Long-acting contraceptives offer couples the ability to increase compliance with a reliable method by decreasing its repetitive use. Though surgical sterilization is part of this group of contraceptive options, a number of reversible agents have been approved by the FDA over the past 15 years that have demonstrated a high degree of efficacy and patient tolerability. These include preparations or devices that can be administered either intramuscularly, subdermally, or inserted in the uterus.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267.
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