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Title: Monthly injectable contraceptive use by adolescents in Brazil: evaluation of clinical aspects
Authors: Guazzelli, Cristina Aparecida Falbo [UNIFESP]
Jacobucci, Maria Silvia Bortolotti de Mello [UNIFESP]
Barbieri, Marcia
Araujo, Fabio Fernando
Moron, Antonio Fernades
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: adolescents
injectable contraceptive
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2007
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Contraception. New York: Elsevier B.V., v. 76, n. 1, p. 45-48, 2007.
Abstract: Purpose: This prospective noncomparative observational study evaluated the clinical symptoms, body weight and blood pressure of 38 adolescents receiving a monthly injectable contraceptive containing estradiol valerate 5 mg and norethisterone 50 mg.Methods: the volunteers, aged 16-19 years, were examined monthly during I year and asked about the following symptoms at baseline: dysmenorrhea, headache, breast tenderness, leg pain and irritability.Results: There was a constant and gradual decline in each of the above symptoms over time, and there was a statistically significant difference between symptoms reported at the first visit and subsequent appointments. Body weight and blood pressure did not change significantly during the 1-year period. No pregnancies were observed.Conclusion: These findings suggest that monthly injectable contraception with estradiol valerate 5 mg/noyethisterone 50 mg represents a highly effective and well-tolerated contraceptive for teens. (c) 2007 Published by Elsevier Inc.
ISSN: 0010-7824
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