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Non-contraceptive applications of the levonorgestrel intrauterine system

Authors Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Philip D Darney

Published Date April 2010 Volume 2010:2 Pages 63—68

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S6344

Published 29 April 2010

Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Philip D Darney

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco General Hospital and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Abstract: Intrauterine progestins have many important current and potential gynecologic applications. This article describes the evidence for use of intrauterine progestin for common gynecologic conditions beyond its important role in contraception. The pharmacology of and selection criteria for use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device is discussed, and the evidence for use of intrauterine progestin delivery for menorrhagia, endometriosis management, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis and endometrial hyperplasia is reviewed.
Keywords: intrauterine progestin, levonorgestrel, contraceptive

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