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Contraceptive Alert After Women Fall Pregnant

Hundreds of women have become pregnant due to Implanon, a long-term contraceptive implant, being improperly inserted. A total of 584 women have reported unwanted pregnancies, and all in all, more than 1,600 women have complained about the device, largely concerning adverse reactions such as scarring and other problems.

Implanon is about the size of a matchstick and is inserted in the inside upper arm. It contains synthetic progesterone.

Reuters reports:

"But the plastic tube, which can be inserted by doctors and nurses, were implanted too deeply or became dislodged in some cases ... About 1.4 million women have used Implanon during the past 12 years."

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