Friday 15 December 2017
The Fertility Control Clinic supports the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices – Implanon NXT® and Mirena®
The Fertility Control Clinic supports the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices, namely Implanon NXT® and Mirena®. These LARC devices have been proven to be safe, effective, reliable and cost-effective contraceptive alternatives.
On Tuesday 12 December, the ABC 7.30 Program aired a story on Implanon NXT® and Mirena® which alarmed and created unnecessary worry for Australian women. The story focused on the rare risks and complications of the devices and did not balance the reporting with the many benefits that have been documented. The Fertility Control Clinic received many telephone calls from distressed patients that required reassuring that their LARC devices were safe.
Every medicine and medical device has risks and complications and they need to be balanced with the benefits that they will provide to patients. Independent information about Implanon NXT® and Mirena® can be found on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website. The TGA is the regulatory body that assesses and monitors all medicines and medical devices in Australia to ensure they are safe and of a high quality. Patients who are concerned about Implanon NXT® and Mirena® after seeing the report on TV can visit the TGA’s website to read the Consumer Medicine Information on these products and locate reliable safety data.
At the Fertility Control Clinic we ensure our patients are equipped with all the information they need to make an informed decision about their health care treatment e.g. Patient Information Sheets; Risks and Complications; Rights and Responsibilities. We listen to our patients and work with them to ensure their health care needs and preferences are met. Patient requesting a LARC device have a medical examination including a pregnancy test to exclude pregnancy. A medical check-up is always recommended to assess the LARC and patient satisfaction after insertion.
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