Health News: Birth Control

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Implanon effectiveness questioned

Healthcare regulators have advised women using the contraceptive implant Implanon to use condoms during sex, it has been revealed that during the last 11 years nearly 600 women have become pregnant after having the contraceptive fitted.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also revealed that the Implanon insert has received 1,607 complaints, ranging from scarring to failure in preventing pregnancy.

First made available on the NHS in 1999, the Implanon implant is placed in the arm of the patient using a needle-like applicator, gradually releasing etonogestrel, a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone for around three years, preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Despite having the synthetic hormone implant inserted, a study has found that it is ineffective when placed too deeply.

Due to a lack of adequate training, it was found that some GPs and other medical professionals were not properly inserting the Implanon device into the arm.

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), a body that represents GPs, has awarded six women with a total

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