Women’s Health

An experienced and understanding team of doctors are here to help you.

Conception is an important and personal decision. Our clinic can assist you with various conception methods and our friendly team is experienced to help guide you through the process.


Implanon size against arm.Implanon is a small implant that is placed just under the skin in your non dominant arm. It is designed to be inserted under local anaesthetic. If it is inserted during day 1 – 5 of your menstrual cycle it should be effective immediately. If you have the implant inserted at other times during your cycle it is important to check whether or not you are pregnant first. You may also need to practice other forms of contraception for seven days. Your doctor will discuss everything with you in your appointment so that you are clear on what to do and how it works. 

Implanon inserts work by releasing small amounts of hormone providing birth control for up to three years. 

If you decide that you would like to fall pregnant, removal of the Implanon implant is a simple procedure under a local anaesthetic. After removal of the implant your hormones should regulate themselves quickly. Ovulation should occur within the first month. 

Dr Leon Kondos offers both insertion and removal of Implanon. You will need to arrange an appointment with your doctor to discuss whether this method of contraception is right for you before having the procedure performed.

Mirena IUD

Diagram of inserted Mirena IUDMirena is a soft, flexible Intrauterine System (IUS) that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It provides birth control that lasts for up to 5 years.

Mirena also offers the following benefits:
More than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
You can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. Within a year of having Mirena removed, about 8/10 women succeed at becoming pregnant
Proven to reduce heavy periods
Suitable for most women of all ages and at all stages of life, even into the menopausal transition.

Intrauterine Copper IUD

Copper IUDThe copper IUD is a small T-shaped device made of plastic with copper wire wrapped around it. It is inserted into the uterus not the vagina, which means neither you or your partner should feel it while having sex.

Once inserted it provides reliable and effective protection against pregnancy for five to ten years, depending on the type chosen.

Copper IUDs work by releasing copper ions, which kill sperm, and by preventing fertilised eggs from implanting in the uterus – which means they are a non-hormonal form of contraception.

They can also be used as an emergency contraception, as an alternative to the morning after pill, within five days of unprotected intercourse.

The copper IUD is a highly effective type of contraception (99.2% typical use, 99.4% perfect use).

The most common side effects are heavier, more painful or prolonged periods. Some women might also experience light spotting between periods, especially in the first few months after insertion. In most cases these side effects usually improve with time.

See your doctor to discuss whether Mirena or Copper IUD would be a good choice for you.

Dr Michael Horwood is available for the removal and insertion of both the Mirena and copper IUDs.

Insertion Clinics are run with Nurse support and there is currently minimal waiting time. Feel free to phone our friendly reception staff on (07) 3254 1400 to book a pre-assessment appointment. The doctor will meet with you to discuss the procedure and make sure it is the right choice for you and then an appointment will be scheduled shortly afterwards to have the Mirena or IUD inserted.

Sexual Health

Sexual health involves many things: Knowing about your body and how it works; understanding the physical, social and emotional changes that come with puberty, pregnancy and ageing; keeping yourself and others safe; and finding information and support when things go wrong, such as an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.

Our doctors at Merthyr Medical Centre are committed to helping you through these problems. Phone 07 3254 1400 today to discuss your concerns.

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