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sacred_avarice
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In February of 2010 I went ahead and had Implanon implanted in my arm as a means of controlling my very heavy, very painful periods. I was not sexually active at the time of implant, had not been for over a year, and continued to remain so until July of this year. I have had the same partner since then, and after trust developed between us, we ditched condoms and have been solely relying on my implant. I am 24 and he is 29, if that helps any.

I've done a bit of research on the implant, and because of a recent turn of events where I no longer have any periods, but am having some symptoms of pregnancy, I wanted to know what the realistic failure rate of the Implanon is. My boyfriend is now skeptical of it, even after a negative pregnancy test, and I would like to have some more information to reassure him that I am unlikely pregnant and unlikely to become so. (Also I am going to retest at the end of this week because I am skeptical that it may have failed.)

Any information would be helpful, it doesn't seem I can find any exact numbers of failure rates on the internet, nor have any empirical articles appeared in the last few years, now that it has been used in the field. I'm kind of at a loss. I appreciate the time you are taking to help, thank you.

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Robin Lee
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HI There sacred_avarice,

This article has the numbers you're looking for:

the Contraceptive Implant (Implanon)

Pregnancy tests are known to be accurate two or more weeks after a suspected risk, or when a period hasn't shown up when expected.

Since you have become sexually active, have you gone to your GP or gynecologist to start your sexual healthcare?

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sacred_avarice
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Oh yeah, I go regularly and get all of my tests, etc. I actually wanted to be a sex therapist, so it's not anything I take lightly.

Thanks for the link. [Smile]

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Robin Lee
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You're welcome.

I hope that information is helpful.

Please let us know if you need anything else.

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