Ulipristal acetate for unscheduled bleeding in etonogestrel implant users a randomized controlled trial

Rachel E. Zigler, Tessa Madden, Caitlin Ashby, Leping Wan, Colleen McNicholas

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether ulipristal acetate reduces the number of bleeding days in etonogestrel implant users in a 30-day period as compared with placebo. METHODS: We performed a single-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Eligible participants were women aged 18-45 years with an etonogestrel implant in place for greater than 90 days and less than 3 years who reported greater than one bleeding episode in a 24-day period. Enrolled participants were randomized to receive 15 mg ulipristal acetate compared with an identical-appearing placebo daily for 7 days. Participants completed daily bleeding diaries using automated text messaging to evaluate whether ulipristal acetate reduces the number of bleeding days as compared with placebo. Secondary outcomes included participant satisfaction with bleeding and the effect of ulipristal acetate on ovulation status. A sample size of 52 per group (n5104) was planned, calculated with an effect size of a 30% reduction in bleeding days, SD of 10 days, and dropout of 15%. Our study was terminated early (N565) as a result of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration hold, but power was sufficient for analysis. The effect of ulipristal acetate on ovulatory potential was evaluated in a subset with weekly serum progesterone. RESULTS: From May 2017 to January 2018, 65 women were allocated to receive 15 mg ulipristal acetate (n532) or placebo (n533) daily for 7 days. Demographic characteristics were similar between groups. Women randomized to ulipristal acetate reported 5 fewer days of bleeding over a 30-day reference period after treatment (P5.002). At the conclusion of the 30-day follow-up period, women in the ulipristal acetate group were more satisfied with their bleeding profile than the placebo group (87.5% vs 60%, respectively; P,.001). Serum progesterone levels were nonovulatory in a subset of each group (placebo group range: Less than 0.2-1.3 ng/mL; ulipristal acetate group range: Less than 0.2-4.4 ng/mL). CONCLUSION: Ulipristal acetate is well-tolerated and reduced the number of bleeding days in etonogestrel implant users in our study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-894
Number of pages7
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume132
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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