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Could I be pregnant since my Implanon expired in January, but I have not yet had it removed? #312/11

My Implanon expired on January 31st (it’s now March 26th) and I still have it in because it’s expensive to remove and I'm broke at the moment (getting it removed soon though).


In the last 2 weeks I have: been urinating much more often, felt pressure in my uterus, have an increased sense of smell, had multiple foods flavor be "off", very, very sore breasts, and I just "feel pregnant". This would be my second child and it would have probably been conceived on the 10th of March. I have taken three $1 tests from the dollar store (the same type of test the health department gives).  All of them have been negatives, although the one from this morning had a very, very slight coloring in the pregnant space (only it was yellow, not pink like it should have been). I am wondering if it’s probable that I am pregnant. 


I should add that during my use of Implanon I had 2 periods plus spotting a month and it has now been 23 days since the beginning of my last period and I have already ovulated. I'm one of those lucky few that can feel the egg traveling during ovulation.


Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions.


 

Your Implanon implant is effective for 4 full years according to 3 published articles. 

 

                                           

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One thing to keep in mind, your Implanon is effective for 4 not 3 years, so you need not take contraception into consideration at all.  You do not need YAZ at all to prevent pregnancy.  Why not leave Implanon in place for most of the next year?

 

My Implanon implant is already 3 years old but I cannot have a new one inserted until September.  Can I use a backup contraceptive until that time and be protected?

 

Q:        I have the Implanon implant and it is due for removal on July 8, 2010.  However, I have booked a holiday and cannot get to the doctor until September 8, 2010.  Is it okay to use alternative methods of contraception or abstain until my implant is reinserted on the 9th of September?

 


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Your Implanon implant is effective for 4 full years according to 3 published articles. 

 

                                                
One thing to keep in mind, your Implanon is effective for 4, not 3 years, so you need not take contraception into consideration at all.  You do not need YAZ at all to prevent pregnancy.  Why not leave Implanon in place for most of the next year?

See my answers to others reprinted below:

Q: My Implanon is already 3 years old, but I cannot have a new one inserted until September.  Can I use a backup contraceptive until that time and be protected?

Q:   I have the Implanon implant and it is due for removal on July 8, 2010.  However, I have booked a holiday and cannot get to the doctor until September 8, 2010.  Is it okay to use allernative methods of contraception or abstain until my implant is reinserted on the 9th of September?

Although definitely not formally approved for more than 3 years, none of the 240 women in the 3 reported studies of Implanon use in the 4th year after insertion became pregnant.  (Chapter by Dr. Elizabeth Raymond in the 20th edition of Contraceptive Technology).


A:  It is looking more and more as though Implanon is effective for 4 years.  Isn’t this good news?

So you can use a backup contraceptive until your new Implanon implant is inserted and feel quite certain that you are protected.

 

 

To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the Implanon implant, go to our website: www.managingcontraception.com and click on Choices.  You can also order this wonderful new educational book from our website or by calling 404-875-5001.  Do you have your copy yet?       

                                                 

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Posted 3-31-2011, Updated 4-8-2011

 

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
---2011-04-8

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