Birth Control Center | Abortion Clinic

Birth Control Center, Abortion Clinic
Birth Control Centre | Abortion Clinic


What is it?
A small flexible rod, about the size of a hairgrip, which is inserted under the skin in the upper arm under local anaesthetic. There is only one type that is prescribed in the South Africa at present, it is called Nexplanon. It contains the hormone progestogen.

The implant can be removed at anytime with immediate return of fertility.

How it works.

The implant slowly releases progestogen into the bloodstream preventing ovulation from taking place (releasing of an egg) and thickens the mucus around the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to get into the uterus. It also makes the lining of the uterus thinner so that it is less likely to accept a fertilised egg.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of Birth Control (Long acting Contraceptives)

  • Does not interrupt sex
  • Works for up to three years
  • Can be used when breastfeeding
  • You don’t have to remember to take it like the pill
  • Can reduce heavy, painful periods

Disadvantages of Birth Control (Long acting Contraceptives)

  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Requires a small procedure to fit and remove the implant
  • Can cause temporary side effects, e.g. mood changes and breast tenderness
  • Periods may change and you may have a bleeding pattern that you find unacceptable.
  • Some women can find that their acne worsens
  • Not suitable for women using enzyme inducing drugs.
  • How effective is it?
  • The implant is 99% effective.
  • What makes it less effective?
  • Some prescribed and complementary medicines.


Does not interrupt sex
Works immediately
Your periods normally become lighter, shorter, less painful and can stop completely after 12 months of use
Works 3- 5 years depending on the device fitted and can be removed at any time
Fertility will return to normal once the device is removed
Is not affected by other medicines


Some of the temporary side effects that can occur are:

Light bleeding or spotting between periods
Mood changes
Breast tenderness
How effective is it?

Over 99% effective.

All methods are available at our clinics – please discuss with us you your options following treatment.

For more information on different forms of contraception, go to our contraception advice page.


An IUS is a small plastic ‘T’ shaped contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is also called Mirena. It is effective for up to five years.

How it works
The IUS contains the female hormone progestogen, which it slowly releases into the body. This thickens the mucus from the cervix making it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg. It also thins the lining of the uterus to prevent an egg from implanting. In some cases it can stop a woman from ovulating.

A trained doctor or nurse should fit the device. They will usually fit it during or just after your menstrual cycle to ensure that a pregnancy is not present. The procedure can take between 5 and 15 minutes and may cause some discomfort. Painkillers or a local anaesthetic can be requested prior to the procedure.

The IUS will have one or two fine threads that come through the cervix opening and sit at the top of the vagina. This enables you to make sure that the device is still in place and should be checked on a monthly basis.

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