Use of Norplant® implants in a New York City clinic population

Susan Gerber*, Carolyn Westhoff, Maria Lopez, Laurie Gordon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Two-hundred-eight women attending family planning clinics in New York City who received the Norplant contraceptive system during the first sixteen months of Norplant implants insertions were evaluated. Within this clinic population, Norplant implants were a popular contraceptive choice and were removed from 64 of the 208 recipients. Reasons for removal included bleeding, weight gain, and headache, and were consistent with those found in the clinical trials. Prior satisfaction with oral contraceptives did not predict success or failure with Norplant implants. The rate of follow-up visits to the family planning clinics was low. However, evidence exists that these women did not lose contact with the medical center and continued to receive health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-564
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994


  • Norplant implants
  • follow-up
  • high-risk population
  • removal rates
  • side effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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