Breaking it Down: Insertion and Removal Process for Contraceptive Implants

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Embarking on the realm of contraception can often feel like an enigma, with many confusing terms and procedures. However, fear not, for we are here to shed light on one particular method – the contraceptive implant insertion and removal. From start to finish, this post will be a comprehensive guide to what individuals can expect during these processes – a journey of contraceptive implants.

What Is the Contraceptive Implant and How Does It Work?

A contraceptive implant is a long-term birth control method known as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). It is a small, flexible rod placed under the upper arm’s skin by a doctor or nurse.

The implant releases progestin into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. The hormone progestin works by pausing ovulation and thickening the cervix’s mucus, making it hard for sperm to reach an egg. The implant is more than 99% effective.

Let’s learn about implants’ insertion and removal processes to better understand this type of birth control.

The Insertion Process of Implants

Preparation for the Procedure

PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

Patients must undergo an assessment and evaluation to help healthcare providers determine the patient’s overall health status and identify possible risks or complications during the insertion process of contraceptive implants.

Blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature are the things that are usually checked to ensure that the patient is medically fit for the insertion procedure.

OBTAINING INFORMED CONSENT FROM THE PATIENT

Before proceeding with the insertion of contraceptive implants, healthcare providers must discuss the procedure in detail with the patient. It allows patients to fully understand the risks and benefits associated with the treatment.

GATHERING THE NECESSARY SUPPLIES

Healthcare providers will gather the contraceptive implants, sterile gloves, antiseptic solution, and a local anaesthetic to ensure that all supplies are readily available to minimise delays or interruptions.

HAND HYGIENE

Healthcare providers must thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to reduce the risk of introducing harmful bacteria to the patient’s body.

PATIENT POSITIONING

The patient should be comfortable in their position for the insertion process. Typically, they are placed on their back with their arms at their sides.

Steps Involved in Insertion

SITE SELECTION FOR IMPLANT PLACEMENT

Healthcare providers will use a sterile marking pen to mark the insertion site. It is typically on the inner side of the non-dominant arm, about 8-10 cm above the elbow crease.

INJECTION OF LOCAL ANAESTHETIC

A local anaesthetic is injected to minimise discomfort or pain. It may cause a burning sensation that subsides quickly.

PREPARATION OF THE INSERTION SITE

After the area is numbed, healthcare providers will use an antiseptic solution to clean it, reducing the risk of infection and ensuring the implant is inserted into a clean area.

IMPLANT DEVICE INSERTION

Healthcare providers will use a specialised device to insert the contraceptive implant under the skin. It will be used to push the implant into its proper place.

SECUREMENT OF THE ARM AND DEVICE

After insertion, a small bandage or adhesive strip is placed to protect the site and keep the implant in place. The patient’s arm is then secured with a wrap or bandage to minimise any movement that may dislodge the implant.

Timing of Insertion

The time taken to insert a contraceptive implant is usually between 1-2 minutes. However, this may vary depending on the patient’s anatomy and the healthcare provider’s experience.

The Removal Process of Implants

Preparation for the Procedure

OBTAINING INFORMED CONSENT FROM THE PATIENT

Healthcare providers must discuss the procedure with the patient and obtain informed consent before the removal process.

GATHERING THE NECESSARY SUPPLIES

The supplies needed for implant removal include sterile gloves, an antiseptic solution, a local anaesthetic, and an instrument designed to remove implants.

HAND HYGIENE

Healthcare providers must thoroughly wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to minimise the risk of infection.

PATIENT POSITIONING

Patient positioning for implant removal is usually similar to insertion – lying on their back with arms at their sides.

Steps Involved in Removal

ASSESSMENT OF THE REMOVAL SITE

Healthcare providers will first assess the site of the implant to determine its location and make any necessary markings.

INJECTION OF LOCAL ANAESTHETIC

A local anaesthetic is injected at the removal site to reduce discomfort or pain.

MAKING A SMALL INCISION

A small incision is then made at the site of the implant.

REMOVING THE IMPLANT

The contraceptive implant is gently pulled out from under the skin using a specialised instrument.

SECURING THE SITE AFTER REMOVAL

The site should be applied pressure to stop bleeding, and a bandage or adhesive strip will be placed over the incision to keep it clean. The patient’s arm is secured with a wrap or bandage until the wound heals.

Timing of Removal

The removal process usually takes 5-10 minutes, depending on the healthcare provider’s experience and any complications that may arise during the procedure.

In Summary

Contraceptive implant insertion and removal processes are quick and straightforward, with minimal discomfort or pain. Follow the proper procedures and precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of patients during these processes. With proper care and follow-up, contraceptive implants can be an excellent option for those looking for long-term birth control solutions.

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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!

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