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Who should use the levonorgestrel-releasing implant?

Women who have a known history of allergy to levonorgestrel should not use the levonorgestrel-releasing implant, nor should women who think they are already pregnant. Because the levonorgestrel-releasing implant may affect glucose tolerance, women with diabetes should be monitored closely. Women with a history of or current pelvic inflammatory disease, and those with an abnormal Pap smear or vaginal bleeding with no known cause, should not use the implant. Anyone with a vaginal infection should not use the implant until the infection is successfully treated. Women with liver disease or breast cancer should not use the implant. Any uterine disorders, including fibroids, rule out the use of the levonorgestrel-releasing implant. Women taking blood thinners, or those with hypertension, arterial disease, or heart disease, should use the levonorgestrel-releasing implant with caution, as there are particular risks associated with these conditions.

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