Five-Year Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of a Levonorgestrel 52-mg Intrauterine System

Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jan;133(1):63-70. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003034.


Objective: To assess the 5-year contraceptive efficacy and safety of a levonorgestrel (LNG) 52-mg intrauterine system (IUS) from an ongoing 10-year phase 3 contraceptive trial.

Methods: Study investigators enrolled 1,751 nulliparous and parous females aged 16-45 years and desiring contraception to receive a novel LNG 52-mg IUS at 29 centers in the United States, including reproductive health clinics, private offices, and university centers. Participants had scheduled follow-up visits four times during the first year. After year 1, study visits occurred every 6 months, with phone contact at the 3-month point between visits. We assessed the primary outcome of pregnancy rate (Pearl Index) in females aged 16-35 years at enrollment through 60 months. The safety evaluation included all females for their entire duration of participation.

Results: The 1,751 enrollees included 1,600 females aged 16-35 years and 151 aged 36-45 years. Successful IUS placement occurred in 1,714 (97.9%) participants. At the time of the data evaluation, 495 participants finished 5 years and 176 had entered the seventh year of IUS use. Nine pregnancies occurred, six of which were ectopic. The Pearl Indices for years 1 and 5 were 0.15 (95% CI 0.02-0.55) and 0.20 (95% CI 0.01-1.13) pregnancies per 100 women-years, respectively. The cumulative life-table pregnancy rate was 0.92% (0.46-1.82%) through 5 years. Participants aged 16-35 years at enrollment were significantly more likely to report new or worsening acne, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, and dysmenorrhea; participants aged 36-45 years at enrollment were more likely to report new or worsening weight increase. Discontinuation for adverse events occurred in 322 (18.8%) participants, most commonly related to expulsion (n=65 [3.8%]). Only 39 (2.2%) IUS users discontinued as a result of bleeding symptoms. Pelvic infection was diagnosed in 14 (0.8%) participants.

Conclusion: This LNG 52-mg IUS is highly effective and safe over 5 years of use in U.S. females.

Clinical trial registration:, NCT00995150.

Funding source: Medicines360.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female / adverse effects*
  • Dysmenorrhea / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intrauterine Devices, Medicated / adverse effects*
  • Levonorgestrel / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Rate
  • United States
  • Young Adult


  • Contraceptive Agents, Female
  • Levonorgestrel

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