There are many choices of contraception (ways to prevent pregnancy) based on your needs, age and medical history. It is important to consider your lifestyle habits, the cost of each contraceptive method and how often to come back for repeat prescriptions. Discuss with your GP the best method for you.

Contraceptive advice videos

Types of contraception
Advice for young people
What is contraception?
Emergency contraception

Long term contraception

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the most effective and low-cost contraception available. These include the Intrauterine Device (IUD) and the Hormonal Implant.

Advantages of LARC
✓ Lasts 3-10 years.
✓ It is not permanent – LARC can be taken out at any time so you are able to get pregnant quickly after the implant is removed.
✓ Costs are usually lower over time as there is no need to return for repeat prescriptions for 3-10 years.


Whitehorse Medical Centre
505-507 Whitehorse Rd
VIC, 3132.
Telephone: (03) 9874 7399
Fax: (03) 9872 6175

Hormonal Implant

The hormonal implant is a tiny, thin rod about as big as a matchstick. A GP inserts the implant under the skin of your upper arm. It releases the hormone progestogen to stop you from getting pregnant.

How it works?

The hormonal implant (Implanon NXT©) prevents sperm movement so it cannot get to an egg. The hormonal implant also can stop the egg leaving the ovaries (ovulation).
Hormonal implant

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

IUD is a small contraceptive device fitted inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types:
• The copper IUD is a small plastic device with copper wrapped around its stem.
• The progestogen IUD is a small T-shape device with a cylinder containing progestogen around its stem (Mirena or Kyleena©).

How it works?

IUD prevent sperm movement so it cannot get to an egg. Hormonal IUDs also can stop the egg leaving the ovaries (ovulation).
Having an IUD insertion
IUD insertion & pain: What to expect

GPs that insert IUDs at Whitehorse Medical Centre
Dr Julie Wang

GPs that insert Hormonal Implants at Whitehorse Medical Centre
Dr Julie Wang
Dr Kolin Lu
Dr Peter Sanad
Dr Rosemary Gentle
Dr May Loh
• Dr Amy Wang

Please contact us to make an appointment for consultation or to discuss the costs of the contraceptive procedures.
References: Family Planning Victoria, Family Planning New South Wales, Royal Women’s Hospital