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iamabagel
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I've been using the Paragard for about 3 years now and I have no complaints. I have a heart arrhythmia that gets worse around my period and my cardiologist suggested I go on a continuous birth control like Implanon to prevent the hormone fluctuations. Since I paid a lot of money for the Paragard insertion and would have to pay for the removal, I would like to keep it if I am able too (an the extra pregnancy prevention isn't a downer, either). Even though it's non-hormonal, could it somehow mess with the mucous thickening or something?
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This is something to talk with your cardiologist about. I don't know of any reason why this would be a problem, but the physician treating you is the best person to discuss this with and that's a discussion you need to have with them.

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I'll talk to my gyn about it when the appointment comes [Smile]
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I'd actually suggest your cardiologist is the better person to discuss this with -- unless you can talk to both, because yay! -- than your GYN.

That's because the implant won't interfere with the Paraguard working, but because you have a heart issue, what the main concern would be, in my book, is if using both puts you at higher risks of the cardiovascular risks all hormonal methods can have.

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birth control doesn't affect my arrhythmia, especially the no-estrogen kind. My cardiologist has already talked about the heart effects with me. The main risk with that is high blood pressure and mine stays on the low side from the beta blockers I take for the arrhythmia. I will still bring this up with my gyn, though.
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Also, I heard that the failure rate on implanon is only .05% and many of those women were either pregnant before the insertion, it was inserted wrong, or they had unprotected sex before it became effective. Is that true?
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Implanon is very highly effective, yes, and failure is usually about one of those three things happening. One thing to keep in mind about Implanon though is that it may not have the effect you're hoping for: while some women do stop having periods entirely on Implanon, others do not, so that's something to consider and talk to your gyn about.

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Thanks for responding! That's reassuring. How do you know it's placed correctly? Do you just feel that it's there or does it have to be in a specific way? I'll keep the chance of it not taking away my periods in mind. It's just one of those wait and see things I guess [Razz]

I found a link to an actual study of the failure rates and the implanon just looks more awesome!

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001078240400294X

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When it's been inserted, the doctor will ask you to feel it for yourself, so that you know it's there. Other than that, there's no specific way it has to be in, although because of the insertion procedure the placement is pretty standard from person to person. (Mine is actually visible, but it was placed very shallowly, which isn't the case for everyone.)

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