Hi, I had an Implanon implant fitted 3 years and 2 months ago I went to have it changed. The gynachologist told me it has been put in far too deep and probably can't be removed. He said I could just leave it in and have another one put it on top. He said it would do me no harm to leave it in place. I have read they have to come out, but am not sure why.
Can you advise so I can decide what to do. I don't want to have to mess about with it unless my health is at serious risk if I just leave it in. Can I have another fitted as well or will I be overdosing? It is 3 years and 2 months old now.
When Implanon is inserted deep into the arm, it may prove to be very difficult to remove. However, removal can almost always be accomplished. You will need to find the right person who has had experience removing implants.
Your current implant remains effective for 4 years.
Having a second implant would not be dangerous. Implants are very low-dose methods of contraception.
Your current implant will not come out on its own.
You are using the most effective contraceptive ever developed.
After telling you the above, what are your thoughts this Thursday morning?
Thanks and good luck.
Her reply on 5-24: “None of the removal procedures are covered by my medical insurance and I really can’t afford to pay privately (I live in Portugal). I also don’t fancy having anything done in a State Portuguese hospital. So, I really would like to leave it alone if it won’t harm my health by doing so (certainly for the time being). If things chance financially, I may be able to afford to have the MRI scan and surgery, but not at the moment.
So, can I tell my partner it’s covering me until next April? Then, if I decide, could I just have another fitted and leave this one well alone? I live on my own and cannot risk anything going wrong in surgery, as I have nobody here who can look after me.
I read it can cause fertility problems, ectopic pregnancy and a drug related episode, but I have no idea what that is.
Thanks for your help!”
RAH’s reply 5-24: Leaving the implant alone sounds like the way to go and for the present time a second implant is not necessary. It works for 4 years. Please do keep me posted.
Now, June 25th, what have you decided to do?
Her email reply on 6-25: “I went to see my general practitioner (who used to work in the gynecological department) and he said to leave the implant in place as well. So, I will have the other one put in, but will leave it a little longer, as this one has been in since April 2009.
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posted 6-2-2012, Updated 6-25-2012, Updated 6-30-2012