for your personal circumstances and lifestyle.
Contraceptive Pill -‘The Pill’
The Pill is daily tablet which works by inhibiting ovulation. There are different types of pills available. The mini-pill is a progestogen-only pill while the combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen and stops the ovaries from releasing an egg. Your doctor can help you figure out which pill may suit you best.
Implanon Rod / Contraceptive Rod
Implanon is a small white plastic rod that’s implanted under the skin of the upper arm, releasing small, consistent amounts of progestogen to stop pregnancy occurring. It works by halting ovulation and changes the lining of the uterus to stop eggs being fertilised.
Mirena / Hormone-Releasing Intrauterine Device
Mirena is a small plastic device shaped like a T that is placed in the uterus and slowly releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. Mirena prevents sperm from passing through the cervix by making the mucus thicker and less favourable for pregnancy.
Copper Intrauterine Device
A copper IUD is a small plastic device with copper wrapped around the stem. The IUD is placed inside the uterus by a doctor to prevent pregnancy. Copper IUD’s stop sperm from fertilising an egg and change the lining of the womb, making it less favourable for pregnancy.
Also known as the ‘Morning After Pill’, emergency contraception contains a high dose of progesterone to help prevent a pregnancy when taken as soon possible after sexual intercourse. The effectiveness of this pill is higher the sooner it is taken.
After having a baby, an effective contraception method is essential if you want to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. If you are breastfeeding, options include:
- Mini pill – Can be taken straight after you have your baby
- Implanon – Can be inserted straight after you have your baby, only a very small dose passes on to the baby through your milk
- Copper IUD or Mirena – Can be inserted from 4 weeks after your baby is born
- Combined pill – Can be taken from at least 6 weeks after your baby is born
- Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding is helpful in delaying ovulation and therefore delaying how soon you get your period after birth. It should not be trusted as a reliable contraceptive.
For couples who know they do not wish to have any more children, the male may opt to have a vasectomy procedure. More information about vasectomy is available from Dr Greg Anderson at Mudgeeraba.
If you are new to contraception and wish to discuss the various options available, or have any concerns about the contraception you are currently using, our professional team looks forward to providing friendly and comprehensive advice.