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clairbaire123
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So at a check up, I mentioned to one of the nurses that the nexplanon seems like it shifted a little, one end is "higher". So she took a pen and kinda outlined the nexplanon, drawing on my skin, and manipulated it a bit by touching it and pressing on it,shifting the skin around to make sure it was intact.

Was all of that ok to do with the nexplanon? It seemed kinda out there to me.

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Hi clairbaire123
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Did you express your concerns to the nurse? I'm wondering what makes you worry that a trained healthcare provider would do something in the course of responding to your question that would compromise the medication you're asking about. Can you fill me in on what makes you worried about this?

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Because I'm really slender the nexplanon is really palpable and obvious in my arm. So idk I guess I was worried that shifting it around and stuff and drawing on it it, it could break. But now that I'm saying it like that it seems kind of silly. I guess I just wanted a second opinion on if stuff like that could compromise it. Because I know different nurses have different methods and I wanted to ask
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Oh and this wasn't a nurse trained with the nexplanon or the obgyn! She was with my general health care provider and even said she wasn't too too familiar with the nexplanon.
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Even if that nurse wasn't familiar with your particular medication, she's still not going to do something that will compromise it. Don't forget, the implant has to withstand being in your body; it's not going to be super-fragile.

Next time you have a concern about something a healthcare provider is doing, though, please ask them about it, okay? You can ask nicely--in this case, just a "Do we have to be careful about palpating the implant, or is it okay?" would do.

Remember too that you didn't get any specific instructions on how to protect or care for the implant, and nothing this nurse was doing was anything more vigorous than what you'd do in daily activity.

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She just didnt have a very professional manner and I guess that's what made me question her methods. I politely asked "is it ok to do that to the nexplanon?" And she said "I guess so its under your skin"

Do you mean since its in my arm and already subject to various activities like bending and moving around and stuff, nothing the nurse did is out of the ordinary thus compromising it?

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I really don't think this is something to worry about; like Robin said, the implant has to be able to withstand some contact in order to be effective, and since you didn't get a list of things not to do when it was inserted, it's probably fine.

You could call the office where they did the insertion if you want, though; maybe it would be helpful for you to specifically ask if there are ways you can damage the implant by touching it. That way you will know, in the future, what sort of contact (if any) to avoid.

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They said it would take really severe trauma to do anything to break the nexplanon!
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Good to know!
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