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New FDA approved Implant

I'm excited about this because I always forget the damn pill in the morning. And I hate shots.

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FDA OKs birth control implant
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

By ANDREW BRIDGES
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WASHINGTON -- Implantable contraceptives will be available again soon to U.S. women seeking a long-term solution to birth control, with the approval of a matchstick-size rod that can prevent pregnancies for up to three years.

Organon USA Inc. said Tuesday that it would begin training doctors in August to implant the contraceptive rod, called Implanon. The Food and Drug Administration approved the 1.5-inch-long rod late Monday. It is designed to be inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm.

Implanon provides 99 percent contraceptive protection. It will be the first contraceptive implant to be sold in the United States since 2000, when Wyeth Pharmaceuticals stopped U.S. sales of Norplant.

Norplant worked for up to seven years, or four years more than Implanon, but spawned lawsuits by women injured while having its six rods removed or disturbed by side effects. Another implant, a two-rod product called Jadelle, received FDA approval in 1996 but has never been sold in the U.S.

Implanon has been sold in more than 30 countries since 1998. More than 2.5 million women have used it, according to Organon.

That track record, along with the implant's single-rod design and the training doctors must receive before they can prescribe it to women, shouldn't lead to a repeat of the Norplant experience, said Dr. Scott Monroe, acting director of FDA's Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products.

In case there are problems that lead to a recall, a card containing the implant's lot number will be included in the medical files of women fitted with Implanon to help track them down, Monroe said.

Implanon releases a low, steady dose of progestin to prevent pregnancy. Its use can cause irregular bleeding and spotting. For some women, it can eliminate monthly periods altogether.

The rod is inserted by a doctor under the skin of the upper arm in a quick surgical procedure that requires only a local anesthetic. It must be removed after three years, although it can be taken out at any time before then, according to the company, a unit of Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel NV.

Progestin is a synthetic hormone similar to the progesterone made in the ovaries.

The hormone typically acts on the body by thickening the mucus in a woman's cervix, preventing the union of sperm and egg. It also can prevent ovulation, or the release of an egg from the ovaries.

The implant won't work the same in all women: It may be less effective in women more than 30 percent heavier than their ideal weight, Monroe said.

Implanon, along with other hormonal contraceptives, is associated with an increased risk of several serious side effects such as blood clots. Smoking can further increase those risks.

Organon did not release the price of Implanon. Spokeswoman Frances DeSena said it would be comparable on a per-month basis to the cost of other hormonal methods.

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I'm excited about this because I always forget the damn pill in the morning. And I hate shots.

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FDA OKs birth control implant
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

By ANDREW BRIDGES
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Implantable contraceptives will be available again soon to U.S. women seeking a long-term solution to birth control, with the approval of a matchstick-size rod that can prevent pregnancies for up to three years.

Organon USA Inc. said Tuesday that it would begin training doctors in August to implant the contraceptive rod, called Implanon. The Food and Drug Administration approved the 1.5-inch-long rod late Monday. It is designed to be inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm.

Implanon provides 99 percent contraceptive protection. It will be the first contraceptive implant to be sold in the United States since 2000, when Wyeth Pharmaceuticals stopped U.S. sales of Norplant.

Norplant worked for up to seven years, or four years more than Implanon, but spawned lawsuits by women injured while having its six rods removed or disturbed by side effects. Another implant, a two-rod product called Jadelle, received FDA approval in 1996 but has never been sold in the U.S.

Implanon has been sold in more than 30 countries since 1998. More than 2.5 million women have used it, according to Organon.

That track record, along with the implant's single-rod design and the training doctors must receive before they can prescribe it to women, shouldn't lead to a repeat of the Norplant experience, said Dr. Scott Monroe, acting director of FDA's Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products.

In case there are problems that lead to a recall, a card containing the implant's lot number will be included in the medical files of women fitted with Implanon to help track them down, Monroe said.

Implanon releases a low, steady dose of progestin to prevent pregnancy. Its use can cause irregular bleeding and spotting. For some women, it can eliminate monthly periods altogether.

The rod is inserted by a doctor under the skin of the upper arm in a quick surgical procedure that requires only a local anesthetic. It must be removed after three years, although it can be taken out at any time before then, according to the company, a unit of Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel NV.

