... because ive lost a lot of weight (i weigh105) and it looks like its going to pop through my skin and it hurts all the time. is this something the manufacturer will cover or do I have to pay out of pocket? (thats $350 Id like to spend elsewhere!)'
It is not unusual to begin having periods after the first year the implant was put in. Hormone levels begin to slowly decline-not enough for pregnancy to occur but enough that you may begin having periods again. These periods may be irregular, popping up here and there, or they may come every month. I have never heard of RePlanon nor could I find it listed anywhere on here or even when I googled so I dont think the name is Replanon-I can find only Implanon and Nexplanon and both are to be implanted subdermally which is just under the skin (in the fatty layer that lies under the skin but on top of the muscle. You dont want these implants in or under muscle. If you lost weight, that decreases the fatty subdermal layer and will make the implant more noticeable) Pain at the site is very common with these devices. It is not unusual for them to be painful when you palpate (touch over and around them). It is still working though. Having a period is NOT a sign that it is not working. As I said above, most women find that they have no periods the first year and may start getting them again during the second year. Once inserted subdermally, the release rate is 60 to 70 mcg/day by Week 5 to 6 and decreases to approximately 35 to 45 mcg/day at the end of the first year, to approximately 30 to 40 mcg/day at the end of the second year, and then to approximately 25 to 30 mcg/day at the end of the third year. So as the release rate comes down, you may begin to see periods again. It shouldnt pop through your skin if you leave it alone. It may look that way but these are very soft and flexible. It is going to appear to be closer to the skin surface because you lost weight and the fatty layer under the skin is not a thick as it was when you were heavier. If the pain is really bothersome, you can have it removed but you will pay for it just the same as you would having it removed when the time is up on the implant. It is actually better that you can see it than if you can NOT see it! If you have insurance call your insurance company customer service number and see if it is a covered benefit. (Pull out your user card they gave you when it was implanted and check the name because I wasnt able to find "RePlanon" anywhere) It may be covered under your health insurance or it may be covered under your pharmacy benefits so check with both. If the worry is that it is not working, leave it in, it is working. If it is the pain that is bothering you, you will have to decide if it is bothersome enough to have it removed. It is okay that you can see it. It is just more noticeable because of the weight that you lost. If you are worried, have a Dr look at it to be sure rather than just automatically opting to have it removed.
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