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What are the restrictions on the use of Implanon for overweight women? #151/8
I am a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota and I have a dilemma.

I have a 26 year-old patient. who wants Implanon but weighs 241 lbs. and has a BMI of 42. My impression is that the research doesn't include the morbidly obese population of women who might want this method.

What are your thoughts? Thank you!

I am not aware of restrictions on the use of Implanon for a woman who is overweight.


       The World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria gives obesity a “1” for implants (see page A3 of Managing Contraception).


To access information from the World Health Organization website, go to: http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/ or http://www.worldhealthorgainzation.com


            From whom did you hear otherwise?



Key Words:  Implanon, weight, BMI, research, morbidly obese population, method, World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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