Relevant BNF section: 7.3.2
Levonorgestrel 38mg subdermal implant (Norplant), intended to provide contraception for 5 years, was withdrawn in the UK in 1999 due to unwanted effects (menstrual disturbances) and difficulties in removing the device. Since then, ▼etonogestrel* implant (Implanon - Organon), another progestogen-only subdermal contraceptive device, has become available in the UK. The manufacturer claims that etonogestrel implant provides contraception for up to 3 years and is easy to insert and remove. Here, we consider the place of etonogestrel implant.
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