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An assessment of the use of Implanon® in three community services
  1. Amanda Smith, MBBS, MFFP, SCMO1 and
  2. Simone Reuter, SEM, MFFP, Lead SCMO2
  1. North Derbyshire Contraception & Sexual Health Service, Chesterfield,UK and Central Nottinghamshire Family Planning Service, Mansfield, UK
  2. Doncaster Family Planning Service, Doncaster, UK and CMO, North Derbyshire Contraception & Sexual Health Service, Chesterfield, UK
  1. Correspondence Dr A E R Smith, North Derbyshire Contraception & Sexual Health Service, High Peak and Dales PCT, Saltergate Health Centre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1SX, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1246 233191. Fax: +44 (0) 1246 559763.


Aims The aims of the study were three-fold, namely to assess continuation rates with Implanon® fitted in clients from three contraception and sexual health services; to identify factors associated with early removal of Implanon®; and to assess clinician compliance with recommended practice in counselling and insertion.

Methods Retrospective review of client records, and comparison with audit criteria. Postal survey.

Main findings One hundred and ninety women had Implanon® inserted in the study period. Continuation rates were between 84% and 88% at 6 months and 67% and 78% at 12 months. There were no pregnancies or procedure complications. The main reasons for removal were identified as intolerance of recognised side effects or a change of mind about wanting contraception. Younger women were more likely to have the device removed early. There was evidence of excellent or good recording of many criteria for best practice in counselling and insertion. The assessment highlighted certain issues around counselling and insertion that services needed to consider further.

Conclusions The three services have been reassured that they are providing a good standard of care to clients requesting Implanon® and that their 'real life' 6- and 12-month continuation rates are reasonable.

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