Nexplanon: The new implant for long-term contraception. A comprehensive descriptive review

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University "Magna Graecia" of Catanzaro, Viale Europa, Catanzaro, Italy.
Gynecological Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 1.33). 02/2012; 28(9):710-21. DOI: 10.3109/09513590.2011.652247
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ABSTRACT Nexplanon(®) is a new long-term reversible contraception method. The current review is aimed to analyze the published data concerning the contraceptive effectiveness of Nexplanon(®) and its effects on reproductive function. Pharmacological properties and technical procedures of insertion and removal, as well as the efficacy and safety data available, were discussed. Possible strategies for treating Nexplanon(®)-related bleeding were also described. With regard to the future research and the future scientific developments of contraceptive implants, the possible use of Nexplanon(®) wide-ranging for the symptomatic treatment of endometriosis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) were considered. Finally, it was defined in which women the use of Nexplanon(®) is indicated and in which it is contra-indicated.

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