Post # 1
I recently found out that my health insurance covers 100% of birth control costs (Yay!). I’ve been on the pill for 10 years but I’m considering doing the implant. I’m worried about the effect on my period because right now it’s so predictable and light. Also, my skin tends to break out already and from what I’ve read acne may be one of the negative side effects.
Does anyone have any experience with the implant?
Post # 3
@Jbunny: I had it for 3 years… I never got my period on it, and the only thing I noticed was lack of sex drive (but this was at the end of my past relationship so it may not have been related). I say go for it
Post # 4
@Jbunny: I don’t know what’s the implant and whats the multitude of circumstances surrounding, but my experiences;
I had the implant at 19 after an abortion.
I had been on the pill before hand, but it caused nausea quite severely.
I naturally have sporradic periods, I went on the pill to control them.
After the implant I have had very common spotting (10 days or so of a month) with a 2-day normal (pretty heavy) period in the middle.
I haven’t had an issue with acne increasing (Ive had it since before the implant, but it is better now than it was when the implant started so I assume this is just my body working itself out normally)
I have gained weight and seem to have trouble getting it off but there are many many other circumstances that could attribute to that!
I was constantl worried about missing a pill but seriously, this thing is amazing for not worring about borth control! I have terrible memory so its perfect for me!
I am also super freaked of getting the damn thing out. Ive heard it can really hurt. I only stood up to get it in because I was under general when it happened!
I won’t be getting it replaced in November of next year, however I am planning to TTC relatively soon thereafter so another 3 years doesn’t make sense. If I was going to wait 3 or more years, I would replace it even with the spotting. The peace of mind is worth too much to me!
Post # 5
I had it many many years ago so hopefully it has changed since then. I hated it. I had the worst mood swings to the point I did not want to be in my own skin. I had to have it out.
Post # 6
I don’t have the implanon but a friend of mine does and she LOVES it! I have a copper IUD (non-hormonal), just got it a month ago- so far I love it, but I was on the pill for years before I got the IUD. I like having the ability to travel (especially internationally) without worrying about needing a refill or losing my pills. I also love that it isn’t hormonal, I’ve heard too many horror stories about cystic acne with hormonal implants (I know it isn’t too common but I was still afraid, plus I like not having to mess with my hormones!). You might want to consider looking into the copper IUD and seeing what you think, it also doesn’t mess with your cycle!
Post # 7
I had implanon and I LOVED it. No period the whole time I was on it, no noticeable side effects. The only reason I didn’t get a new one when my time was up is because my arm formed keloid scarring around the implant. It should have taken 5-10 minutes to pop out, but it took 45 and I could hear them cutting & crunching through my scar tissue the whole time. But I hear that’s not very common. My period returned back to normal one cycle after removal.
Post # 8
I have had Nexplanon (which is pretty much the same thing as it replaced Implanon) for over a year now. The insertion didn’t hurt that badly. Every medication will have a long list of side effects. Since you tend to break out, I doubt the implant will make it worse. I used to break out more at first, but now I only get the occasional pimple. Like an above poster said, I also gained quite a bit of weight this past year, but I can’t blame the implant because I’ve always struggled with my weight. Regarding my period, I don’t have one regularly at all. I never tracked it before or after getting on birth control,but I think I get it every 2-3 months. I like having not to worry about it, but if you like the assurance of being regular then maybe this isn’t the right choice for you. Again though, every woman will have a different experience with it.
Post # 9
I’ve had it since September! I have had two very light periods, the first of which was in October and lasted around 6 days (longer than my normal periods) and the second of which was last week for two days. I have not had ANY problems. I really like it so far! I know that it’s the same hormone that’s in the shot, which I have also had before, so I was pretty sure I’d do well on it going in.
Post # 10
I love the implant. I’ve been on it for 3 years and it hasn’t affected my moods or my skin or my weight. It has made my periods a little irregular, but nothing that I can’t handle. When the implant I currently have is due to be replaced, I will definitely get another one.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the info! It sounds like mostly positive experiences. I’m just trying to decide if it’s worth trying because I’ve been successfully on the pill for so long. Although It seems like it could be one of those things that you won’t know how great it is until you do it and don’t have to think about birth control every day.
@LVoeBride: that doesn’t sound fun. Do you have a visible scar on your arm now?
Post # 12
@Jbunny: Yeah I’m a wimp so it wasn’t worth it to me to go through that again! I do have 4 small scars about 1/4″ each from multiple cuts trying to get at it. It’s on the inside of my upper arm though so it’s not noticeable to anybody but me.