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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-31

One-year experience with Implanon sub-dermal implants in Jos, Nigeria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

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J T Mutihir
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State
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Objective: To determine Implanon acceptance, the group of women accepting it, complications, indications for discontinuation; and report an initial experience with the method. Methodology: This was a retrospective observational study of Implanon®, a single rod, long acting, reversible subdermal contraceptive implant system, containing the progestin etonogestrel, which was introduced in Jos, Nigeria, in May 2006. Results: Implanon capsules were accepted by 404 clients constituting 13.4% of acceptors of all contraceptive methods. The average age, parity and number of living children to the acceptors were 32.1 years, 3.6 and 3.3 respectively. About three-quarters (76.0%) of the women had secondary and tertiary education. Seventy-three (18.1%) of the women were taking a modern contraceptive method for the first time. There were 7 removals giving a high continuation rate of 98.3% in the first year. Menstrual disturbance was the commonest (57.1%) indication for removal. Conclusion: Implanon is an acceptable method of contraception among our women population.

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