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Contraceptive Procedures

At Double Bay Doctors we offer a comprehensive range of contraceptive procedures. See below for information on the range of options available. 

What is an IUD?

  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are small contraceptive devices that are inserted into the uterus (womb) to prevent pregnancy. 

  • The 2 types available are the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD. 

  • Both are among the most effective methods of contraception and can stay in place for 5 to 10 years, depending on the type. 


  • Name - Mirena (‘progestogen IUD’)       

  • Description - Mirena is a small, T-shaped device made of impregnated plastic that is placed inside the uterus.

  • How it works - The device releases a progestogen called levonorgestrel, this changes the cervical mucus and inhibits movement of sperm.     

  • Length of protection - 5 years

  • Considerations - Your doctor will check your cervix to determine your suitability for Mirena. Cramping can occur in the few days after Mirena is inserted. Women who haven’t had children, or those who have had C-sections, may experience more cramping and discomfort.


Check out this video by Dr Nav on Instagram about whether getting an IUD fitted is painful:

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  • Name - Copper IUD

  • Description - A small plastic device that has a stem wound with fine copper wire.  

  • How it works - The copper IUD releases very small amounts of copper (about one-hundredth of your average food intake of copper) which creates conditions inside the uterus that are unsuitable for pregnancy. 

  • Length of protection - 10 years

  • Considerations - As with a Mirena IUD, cramping can occur a few days after the IUD is inserted. You may also experience a change in the pattern of your periods.



  • Name - Implanon implant

  • Description - A 4cm-long, flexible plastic rod is inserted directly under the skin of the arm.        

  • How it works - The implant contains a synthetic progesterone hormone, which is released into the bloodstream. Fertility returns quickly upon removal.             

  • Length of protection - 3 years

  • Considerations - You will require a local anesthetic for insertion. You may feel a slight sting, and some women experience mild bruising.            


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