A woman with a contraceptive implant stuck in her arm for two years now faces surgery as doctors are unable to find it. Anneyy Madden, 22, had the device fitted in 2013.
It is a small flexible plastic rod that gets placed under the skin of a woman’s upper arm, preventing pregnancy by releasing a hormone called progestogen into the bloodstream.
The implant, which is over 99 percent effective, is considered to be a good method of contraception for people who struggle to remember to take the pill regularly, but it has to be replaced every three years.
It is said the device can be removed at any time – but for Anneyy, this was not the case.
She said: “It was meant to be removed in 2016.“They’ve tried to remove it about four times but it’s still there. I’ve been to the hospital, to a GP and to see a specialist but it’s still there and they can’t locate it.
“They have picked it up in an X-ray so they know it’s still there – but they can’t tell me where it is. I have to have surgery now. They have to sedate me.”
Anneyy, who works as a carer, said she should be operated on some time this year but she does not yet know when this will be.
She said medics tried to “dig it out” in August 2016 which left scars on her arm. The scars have failed to heal and she said she was advised not to use any other form of contraception in case it counteracts with the implant.
Anneyy said: “It’s been there for about two years now and they can’t tell me if it’s still working. “I did use the pill before I had the implant but it didn’t work with my body at all.
“The injection didn’t agree with me either.“It’s been there for over two years and it’s frustrating really.
“I just don’t know what’s happening and I feel like I have no one to talk to. I just seem to be passed from person to person.”
She however concluded saying, she had been told it’s quite a rare thing to happen.
She also says she won’t advise anyone to get one after her experience.