Warning: This post is going to be rather long and erm, detailed.
Okay, so I'm new here obviously. I signed up late this afternoon because I need some advice or support or just a little bit of reassurance I am not going completely insane!
So, here goes...
I am on the implanon contraception method first of all. I have been on it for nearly two years and half now. It's worked great, well at not getting me pregnant anyway, however my menstrual cycle which was fairly regular has been all over the place since it's insertion which I am aware is quite normal apparently. For me I would just skip my periods altogether and end up having a really heavy bleed for 8-9 days approximately every 5-6 months. In the last few months though, I have observed that my period has reverted back to normal,as in a 29-30 day cycle and BAM! my expected period would arrive on the dot, according to my calculations. However, this month, I was 8 days late and I thought surely I can't be pregnant, I still have the implanon and it has not yet expired. But, being my paranoid self, I went out and bought a HPT, saved it for first morning urine and was absolutely shocked when a FAINT but definitely PINK line appeared within ten minutes! Naturally I did another (same brand) and again, a faint line in the test window though even fainter than the first as I assume this would have been due to not using 1st morning urine that time. Well, I panicked! The next day, another faint but albeit pink line...
Then on Sunday (so a week ago now) I noticed some light spotting when I went to the toilet and some mild cramping. I thought, AHA! my period is starting. Much to my dismay, no more cramping or spotting that day or night until Monday afternoon when I went to the toilet and there was pinkish discharge on the paper. Well, I have continued to bleed now for what is bordering on the 8th day and it is minimal. Not even close to the usual flow of my period, plus it seems to stop and start throughout the day, especially depending if I'm moving around more or not. The color ranges from pink to brown to bright red and barely soaks through a very thin panty liner.
In the meantime I have done more HPT's with the same brand and different brands, including First Response which I've heard a lot of good talk about it. A whole bunch of definite BFN are sitting somewhere in the bin but there is also 4 more faint positives that I have received over this course of time, two of them being First Response, 1 the original brand I used and the another a completely different cheap brand. I am so confused!
Naturally on Tuesday I went to the doctor's. She ran a Beta HCG blood test which she informed was negative when I returned to see her on Thursday. On my request, she ran another one anyway and rang me that evening to say, it was again negative She was very abrupt, unsympathetic and I didn't take to her attitude at all. "Oh, they must all be duds"...ALL OF THEM!...and DIFFERENT brands too! How can they ALL be duds?! So, my next step was to visit a GP I've seen in the past this morning, whom dealt with a miscarriage I had some time ago so I trusted her. Well, I can't say that went much better either...
Here is the basic run down of what happened:
1. You still have the implanon, it's not expired therefore you can't possibly be pregnant. Fair enough I guess.
2. The bleeding is caused by the implant and it is just stuffing your hormones around again. Once again, possible and fair enough.
3. My pregnancy symptoms (of which are sore, tender, larger breasts, frequent urination, dry retching on occasions and/or vomiting at smells...I never throw up unless I'm sick so highly unusual for me, dull lower back ache, headaches, increased appetite, the list goes on...) are due to either the implanon or apparently there is a 'new virus' going around that mimics pregnancy symptoms in woman...? I googled this and could not even find a trace of what she's talking about. That's when I started to doubt her.
4. Last but not least the positive HPT's are not picking up HCG if my blood tests are coming back negative, even though I showed them all to her which mind you, she barely glanced at Instead, according to this doctor my kidneys are going a little crazy and producing 'something' that is entering my urine and 'tricking' the HPT's. What the hell?! I have never heard of such a thing...! Is that even possible?
She dismissed me after that and just said to come back in 2 weeks for a pap smear. I was not impressed!
I did one more HPT when I got home this afternoon and once again, a faint pink line in the test area. I don't know what to make of all this. I am just so utterly confused
I don't know what to do or where to turn now. So, I've made this account, read some posts and browsed and am now posting my own thread in the hope someone, anyone, here will please have some enlightenment for me.
Any replies are greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this massive post and any people who then reply