Implanon®: Insertion and Removal
The etonogestrel implant, Implanon® is a sterile 4-cm × 2-mm single rod that is implanted subdermally and can provide up to 3 years of continuous effective contraception. Each rod contains 68 mg of the progestin etonogestrel encased in an ethylene vinylacetate copolymer skin . It is supplied in a sterile, preloaded disposable applicator. The applicator greatly facilitates proper insertion in a superficial plane, reduces the risk of infection via contamination of the sterile rod, and allows insertion without the need for incision and concomitant risk of scarring. Implanon® was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in July 2006, but has already been used by over 5 million women worldwide.
KeywordsContraceptive Method Unintended Pregnancy Medial Epicondyle Sterile Gauze Antiseptic Solution
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- Information about insertion and removal of Implanon® is available from the manufacturer by contacting Organon USA Inc at 1-877-467-5266 or www.implanon-usa.com.