There are many contraceptive methods available in Australia, including implants and injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs, both copper and hormonal), emergency contraception, pills and vaginal rings, barrier methods (male and female condoms and diaphragms), female and male sterilisation.
Long acting reversible contraceptives are becoming increasingly popular, as they suit busy lifestyle of modern women. Once fitted, they work for years without any need for regular check-up.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC ) options are considered the most effective contraception choices currently available and while no contraception is 100% effective, the use of contraception is the best way to decrease the chances of an unplanned pregnancy from occurring.
LARC options are:
Dr Sem will discuss these options with you, so you can make informed choice. In most cases, the insertion can be performed in the rooms under no or just local anaesthetics.
Female sterilisation should be considered as permanent and not reversible, as successful reversal cannot be guaranteed. The methods are 99.5% effective. They are suitable only for people who have completed their families or have decided not to have children, and feel certain of their decision. It is not usually recommended for young people, people who think they may want children in the future, or people who feel unsure about the procedure.
Female sterilisation involves blocking or cutting the Fallopian tubes (where eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus) to prevent the ova (eggs) from coming in contact with sperm. After sterilisation, an ovum (egg) is still released each month but is absorbed by the body.
Dr Sem performs female sterilisation procedures laparoscopically, using only three small ports (5 mm), thus minimising pain, with shorter recovery time and in most cases can be done as day procedure.