Implanon is a rod shaped device that is inserted under the skin just above the elbow. The rod contains a progestogen called etonorgestrel.
How is it inserted?
A small amount of local anaesthetic is given to numb the skin on the inner area of the arm just above the elbow. The implant is then inserted under the skin and paper stitches and/ or a small dressing is applied over the puncture wound. To ensure that you are not pregnant, the implant is fitted sometime during the first 5 days after the beginning of a normal menstrual period.
Will the implant be visible to other people?
Implanon is not likely to be visible but you should be able to feel the rod with your fingertips.
The implant is effective for contraception for 3 years. If you are very overweight it may not be effective for the full 3 years.
Implanon Insertion or change Cost – €160
Implanon Removal Cost without insertion – €120
Full Medical Card or GP Visit card – FREE
Supplementary charge to medical card patients not from our practice