Mom Ends Up Pregnant After Bizarre Birth Control Mishap

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With a 5-year-old and 7-month-old, Ebony Cole and her husband decided they were done having kids. So the Denver mom went on a birth control implant called Nexplanon ... and what happened next will leave you scratching your head and most likely steering clear of this option yourself!

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On January 12, Ebony visited a Kaiser Permanente health facility and had the implant placed in her arm; she could feel it under her skin. It was supposed to last until January 2018 and boasted a 99 percent rate of effectiveness. Only three months later in April, Ebony learned she was five weeks pregnant.

Ebony went back to Kaiser, where doctors searched for the implant by ultrasound ... and couldn't find it. A blood test found no trace of the implant's hormones in her body.The doctors came to the only conclusion possible: the implant was not in her body.

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Huh? How the heck did that happen? Did it somehow fall out of her body, or did her body absorb it, or what? 

Nexplanon's manufacturer, Merck, did not immediately respond to media calls, but here's what they say on their site: "The implant may not be placed in your arm at all due to failed insertion ... additionally, the implant may come out by itself." Which is totally weird, given it's under your skin.

Adding to the mystery: A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that implants like Nexplanon are the most effective form of birth control, even better than sterilization! Seriously? Um, not for poor Ebony. 

Ebony is actually worried the implant is still in there, and could harm her unborn baby. And if I were in her shoes, I'd worry, too! I'd also be miffed that I got pregnant when I thought I'd done something to prevent it. All in all, I'd be banging down that company's door for answers.

We hope this mom's story serves as a warning to the rest of y'all as you consider your birth control options: choose Nexplanon, and it may mysteriously disappear. Talk about scary.

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