Bascially I got my implant fitted in July 2014 (due out 2/7/17) do its due to come out in just under 4 months but since December I've been having more or less periods (cramps for the first one in December were unbearable but I think that was because I hadn't had them in so long). The doctor said this was normal but I would still be as protected as before but it was just a sign I should have it out soon. However, since Saturday night (so 6 days) I have been experiencing fairly light brown bleeding which I automatically panicked thinking it was implantation bleeding however it has lasted 6 days now and I am still on the implant. I took numerous tests however Im irregular and took the tests 18 days after sex (so don't know if this is too early) but all came out negative. I'm just wondering if this bleeding is normal as I can't find anything else on light brown bleeding apart from implantation bleeding and its stressing me out! The issue is when I put a tampon in the bleeding seems heavier 'up there' but just not much in my knickers (sorry if TMI). Advice pleaseeee D: Is this normal or should I be worried about pregnancy?
Darker blood indicates it's older versus very red blood - it also indicates the blood originated higher up in your body and had to travel to be expelled, this giving it time to turn brown. It could be from the Nexplanon or it could indicate an infection or other potential issue - the main thing about light irregular bleeding is the smell. If it's rancid or fishy it indicates an infection and your doctor would need to see you. Also, you should not use tampons if you suspect infection as this can make the problem worse by keeping the the infected blood inside you longer.
If you decide to wait a while longer because there isn't a smell to indicate infection, you may find it simply stops on its own. Since your doctor already mentioned you need to have the NexPlanon removed soon, you may check in with your latest symptoms in case the doctor thinks it needs to come out right away.
It seems you are already worried it may be pregnancy related so a simple pregnancy test may help put your mind at ease and is the best way to know if your pregnant - if I correctly interpreted your question then you've had multiple negative test results already so it seems that's not the issue, but you mentioned taking them 18 days after sexual intercourse, so it's important you buy the correct test type based on timing (your pharmacist can direct you to the appropriate test if your uncertain).
Even women who aren't on birth control may experience times of irregular bleeding and it's not necessarily anything to worry about unless it's persistent, causes great pain, smells rancid, etc
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