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clairbaire123
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Can you please correct me if Im wrong but I was under the impression that diarrhea/vomiting does NOT affect the efficacy Nexplanon because it does not go through the stomach? I tried to ask my nurse but she kinda laughed at me and I felt embarrassed to ask again.
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No, it does not. That's really only something you have to concern yourself with with oral medications.

(I'm sorry to hear you got a laugh as a response to an earnest question to a healthcare provider, too. [Frown] )

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clairbaire123
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I asked her and she said "Uhh its in your arm" then laughed at me. It made me so hesitant to ask her anything else [Frown]

So is the implant a good choice for people suffering from Crohns disease and IBS? The disease and IBS wont affect the implant?

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Robin Lee
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I'm sorry to hear you got a laugh...I think Heather already answered your question in the post above your latest one.

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clairbaire123
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So theres no difference between diarrhea, say from food poisoning or the stomach flu, and the diarrhea of Crohns diease and IBS? or is it that because Crohns disease and IBS is a disease of the stomach/intestines and the Implant doesn't have anything to do with the stomach and intestines so it wont affect the implant?
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Robin Lee
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The latter: The digestive system is only involved if the birth control has to make its way into the body through the digestive system, which the implant does not.

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Oh so the path, ring and implant would all be ok?
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Robin Lee
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If you wanted to choose a contraceptive method that didn't enter your body by way of the digestive system, all options other than the pill would be potential options for you.

[ 04-11-2013, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: Robin Lee ]

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clairbaire123
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My nexplanon pinches slightly sometimes so I'd have to adjust it, like feel for the ends of the implant with my thumb and pointer finger and squeeze the implant slightly and raise it with my two fingers and shift it. Im wondering if its ok to do that, squeeze it and adjust it. By doing so I cover the ends/sides of the implant with my skin and . I would ask my healthcare provider but they just make me really uncomfortable.

I know the rod secretes hormones and if I pinch the ends of the nexplanon between the two fingers, do I mess that up somehow?

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Karybu
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Touching or squeezing the implant won't change its effectiveness. If it's frequently uncomfortable for you though, it would be a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider about it. I know you're not comfortable with the one you've been seeing - is there another clinic you could visit to ask about this?

(It might just be that the area around the implant is still healing, and that's why you're having some discomfort. But it never hurts to check.)

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Im not sure what your policy is on urls here on scarleteen but I thought it best to show what I meant by squeezing the implant, just in case! I apologize if I went about this the wrong way!

http://staminalaura.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/nexplanon.jpeg

Its only uncomfortable sometimes when I lift weights or heavy objects and it pinches. Im going to check if I can call another planned parenthood when they're open!

Just so I understand, touching and squeezing, like you said, doesnt affect effectiveness at all?

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Karybu
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Again, touching or squeezing the implant will not change its effectiveness, no matter how you do it. If you want a second opinion, though, asking a healthcare provider is the way to go.

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I see, thank you! They told me that the only time I should be concerned is when the area is red, inflamed, warm, painful or swollen. I just wasnt sure if this was something that was common sense and a trivial thing to bring up, especially since the last time I asked them a question, they kinda acted like I was slow to even ask that sort of question. Thats why I dont want to ask them another question and I trust what you're telling me, thank you! The effectiveness rates wouldnt be so high if touching or squeezing the implant would cause it to fail, I assume.
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I'm sorry the healthcare provider you've been seeing isn't responding well to your questions. But, they're correct that the only reason you would need to be concerned about the implant is when there is a sign of infection (like swelling, redness, constant pain). And you're right, the effectiveness rate of the implant wouldn't be as high as it is if touching or squeezing it could cause it to fail.

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thank you so much for responding so kindly to my questions. I'm so so grateful, it's such a huge help to know that I have someplace to ask for advice and not be judged. I know it's silly to think that squeezing or touching the implant would decrease effectiveness but I never thought to ask my doctor if it would so lack of knowledge made me worry. Your answer that it doesn't affect it at all made me feel so relieved and the way you didn't look down on me for asking was so appreciated
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Asking questions about medications you're taking isn't silly or stupid, and we don't judge people here for seeking out more information. I'm glad to have helped. [Smile]

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I was able to speak to a different nurse and the midwife who inserted my implant. The nurse said that touching or squeezing the implant does not decrease effectiveness and when I asked the mid-wife, she first said she doesnt think that it decreases effectiveness, it doesnt say anything about it in the literature. She also mentioned that Im the first one to bring it up but it makes sense to do that to make sure it was still in place and when I made sure to ask again if it decreased effectiveness at the end of the visit, she said no it didnt!

Im relieved because they both took my question seriously and now I have three different opinions from three credible sources that touching/squeezing the implant doesn't decrease effectiveness [Smile]

Thank you again!

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