New Zealanders testify Efficacy of Contraceptive

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Submitted by Pallavi Sharma on Fri, 01/07/2011

A contraceptive device named `Implanon’, which is a toothpick-sized implant that contains the synthetic progesterone etonogestrel, has been successfully accepted by women in New Zealand who want to prevent pregnancy for a year or more. This evidence is in contrast with the success rate of the device in Britain where it was invented.

It is stated that it led to hundreds of unplanned pregnancies in Britain, and the reason responsible for the failure of prevention is said to be improper insertion of the matchstick-sized device under the skin of the upper arm. There are two contraceptives available in New Zealand – Implanon and Jadelle. At its cost almost $300 very few women have had Implanon inserted, on the other hand Jadelle is government-subsidised, available at just $3.

Nearly 1,607 women have complained about the device over the last 12 years in the U. K. Mainly the complaints were pertaining to adverse reactions such as pain after insertion, scarring, and other problems. The U. K.’s National Health Services had to give damages worth 120,000 pounds to nine women who experienced unwanted pregnancies from Implanon, and 80,000 pounds in costs, according to the U. K. press.

The assessment held by the MHRA is also that incorrect implantation of the device is a possible explanation for the unwanted pregnancies and the success of the contraceptive `Implanon’ would come about only with correct and carefully performed sub-dermal insertion of the implant.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

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