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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Norplant (Overview)

Norplant is a women's health and pregnancy agent.


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Can you tell me what is norplant (levonorgestrel)?

Can you tell me what is norplant (levonorgestrel)?

No longer available: Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available anymore in the United States. There is a similar device called implanon. It is a thin, small cylindrical structure that is easily inserted under your skin. It lasts for three years. It has no estrogen in it. It is 99% effective. It can be associated with irregular bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Norplant (Overview)

Norplant is a women's health and pregnancy agent.


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

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

Similar, but: Norplant, (levonorgestrel) a 5 year contraceptive implant that consisted of six flexible hormone containing rods, is no longer available. Implanon is a single flexible implant that works for three years, and is currently available. ...Read more

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I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

Yes: Implanon/nexplanon uses a single rod instead of 6 and is highly efective contraception for 3 years instead of 5. Otherwise the side effects are about the same as norplant (levonorgestrel). It is easier to insert and usually easier to remove. ...Read more

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Can norplant (levonorgestrel) cause long term side effects or permanent medical problems years after it has been removed?

Can norplant (levonorgestrel) cause long term side effects or permanent medical problems years after it has been removed?

No: There are no known long term health issues from norplant (levonorgestrel). It was removed due to a lack of sales and doctors finding it difficult to remove. It was not removed because of safety. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is norplant (levonorgestrel)?

No longer available: Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available anymore in the United States. There is a similar device called implanon. It is a thin, small cylindrical structure that is easily inserted under your skin. It lasts for three years. It has no estrogen in it. It is 99% effective. It can be associated with irregular bleeding. ...Read more

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Is norplant (levonorgestrel) covered my us medical insurance?

Is norplant (levonorgestrel) covered my us medical insurance?

Norplant (levonorgestrel)? No: Norplant (levonorgestrel) was removed from the us market in 2002, so it is not even available. As for removal, some insurers, such as medicaid, cover removal while many do not. Check with your insurer. If you mean nexplanon, the recommendation is still the same. ...Read more

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

Similar, but: Norplant, (levonorgestrel) a 5 year contraceptive implant that consisted of six flexible hormone containing rods, is no longer available. Implanon is a single flexible implant that works for three years, and is currently available. ...Read more

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Why did the norplant (levonorgestrel) have a recall n january 2001 i got mine in 1997 was 17 when i got it?

Poor placement: The fda felt the training in placement was inadequate and removal frequently became a nightmare. It was 6 implants instead of the current nexplanon, 1 implant, with better required training, fewer complications. If yours was placed appropriately and easily removed, no problems. It was a good option for many. ...Read more

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Deos norplant (levonorgestrel) decrease your libido?

Usually not: In controlled studies the percentage of patients reporting a decreased libido on Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 1-2%. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Baumann
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Levonorgestrel (Definition)

Levonorgestrel is a progestin commonly used in oral contraceptives and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has ...Read more