Administration of the etonogestrel contraceptive implant on the day of mifepristone for medical abortion: A pilot study

Sarita Sonalkar, Melody Hou, Lynn Borgatta

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Objective We sought to determine satisfaction and continuation rates of the contraceptive implant when placed on the initial visit for first-trimester medical abortion. Study Design In this pilot study, we placed the implant within 15 min of mifepristone administration. We assessed satisfaction with implant placement timing, 1-year implant continuation and abortion completion. Results We enrolled 20 participants. Sixteen (80%) returned for follow-up, and all had complete abortion. At 1 year, of 16 participants contacted, 14 (87.5%) were satisfied with implant insertion timing, and 14 (87.5%) continued the implant. Conclusions Initiation of the contraceptive implant on the initial visit for medical abortion resulted in high satisfaction and continuation rates. Implications This pilot study provides important groundwork for future larger studies to assess initiation of the contraceptive implant on the day of mifepristone for medical abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-673
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2013



  • First-trimester abortion
  • Long-acting reversible contraception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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