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The contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT) is one of the most effective contraceptives available. Along with the hormonal and copper IUDs, it is classified as Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) which are recommended as first-line options for all people choosing to use contraception. SHQ wish to alert clinicians to important updated information about Implanon NXT procedures following an update of the product information in January 2020.
These changes have been made to avoid the large blood vessels and nerves within and around the sulcus between biceps and triceps and reflect published research https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2019.02.007
The key updates:
Videos demonstrating the correct procedure techniques are available online at www.implanonnxtvideos.com
Although this advice has not changed, we remind you that for implant removals that the incision should be parallel to the implant at the distal end, and not perpendicular.
All clinicians are strongly advised to undergo Implanon NXT training prior to performing procedures. Training is available at SHQ.