Here today, Impla-gone tomorrow: contraceptive implant travels to woman's lung

The rogue rod slipped into her circulatory system and moved through her body

Sure, IUDs have been known to go MIA from time to time, but in this “very rare case”, a subcutaneous contraceptive managed to hitch a lift in a woman’s vascular system all the way to her lung.


The 31-year-old was referred for removal of the Implanon rod after reporting a three-month history of abnormal uterine bleeding.

However, when doctors attempted to locate the implant in her arm, it was nowhere to be seen ⁠— or, more precisely, felt.

Then ultrasound revealed that “the subcutaneous implant is located in the left mammary