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FDA Approves Long-Term, Reversible Birth Control Method; Planned Parenthood Clinicians Will Be Trained This October to Provide Implanon

NEW YORK CITY — Following today's approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Implanon, a new implantable hormonal contraceptive for women, Planned Parenthood announced the launch of a nationwide program to train clinicians to provide the new birth control method.

"This method is great news for women who want long-term, reversible birth control and the freedom of not having to remember a pill every day," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America Vice President for Medical Affairs Vanessa Cullins, MD, MPH. "Planned Parenthood applauds this addition to the array of contraceptive choices for women. Clinicians in our health centers across the country will be trained to provide the new method and soon will start offering Implanon."

Implanon is a thin, matchstick-sized rod, called an implant. It is made of soft, plastic-like material and contains progestin. It is inserted beneath the skin of the arm and a very small amount of the hormone is released continuously to prevent pregnancy. It is effective for up to three years.

"Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (PPHSET) is excited about this new birth control option that we will soon offer our clients," said Dr. Paul Fine, medical director for PPHSET. "Implanon is a safe and effective birth control method for women throughout their reproductive lives. Implanon will enable women to prevent unintended pregnancy, to plan and space wanted pregnancies, or to provide reversible, long-term contraception as part of their basic health care."

Beginning in October, 85 Planned Parenthood affiliates will be trained in insertion and removal of the hormonal implant through an Organon-sponsored training program. Subsequent trainings will be held for the remaining affiliates in the winter. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 860 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Erin Kiernon, 202-973-4975
Andrea Hagelgans (646)-369-8617


May 11, 2014