Implanon: our three year experience
D. Sobral, F. Palma, E. Delgado, A. I. Machado, F. Aleixo, J. Lemos, L. Moniz
Department of Gynaecology, Maternidade Dr. Alfredo da Costa, Lisbon,
Objective: To assess the acceptability, efficacy and safety of
Implanon since its release in Portugal in 2001.
Method: We followed every woman that attended our out- patient clinic
that chose this contraceptive method.
Results: Most women had no information about this method prior to the
consultation. Bleeding irregularities were the most commonly reported side-
effect followed by weight gain, moods and headaches. The wish for pregnancy led
to the majority of removal requests.
Conclusion: Implanon is well tolerated when the patient is
well-informed prior its insertion. This method had excellent, reversible