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Woman scarred for life after ‘doctors dig out contraceptive implant’

Woman scarred for life after 'doctors dig out contraceptive implant'

Anneyy Madden, 22, has been left scarred for life (Picture: Media Wales)

A women has been scarred for life after doctors tried to ‘dig out’ her contraceptive implant when they were unable to remove it.

Anneyy Madden, 22, from Pontypridd, Wales, had the implant fitted in 2013, but after two years doctors still cannot find it.

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The device is a small flexible plastic rod that gets placed under the skin of a woman’s upper arm and prevents pregnancy by releasing progestogen into the bloodstream.

The implant is considered to be a good method of contraception for people who struggle to remember to take the pill regularly.

A woman has had a contraceptive implant stuck in her arm for two years and doctors still can?t find it. Anneyy Madden, from Pontypridd, Wales, had the implant fitted in 2013. caption: Anneyy said the implant has left scarring on her arm

Doctors tried to ‘dig it out’ (Picture: Media Wales)

It needs to be replaced every three years and is supposed to be removable at any time.

Doctors have now attempted to remove it four times but it has been stuck in her body for the past two years.

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Anneyy, a carer, said medics tried to ‘dig it out’ in August 2016 which left scars on her arm which have not healed

She was advised not to use any other form of contraception in case it counteracts with the implant.

She said: ‘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.’

A woman has had a contraceptive implant stuck in her arm for two years and doctors still can?t find it. Anneyy Madden, from Pontypridd, Wales, had the implant fitted in 2013. caption: Anneyy Madden pictured with her sister, Laura

Anneyy Madden pictured with her sister, Laura (Picture: Media Wales)

Anneyy said: ‘It’s been there for about two years now and they can’t tell me if it’s still working.

‘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.’

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Anneyy added: ‘The scars are still there.

‘I keep asking if it is working, or doing any damage, but they say they don’t know because it doesn’t usually happen.

‘I have been told it’s quite a rare thing to happen.

‘But I would never advise anyone to get one after my experience.’

A spokeswoman for Cwm Taf University Health Board said: ‘We are unable to comment on an individual’s care and treatment.

‘We take all procedures including those in relation to the implant seriously and make sure that any individual who delivers these services has
the correct level of training and follows the clinical guidelines.’

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