Gynefix: a UK experience


Geyoushi, B. E., Randall, S. and Stones, R. W. (2002) Gynefix: a UK experience. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 7, (1), 7-14.

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Description/Abstract

Objectives: To present the experience of family planning providers and clients in the UK with the GyneFix® intrauterine implant device.

Method: Audit of 138 GyneFix insertions at the Ella Gordon Family Planning Unit in Portsmouth, from 1997 to 1999.

Results: Of 138 attempts at GyneFix insertion, 134 were successful. Forty per cent were inserted in nulliparous women. The removal rate was 15%, half of which were due to unacceptable side-effects. The expulsion rate was 8% ranging over a period of a few days to 12 months after insertion. There were no reported perforations or accidental pregnancies with GyneFix in situ in this series. There were no reported pregnancies as a result of unnoticed expulsion.

Conclusions: The results obtained in this study are minimal estimates obtained from a retrospective analysis. The numbers are small but they are comparable to results reported from other family planning centers in the UK. Although GyneFix clearly has a useful role, there is a need for a large-scale prospective randomized study to establish the benefits and potential disadvantages of the GyneFix device.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1362-5187 (print)
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Keywords: contraception, intrauterine device, Gynefix
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Medical Education
ePrint ID: 37757
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37757

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