I've been on implanon 3 years and it was supposed to be removed in September I thought it lasted 5?
- 15 Nov 2012 by AmyQuarl09
- implanon, pregnancy, insurance
Years and recently found out its only 3 I don't have the money or insurance to get it removed really what I'm worried about is could I be pregnant I'm realizing I'm having symptoms the same as with my 1st child before I blew it off thinking I'm just sick I'm on birth control that's highly effective but now I wonder please help me
15 Nov 2012
You might be. It might work a little past its time to be changed, but you can't count on that. I would use another method of birth control until you get it changed. You might want to do a pregnancy test.
15 Nov 2012
You need to do a pregnancy test because if you ARE pregnant, you need to get the Implanon out! It may not have enough hormones to prevent pregnancy but you still dont want to expose the child to anything. If your 3 years were up in September, there IS a possiblity you are pregnant. I would be sure to use an alternative method of birth control (condoms) until you either find out if you are pregnant or until you can get another Implanon inserted or start another form of birth control. Check around to see if there is any kind of a county clinic in your area. Many places have birth control clinics that offer free or low cost birth control and you may be able to get care there. That would be your best bet. You need to get the Implanon removed whether or not you are pregnant.
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If you are, you dont want to expose the child any more than you have already (studies havent shown any adverse effects but it is always best not to expose a developing baby to anything you dont have to) If you are not pregnant, you still need to get it removed because the longer it is left in the more complicated the removal can be plus you either want to have another placed or to get on an alternative method like the pill or whatever you decide. In the meantime, use condoms and spermicide because the Implanon isnt putting enough hormones into your sytem to prevent pregnancy. If you dont have access to a county clinic, try calling around to the gynecologists in your area. I'm sure someone will be willing to work with you and allow you to make payments or something.
20 Nov 2012
It is very likely that you can be pregnant if not taking another form of bc.. My 3 years ran out oct 6th and I just got it removed today (nov 19th) but with no intercourse (hubby deployed) between the two dates.. That being said; I had no period for 3 years and even though the implanon was still in my arm, on nov 10th I started (light brown) for the first time.. Even though its still in your arm you can experience symptoms like pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that are occurring because its no longer working... BUT... You have GOT to get that thing out of your arm ASAP!!! Being a month after my 3 year mark my dr wasn't happy and I had to get some tissue cut that the implanon was embedded in... The dr mentioned a previous patient that took her an hour to remove the implanon because it got embedded in the woman's muscle (ouch!!) plus the "Internet" says after the 3 year mark it's more likely to break which will mean an actual surgery to remove.. So be careful and take a test to rule out pregnancy :) hope this helps!!
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