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I had an implanon in my left arm which was due for removal

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I had an implanon in my left arm which was due for removal in September but in July I went in for it to be removed but the the surgeon couldn't find it. He requested for an ultrasound and an x-ray but still couldn't detect it either. The last option was an MRI scan which the result couldn't detect any foreign tissues in my left arm. Am very worried now because I don't know if I might have any complications in the future. The problem is if it can not be detected, then where is the implanon. Am I safe to have an unprotected sex with my partner? What is the implications if its still in my body after the due date. I am really scared.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

welcome to the chat

Dr. Natasha :

are you still there

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

yes

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

Yes I am here

Dr. Natasha :

Sadly enough, implanon has been known to go missing

Dr. Natasha :

It just migrates and sometimes they can never find it

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

yes

Dr. Natasha :

it is not dangerous, but it means that you may not be protected after the removal date

Dr. Natasha :

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/09/06/implantable-birth-control-known-to-go-missing/

Dr. Natasha :

Although safe for women even if lost, they might not be able to conceive until the device is either located and removed, or until the hormone runs out, which can be up to a few years.

Dr. Natasha :

did you see that

Dr. Natasha :

you are NOT safe to have unprotected sex with your partner unless you want to get pregnant

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

Ok well am not thinking of having kids now as I already have two, but my worries is the maybe in the near future I might decide to have one more

Dr. Natasha :

well, it may take a little while to get pregnant

Dr. Natasha :

that is the only problem

Dr. Natasha :

if you want to protect yourself, then you may want to use protection

Dr. Natasha :

but if you want to get pregnant, you can have sex now

Dr. Natasha :

you just cannot rely on it for birth control now

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

If you say it can be missing, where can it go and is it a common issue for it to go missing in women.

Dr. Natasha :

usually it migrates around the fatty tissue

Dr. Natasha :

it may have worked its way out of the skin

Dr. Natasha :

anything can really happen

Dr. Natasha :

it could have migrated into the torso

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

The consultant suggested that i go back to my GP to check my hormones

Dr. Natasha :

agreed

Dr. Natasha :

that way they can see if it is still there and continue to look fot it

Dr. Natasha :

just remember, this is not DANGEROUS to you at all. it is just inconvenient. :-(

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

But you are certainly sure that not removing the implanon has no medical implications on my health right?

Dr. Natasha :

positive

Dr. Natasha :

It will just stop working eventually

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

Thanks very much doctor my mind is now at rest

Dr. Natasha :

you are welcome

Dr. Natasha :

did I provide you with excellent service?

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

Yes very happy with the information received

Dr. Natasha :

great

Dr. Natasha :

will check in with you in 2 weeks to see how you are doing

JACUSTOMER-022bt1cf- :

Good night

Dr. Natasha :

you too!

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