Venous thromboembolism risk with non-oral hormonal contraceptives

By Suhair Shawar, PharmD, PGY2 EM Pharmacy Resident // Edited by Liz Rozycki, PharmD, Specialty Practice Pharmacist, EM

A 32 year-old female patient presented to the emergency department (ED) with shortness of breath and chest pain. Patient’s work up included ruling out pulmonary embolism (PE).  Otherwise healthy, the patient is currently on etonogestrel implant (Nexplanon®) for contraception. The clinical pharmacist in the ED was asked to help with literature search regarding thromboembolic risk associated with etonogestrel implant and other non-oral, hormonal contraceptive therapies

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