Subdermal implants: a recent addition to the choice of South African contraceptives
Keywords: subdermal implants, contraception
AbstractImplanon® NXT is a subdermal hormonal contraceptive implant licensed for use in South Africa. It is a long-acting contraceptive, effective for three years, with more than 99% efficacy in a population of users. It has a rapid onset of effectiveness and is quickly reversible. It offers safe and convenient contraception with higher use effectiveness than most other reversible contraceptive methods. Implanon® NXT is useful in women who require long-term contraceptive effectiveness without the finality of sterilisation. Age restrictions are not applicable. It can be used by women from menarche to menopause. The following three short case studies outline various aspects of Implanon® NXT as a choice of contraceptive, including the importance of counselling prior to insertion of the implant, and the management of problems associated with the implant.
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