(Closed) Denied Implanon by Planned Parenthood

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10573 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sorry to hear that.  Maybe they stick to set numbers like that more, as they don’t have a history to base your overall health from?

It sucks that you have to pay so much for it and you wasted your time!

Post # 4
2548 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s bullshit. Completebullshit. You should call the office, and speak to the supervisor, and tell them about your active lifestyle, breast implants (although no offense, I can’t see how they would weigh 8lbs), and the fact that y ou were only one point away. Also, do a bit of research on why they would have turned you away so you can debate it. I mean, I am no doctor, but this just makes no sense to me!

Post # 5
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Blanche:  I just got the Implant a few weeks ago and before I got it, I read all of the detailed material from the manufacturer. Basically the implant works by adding a small amount of hormone to the bloodstream. The amount of hormone dimenishes over time, but should always be enough to prevent pregnancy. However, the manufacturer states that in overweight women, the amount of hormone may not be enough to prevent pregnancy as effectively. It may be possible to still get the implant and have it removed earlier, but I’m not sure. As much as it sucks in your situatution, it sounds like PP was following a strict interpretation of the manufacture’s guidance.

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

That sucks. It’s like the birth control patch – I know there was a big deal a few years back where people over a certain BMI couldn’t get it because it could *possibly* make it less effective. Looks like they’re probably just covering their asses.

Post # 8
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

BMI could affect the ability of the drug to enter the bloodstream in consistent levels over the time period it is supposed to last.  It’s probably a rule issued by the drug company that manufactures the implant.  You could lose weight or you could skew your height at another location but bear in mind it might affect how long the Implanon works for you.

Post # 9
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It does suck that you drove that far to find out they refused to do the procedure.

Post # 10
4371 posts
Honey bee

I don’t question them not doing the procedure because of BMI guidelines, but they really should have mentioned something about it so you don’t waste time and gas. Also, I’m not sure why they would just take your word on your weight instead of measuring and weighing you if it’s such a strict guideline.

Post # 12
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Aside from the fact that I HATE BMI and wish that theory would just disappear already (you mentioned all of its weaknesses), it sucks hardcore that they didn’t tell you over the phone that this was a factor in getting the implanon.  I’d be pissed wasting a day and driving that far just to find that out, too.

Post # 13
2893 posts
Sugar bee

BMI is ridiculous. I get that it works for some people and that’s great but I seem to run into exceptions as opposed to the “average” populous. Guys who are told they aren’t in a healthy BMI range when they’re the most incredibly fit, muscular people I know and all I can think is “if they lost more weight they’d be unhealthy.” I’m naturally small and all my life I’ve been barely points away from the “unhealthy/annorexic” side of the scale despite being perfectly healthy and even having some fat around my middle. 

Rant aside – that’s total BULL. I can’t believe you didn’t force them to let you speak to their supervisor. I can’t imagine 1 single point was going to render the implant useless. ALSO, a person’s weight can fluctuate by several pounds during the day. I bet you $50 that that morning you would have qualified. Ridiculous. I’d try again if I were you, even though they did go about this wrong this time. $850 is a huge chunk of change to part with.

Post # 14
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

From talking to my OBGYN, people who weigh more (which leads to a higher BMI – although I agree that BMI is practically useless for most people) require higher doses of hormones for birth control.  This doesn’t effect most people as birth control doses more than enough for what their body needs.

I wanted to be put on a very-low hormone dosage pill to help counteract symptoms the higher doses were giving my body.  My doctor emphasized that because I weigh a little more than many (size 12/14 with 36F boobs) that the low hormone pill may not be enough hormone to effectively prevent pregnancy.  He still gave it too me but with the warning of potential lowered effectiveness.

Since, it’s my understanding, the Implanon is a low hormone dose, maybe it isn’t effective enough for those who weigh a bit more like us for PP to be comfortable issuing it.

It does suck they didn’t say anything about this beforehand though.

Post # 15
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If it’s not based on BMI I wonder what they could base it on? Just weight alone? So anyone above 180lbs would not be safely covered?

Also, if you can’t get implanon perhaps try Nuvaring. I have recently changed to this form of BC and it is fabulous! So much better than the pill or an injection.

Post # 16
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My guess is that PP receives a bunch of federal money, right?  They CAN’T bypass these guidelines or they could lose all their funding for not following protocol.

So “1 single point” may NOT render YOUR implant unsuccessful.  But providing it to you may cost them their funding.  Research has shown that a BMI above a certain point reduces effectiveness.  They have to  draw a line somewhere.  And they have less freedom to make their own decisions because of the amount of funding they receive.

Yes – she should have taken your height.  No – they can’t go over everything on the phone, or they would never be on the phone – so they probably just go over the highlights.  You responsibility is to be informed as a patient and research ahead of time.  Sucks, I know and I would be really frustrated too.

buuuuut……..If you want your birth control to be funded with tax dollars, then there are more hoops to jump through.  If you want shortcuts you have to pay out of pocket…. That’s how Capitalism in a Democratic Society works.

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