We understand the importance of providing sensitive and trusted contraceptive advice. We have compassionate doctors experienced in providing comprehensive contraceptive consultations in a caring and supportive manner. With a deep understanding of the various contraceptive options available, our doctors take the time to listen to your specific needs, preferences, and concerns. They provide evidence-based information, helping you make informed decisions about contraception that align with your lifestyle and reproductive goals.
We aim to create a safe space for open and confidential discussions, ensuring that you feel comfortable discussing your contraceptive needs. Whether you’re considering hormonal methods, barrier methods, or long-acting reversible contraceptives, our G.P’s will guide you through the available options and help you find the most suitable contraceptive method for you.
Our clinics offer many options for you including insertion and removal of hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD), Implant (Implanon), contraceptive injection and advice / prescription including different formulations of contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, barrier methods, emergency contraception and natural methods.
We also have doctors trained in providing vasectomy procedures for our male patients as a permanent form of contraception.
For many women, a common and effective method of birth control is an Intrauterine Device (IUD). The IUD is a small contraceptive device (about the size of an ear bud) that is put into the womb to prevent pregnancy.
At Top Health Doctors, we have doctors that are trained to perform BOTH types of hormonal IUD, Mirena and Kyleena.
Both Mirena and Kyleena are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) progesterone – releasing IUD that releases a steady flow of low dose hormone levonorgestrel into womb. This hormone acts as a contraceptive that is over 98% effective. Both are effective for 5 years.
There are several ways that Mirena or Kyleena can help prevent pregnancy.
They thicken cervical mucus which prevent sperm passing through the cervical canal into your womb. They act to prevent sperm reaching or fertilising your eggs. This prevents the sperms and egg from coming into contact and prevents fertilisation.
They also reduce the monthly growth of the lining of the uterus. This action can reduce excessive menstrual bleeding, which is especially the case for Mirena.
Both Mirena and Kyleena are some of the most effective and reliable methods of contraception available (risk of pregnancy 2% or less, over 3 years).
Hormonal IUD is a long-term contraceptive. It lasts for up to five years, whereas many contraceptive injections tend to last only around three months. Compared to the contraceptive pill, it is significantly lower maintenance. That is having to remember taking 1826 daily pills over 5 years vs 1 hormonal IUD.
If you decide that you’d like to have a child, we can remove your IUD at any time. This should only take a brief moment in our clinics. Once it’s removed, you should be able to try to become pregnant shortly after. Most women who want to become pregnant are successful within twelve months of having their IUD removed.
Implanon is a contraceptive implant (about the side of a match stick), preloaded in an applicator. It is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. The implant contains 68 mg of the active substance etonogestrel, a synthetic female hormone closely resembling natural progesterone.
A small amount of the hormone is continuously released into the bloodstream and it is effective for three years.
Implanon prevents pregnancy in two ways:
Most of our doctors at Top Health Doctors can perform the Implanon insertion for you.
There are 2 commonly available hormonal injections in Australia, Depo-Provera and Depo – Ralovera.
The active ingredients of both Depo-Provera and Depo-Ralovera are chemicals similar to the natural hormone progesterone. Your ovaries produce progesterone during the second half of your monthly cycle.
Each injection protects you from pregnancy for 3 months.
They work by inhibiting the hormones that are needed for the release of eggs from your ovaries.
At Top Health Doctors, our doctors abide by the following guiding principles when considering which pill to prescribe to you. We aim to choose a formulation that:
NuvaRing works just like a combined contraceptive pill (the Pill) but instead of taking a pill every day, the ring is inserted into your vagina for 3 weeks in a row. The device releases two female sex hormones that prevent the release of an egg cell from the ovaries.
If no egg is released, you cannot become pregnant. An advantage of NuvaRing is that you do not have to remember to take a pill every day.
Barrier contraceptives physically block the sperm’s access to a woman’s womb. They include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and the use of spermicides.
Emergency contraception is used after unprotected sex. You may decide to use emergency contraception if:
Natural family planning (or fertility awareness) is avoiding sex around the time of the month where you are fertile (most likely to get pregnant).
Depending on the method you use to track your fertile time and when to avoid sex, natural family planning is 76% to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
A note on STI’s: Condoms provide the best available protection against sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
At Top Health Doctors, we have qualified doctors that are trained to perform vasectomy for our male patients as a permeant form of male contraception.
A vasectomy is an operation that prevents sperm from travelling from the testicles to the penis by cutting the tubes that allow the sperm to be transported. Vasectomy is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
If you have a vasectomy, your sex drive, production of sex hormones and ability to reach organism will not be affected.
It takes around 3 months from the time of the procedure for a vasectomy to begin working. It is important to have a sperm test to check for this.
For some women who have completed their family or have certain medical conditions (certain genetic disorders), a permanent form of female surgical contraception is chosen, such as tubal ligation.
During surgery (usually key-hole), under general anaesthetic, the fallopian tubes are clipped, cut and tied or sealed shut. This prevents any eggs from moving from the ovaries along the tube to the uterus, preventing fertilisation and pregnancy.
Our doctors can refer you to the appropriate specialists for this procedure.
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Summary and overview of the efficacy of different contraceptive methods: Efficacy of different contraceptive methods (Family Planning Alliance Australia)
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