Progestin is a synthetic hormone similar to the progesterone made in the ovaries.

The hormone typically acts on the body by thickening the mucus in a woman's cervix, preventing the union of sperm and egg. It also can prevent ovulation, or the release of an egg from the ovaries.

The implant won't work the same in all women: It may be less effective in women more than 30 percent heavier than their ideal weight, Monroe said.

Implanon, along with other hormonal contraceptives, is associated with an increased risk of several serious side effects such as blood clots. Smoking can further increase those risks.

Organon did not release the price of Implanon. Spokeswoman Frances DeSena said it would be comparable on a per-month basis to the cost of other hormonal methods.

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Yeah, I can just imagine how you wusses would whine

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Yeah, I can just imagine how you wusses would whine

j/k
I would. Reshpect.
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Glad there is something new and easier for you ladies but I really thought this thread was about other implants.

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Sorry jeeps, I don't need the other implants...
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Sorry jeeps, I don't need the other implants...
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Glad there is something new and easier for you ladies but I really thought this thread was about other implants.
Admittedly, so did I!

Still, this is great! I always thought the Norplant was a great concept.... and as busy as I am, it'd be great to not have to THINK about taking the damned pill every day!
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i read that article, but you really have to watch out for these kinds of BC. Have ya'll ever done anything but the pill?

I was on the shot for almost 4yrs, you wanna talk about messing up a persons body!!! It was rough, i wont go into details for the guys sake, and I LOVED not having to take anything, but the side effects that pop up later (for me anyway) really suck!! And the few people I know who have done the implants had no good things to say about it!!
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I knew several people that were very happy with the Norplant when it was available. But I also know just as many people who have issues with the pill as DON'T (I've been on it with absolutely no side effects for some 16 years now). I think it's all about finding what works with your body (I know people who are thrilled with the new IUD's, but I'm terrified of the very concept of it!)
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I knew several people that were very happy with the Norplant when it was available. But I also know just as many people who have issues with the pill as DON'T (I've been on it with absolutely no side effects for some 16 years now). I think it's all about finding what works with your body (I know people who are thrilled with the new IUD's, but I'm terrified of the very concept of it!)
i hate needles but i managed that for a long time cuz I am not good at taking pills, but now I do and dont have any problems at all so long as I remember, its all about routine!!

but the thought of someone inserting something permanently into my body just gives me the creeps!! *shudder*
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I've been reading the reports from Europe. about 20% have side effects bad enough that they have it removed. And After the first 6 months about 70% have no period what so ever.

But it all depends on your body. And what you want... Easiest thing is to get your boy clipped.
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I've been reading the reports from Europe. about 20% have side effects bad enough that they have it removed. And After the first 6 months about 70% have no period what so ever.

But it all depends on your body. And what you want... Easiest thing is to get your boy clipped.




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I've been reading the reports from Europe. about 20% have side effects bad enough that they have it removed. And After the first 6 months about 70% have no period what so ever.

But it all depends on your body. And what you want... Easiest thing is to get your boy clipped.
too bad many wont do that for us *sighs*...

mine is still holding out to have a kid eventually...
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I actually had one that I did get clipped. He had two kids from a previous marriage, and did it for me. Ah... True Love. NOT!
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But it all depends on your body. And what you want... Easiest thing is to get your boy clipped.
Ah, but then the reversal of clipping is much more involved than it is to just have the BC implant removed... (since we haven't had kids yet, and plan to in a few years).
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If it would get me outta work for a few days I'd do it.



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See, I don't ever plan on having Kids, and I've almost reached the age where I can get a permanent solution myself. I'm actually going to ask about it when I'm in next month.
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i thought about that myself...i hated children for many years, I have 2 much younger sisters that id everything but give birth with, and while I love them, it just gave me a bad taste for children...but they wouldnt let me do it when I was younger...but as I have gotten older, and been married almost 6 years, i think i can handle having "A" as in "1" child, they kinda grow on ya after awhile, i think i have mellowed with age

let me add an addendum to that...they still make me wanna climb the walls sometimes BUT i WILL have a nanny!!! and there wont be any little ones still for a VERY long time!!
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Sorry jeeps, I don't need the other implants...
So, what is there to apologize for?

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