Around 500,000 women in the United States had this birth control implant put into their arm since 2006. However, many women have suffered serious side effects because the implant got lost inside their body. Our lawyers are investigating claims of lost implants and migration throughout the country.
What is Implanon?
Implanon is a birth control device that is implanted into your arm. It is a small, flexible device, about the size of a toothpick or matchbox. Implanon releases etonogestrel, a synthetic progestin hormone, for a period of about 3 years to help prevent pregnancy. It was approved by the FDA in 2006 and about half a million women in the United States have this birth control implant. But, Implanon is no longer marketed or manufactured. Instead, the manufacturer, Merck, released Nexplanon.
Implanon Can Get Lost in Your Body
Studies and investigations are currently underway concerning Implanon migrating and moving to different parts of your body. It is implanted in your arm, but it can become lost over time making removal difficult or impossible. Not only is this frustrating and scary, but if you do not remove the birth control implant, it could affect your permanent fertility, result in an ectopic pregnancy, and much more. The Nexplanon birth control that Merck devevloped and marketed after Implanon was made with a barium rod so even if it migrates, doctors can find it using an CT scan, an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound. This is not true of Implanon, which makes it very dangerous for some women.
Other Implanon Health Risks and Side Effects
There have been reports of many adverse side effects after Implanon birth control is implanted, including:
- Pseudotumor Cerebri, or “PTC”
- Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)
- Blood Clots
- Insulin Resistance
- Blurred vision or vision loss
- And More
Contact an Implanon Lawyer
If you had Implanon birth control implanted in your arm and suffered any serious side effects like it getting lost inside your body, please contact our lawyers today for a free consultation. We will discuss what happened to you, and your legal rights and options for moving forward. You can call us toll free at 888-595-2822 to speak with one of our attorneys, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you.