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Int J Womens Health. 2010 Aug 9;2:63-8.

Non-contraceptive applications of the levonorgestrel intrauterine system.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco General Hospital and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

Intrauterine progestins have many important current and potential gynecologic applications. This article describes the evidence for use of intrauterine progestin for common gynecologic conditions beyond its important role in contraception. The pharmacology of and selection criteria for use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device is discussed, and the evidence for use of intrauterine progestin delivery for menorrhagia, endometriosis management, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis and endometrial hyperplasia is reviewed.

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contraceptive; intrauterine progestin; levonorgestrel

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21072298
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PMC2971721
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