Original Research

Women’s perceptions with use of Implanon® contraceptive device at a primary healthcare facility in KwaZulu-Natal

Lucky N. Mgobhozi, Gugu G. Mchunu, Pretty Mbeje
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 28 | a2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2016 | © 2023 Lucky N. Mgobhozi, Gugu G. Mchunu, Pretty Mbeje | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 March 2022 | Published: 20 October 2023

About the author(s)

Lucky N. Mgobhozi, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, uMthatha, South Africa; and, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, University of Zululand, eMpangeni, South Africa
Gugu G. Mchunu, Faculty of Health Sciences, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa; and, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Pretty Mbeje, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Early 2014, subdermal contraceptive implant was introduced in South Africa, Implanon® NXT, aiming to expand the method mix, increase effectiveness and availability to long-acting contraceptives. The initial uptake was extremely high, but concerns have been raised with treatment failure and high number of removals reported.

Aim: The study focuses on describing women’s perceptions with use of Implanon® at a primary health care (PHC) facility in KwaZulu-Natal.

Setting: This study was conducted at a selected primary health care (PHC) facility in KwaZulu-Natal.

Methods: A quantitative, descriptive study design was used. Through purposive sampling, a sample of 60 women from 15 to 50 years old were recruited. Data were gathered through a structured questionnaire and analysed using SPSS 24 software.

Results: Study findings show that slightly above half of respondents, 32 or 58.1% expressed satisfaction towards the implant, 20 or 40.9% had stopped using the implant as a result of its major implications. It was found that an edge above half of respondents continued using the implant 28 or 50.9%, while close to half had abandoned it (27 or 49.1%). Some respondents reported that they were experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding and low sex drive as serious unwanted side effects forcing them to stop using Implanon®.

Conclusion: Side-effects and poor screening, counselling and support are major reasons for early removal. It is imperative to develop an effective screening tool and to re-train healthcare workers on Implanon® NXT.

Contributions: This article contributes to increase awareness of women’s perceptions about Implanon® contraceptive.


Keywords

Implanon®; contraception; perceptions; family planning; primary healthcare

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