Clinical and endocrinologic study of continuous levonorgestrel administration from subcutaneous solid polydimethylsiloxane rods

S RoyE Gentzschein


Three solid polydimethylsiloxane (Silastic) rods containing levonorgestrel were inserted into the subcutaneous tissue of the volar aspect of the forearm of 8 women. Serum samples were drawn three times a week for 2 months and weekly thereafter for 2 years in 3 of the subjects. The other subjects had serum drawn during the twelfth and last treatment months. Levonorgestrel, estradiol and progesterone were measured in all samples. The subject kept a bleeding record. In comparison to an earlier clinical trial in which 6 hollow capsules of Silastic filled with levonorgestrel were used, the 3 solid levonorgestrel-containing rods provided higher serum levels of levonorgestrel, fewer serum estradiol peaks, only a single episode of ovulation and better bleeding performance.

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