ME: I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve had a complete miscarriage.
HER: Oh. Okay.
ME: Was this a planned pregnancy?
HER: No! It was an accident.
ME: Are you planning a pregnancy in the near future?
HER: Not really. I have one already. I can’t afford another baby.
ME: Then I think we should discuss family planning.
HER: Oh. Yes.
ME: Even though you don’t want any future children, we don’t recommend tying your tubes at such a young age. The Copper T is always a good idea, but have you heard of Implanon?
HER: I don’t know.
ME: Implanon is a little stick, like a matchstick, that we put in your arm-
HER: Oh yes. I’ve heard of that.
ME: Good. It lasts for three years. It’s not too long but it gives you enough time-
HER: No. No I don’t want that.
ME: Is there a reason? It won’t hurt you and the side-effects are a lot fewer than the injections you’ve been getting.
HER: Implanon is not for me.
ME: You’re absolutely allowed your choice but can you share why you think it’s not for you?
HER: You know.
ME: I don’t.
HER: It’s like they say in the Bible.
HER: It’s the mark. The one at the end of days.
ME: Implanon is the mark of the beast?!
The worst is that after some prodding, she said that a nurse at her local clinic was telling women this. I wish I could say she was the only patient who told us that, but no… it was quite a common belief.