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A 33-year-old member asked:

Implanon etogestrel & norplant (levonorgestrel) levorgestrel what are the difference?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Impla3yrs/norpla/5rs: Implanon can not be left in for more than 3years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) can be left in for 5 years.Both are reversible and can be removed at any time doctors may consider earlier replacement of implant in heavier women. Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available in us since july2002 Implanon is the only implanted contraceptive available in us at this time.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between implanon and norplant (levonorgestrel)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 36 years experience
Type of Progestin: Both rely on a different synthetic progestin. Implanon is one rod that lasts 3 years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 6 rods that lasted 5 years. Both need surgical implantation and need to be surgically removed when they expire. Both can unbalance hormones and cause problems with weight gain etc due to that effect.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2014
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