Users' perspectives on implantable contraceptives for women

Contraception. 2002 Jan;65(1):107-11. doi: 10.1016/s0010-7824(01)00281-5.


Users of subdermal contraceptive implants report long duration of use, convenience, and high efficacy as liked features and bleeding irregularities, weight loss/gain, and headaches as disliked effects of these methods. Satisfied users tend to be women who do not experience side effects or women who value positive features and tolerate the side effects. Satisfaction of the users is also closely related to quality of services. Service delivery problems, such as lack of proper pre-insertion counseling, inadequacy in number and imbalance in the geographical distribution of providers who can insert and remove implants, and appropriately manage side effects have been observed in new programs. Insensitivity of some providers to side-effects, such as bleeding irregularities, and to requests for removal have caused user dissatisfaction and serious public concern. Care must be taken to provide implants in a context of high quality of care with adequate numbers and distribution of trained providers and a basic record-keeping and tracking system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraceptive Agents, Female / adverse effects
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female / economics
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female / therapeutic use*
  • Counseling
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Device Removal
  • Drug Implants
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Levonorgestrel / adverse effects
  • Levonorgestrel / economics
  • Levonorgestrel / therapeutic use*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Time Factors


  • Contraceptive Agents, Female
  • Drug Implants
  • Levonorgestrel