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I've had my implant out, should I be bleeding 10 days after my period?

By November 18, 2014 - 8:06am
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Hi, I'm 17 and I normally have heavy periods, and my last period finished on 9th November, I've had my contraceptive implant out today because it expired, but I had unprotected sex with my husband two days before, and I have started bleeding again, but it isn't a period, it's a lighter colour, but I'm getting cramps too. I've read a few things about hormone imbalances and STI's but I've taken tests and they've all come back negative, and most of the things I've read are talking about 'light bleeding' or 'spotting' but this is just as heavy as my normally periods. Can someone please help me get a rough idea about what is going on with me please?

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Hello Sandra,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern of vaginal bleeding and cramping.

Since you had intercourse with your husband two days before the removal of the implant, you should still have been protected against pregnancy.

For the benefit of all our readers, a contraceptive implant is a thin, flexible plastic implant about the size of a cardboard matchstick. It is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It protects against pregnancy for up to three years.

It releases a low, steady dose of a progestational hormone to thicken cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus and typically suppresses ovulation as well.

I read that if the implant stops working, or in your case, was removed, you can expect changes in your menstrual cycle. I am surmising the drop in progesterone levels could be responsible for the vaginal bleeding and cramping.

Sandra, to be certain, please contact and consult your gynecologist.


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