Contraceptive Pearl: Implant Removal: Pop Out Technique

Implant removal can be significantly more difficult than insertion. The “pop-out” or “fingers only” implant removal technique requires less anesthesia and a smaller incision and causes less swelling than removal with instruments. This video made by Debbie Bamberger, a lead clinician at Planned Parenthood of Northern California and trainer for the non-profit Upstream USA, provides a great training opportunity for both new learners and experienced clinicians. While it is important to know how to use tools for tricky removals, the pop-out method is easier and less intrusive in most cases.


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Helpful Resources

Progestin Implant Fact Sheet

Progestin Implant User Guide

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