Assessment of Implanon™ insertion and removal

Jeffrey P. Levine, Francine E. Sinofsky, Mercedes F. Christ

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Objective: This report describes the proper technique and the time required for insertion and removal of Implanon™. Methods: Implanon™ was inserted into 330 female volunteers for an assessment of efficacy, safety and tolerability over a 2-year period. Implanon™ was inserted subdermally using a unique, specially designed, preloaded, disposable applicator, and removal was accomplished either by the "pop-out" method or by grasping the implant with a small hemostat and removing it through a small incision. Results: The average length of time required for insertion was 0.5 min. The average length of time required for removal was 3.6 min. There were no reported pregnancies when Implanon™ was in situ. Conclusion: Implanon™ is a single-rod subdermal contraceptive that is usually easily inserted and removed. Insertion and removal represent brief office procedures associated with a low rate of complications. Following proper insertion and removal procedures will minimize the possibility of complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Contraception
  • Etonogestrel
  • Implanon®
  • Insertion and removal
  • Long-acting hormonal contraception

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