Implanon Insertion/Removal

What is an implanon? 

Contraceptive implants work in a similar way to the pill. The implant is a small, thin and flexible rod containing a hormone that helps to prevent pregnancy. Parkhill Medical Center offers implanon insertion and removal. 

How to prepare for my implanon insertion?

Before the insertion procedure, you will need an appointment with your doctor to determine whether the Implanon is appropriate for you. If this is what your doctor recommends, you will receive a script for the implanon device from a pharmacy which you will need to bring to your insertion appointment. 

What to expect? 

On the day of the procedure, your doctor will review the procedure with you, and discuss any questions or concerns that may arise. A local anesthetic is provided where the implanon is provided 

Does implanon insertion hurt? 

Inserting an implanon typically does not hurt. There may be some bruising and tenderness after having it put in or removed. This may last for up to a week. Wearing a bandage over the arm for 24 hours helps reduce bruising and tenderness. The area may itch slightly for a few days. It’s important to avoid rubbing the skin over the implant.

Implanon removal 

The implanon lasts up to 3 years. The removal involves a local anesthetic, followed by an incision in your upper arm. 

IUD vs Implanon – which contraceptive is the right one for me? 

Both are long term contraceptives, the main difference being that the IUD is placed in your uterus while the implanon is placed in your upper arm. They are equally effective as contraceptives, and it is a matter of personal choice when choosing between them. Your GP can discuss a range of options with you and help you decide which will work the best for you. Contraceptives to consider include: 

  • Intrauterine device (mirena insertion) 
  • Hormonal implant (implanon insertion) 
  • The oral contraceptive pills
  • Contraceptive injections 
  • Condoms, diaphragms and other barrier methods 


IUD Insertion
Service type Payable on day (average estimate) Medicare rebate Out-of-pocket expenses
Implanon Insertion $185.00 $122.10 $62.90 plus pharmacy
Implanon Removal $200.00 $136.95 $63.05 plus pharmacy
Implanon Re-Insertion $245.00 $170.30 $74.70 plus pharmacy
Implanon Insertion/Removal/Re-Insertion for HCC holders Bulk billed

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