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Could I be pregnant?

I am a bit paranoid when it comes to things like this and will endlessly google things to find an answer! My last period was on the 20th of December and lasted only 1 day. I have a contraceptive implant which makes my periods irregular anyway but recently I have felt nauseous in the early hours of the morning and have been getting very bad stomach cramps that don't culminate in a period. I seem to have symptoms that have been experienced in the early signs of pregnancy according to the NHS website such as sore breasts, feeling tired and have an increased amount of vaginal discharge. Me and my other half have regular unprotected sex due to me having the contraceptive implant. I have yet to take a test but I will be taking one when I get a chance. Just wanted to see if anyone had any advice on here first :)

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Hi there,

If your implant has been fitted for a long time (within 3 years of date) then the chance of it failing would be very low, (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quotes a failure rate of less than 1 in 1,000 women in three years of use). Pregnancies which have occurred are related to incorrect timing of insertion, conception prior to insertion and failure of insertion. Be reassured a pregnancy is very unlikely, but if you are worried a pregnancy test would be accurate now. Nexplanon implant does have the side effect of making periods very short and light, or they may stop all together, so if you can still feel it in place in your arm then your symptoms are not pregnancy related. You could go back to the clinic/GP that fitted it if your symptoms continue to worry you.

I hope this helps

Best wishes



Thank you that was very helpful! I think I am going to take a test just to be certain and reassure myself!

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