Post # 1
I was wondering if there are any bees who use/have used the implant form of birth control, the kind that goes in your arm.
-What does it feel like? Is it painful to have inserted?
-Did it mess with your cycles?
-Is it relatively safe?
Currently I take the pill, just wanted to see which is better.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
SoonToBeeMartinez: I know that that’s the type of birth control my own doctor uses! She is pretty happy with it. She didn’t go into detail about how it felt to get it, but she seemed happy with the results and decided that it’s the best option for her. She loves not having to remember to take the pill. And it was surgically implanted in her arm. She did not like the nuva ring because she found it uncomfortable, but she likes the implant!
Post # 3
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
I’ve tolerated it pretty well, but as with most things ‘individual results may vary’
Post # 4
SoonToBeeMartinez: I have the implant but I’ve had it for less than a month so I can’t comment on long term effects. The insertion wasn’t painful because they numb the area. My Dr. said he must’ve torn a blood vessel when he inserted mine because I bled a good amount for such a small incision (not a bleeder normally btw). The “worst” part so far was waiting for the incision to heal. It took about a week or so before I was completely back to normal – i.e. I could lean, stretch, etc on that arm and it wasn’t painful.
2 days after I got the implant, I started spotting. I’m not sure if it was because of the implant or because I had gotten the Mirena IUD removed 2 days prior to getting the implant. So a few days of spotting, then it seemed like it got heavier so I considered that my period. I still have super light spotting every once in a while so far. Hopefully it stops completely soon.
All of that being said, I like it so far. It’s kinda wierd to feel it in my arm, but it’s comforting to know that my FI won’t be hurt by the Mirena anymore – that was a reoccuring issue with the IUD for us. I also told my FI that after the 3 years are up (or before 😉 ) I’m done with BC and we’re just gonna have babies until we’re done, then he’s getting a vasectomy. Lol
Post # 5
FutureMrsJohnson_: That’s what we talk about Haha! That I wanna be married 6 years at least (so 2 implants) with No babies, then we can have them. Then seal the deal for good. Lol.
nawella: Taiki: FutureMrsJohnson_: Thanks for the responses ladies! I’m glad to hear that it seems good.
Post # 6
I’ve had the implant for 4 1/2 years, it’s been good for me. I think it is a personal thing how it affects people though. It didn’t hurt getting in put in, it was worst getting it taken out I thought. during my first implant (2009-2012) I had no periods but my second one (2013-now) I’m getting them again.
Post # 7
PenguinLove: Thanks for the reply! I’m glad to hear it’s working for you. I have lighter periods than normal with the pill, so I’m kinda wondering what the implant would do. Guess we’ll see!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Runnymede Hotel
SoonToBeeMartinez: About 5 years with the implant now – so I’ve had it replaced too as it’s a 3 year one.
I use implanon/nexplanon (if you are in the UK this is the standard).
Love it. I was on the pill before (microgynon) which was ok, but made me cry all the time.
-What does it feel like? – can’t feel it at all unless I look for it. It feel a bit odd, like a bobby pin under your skin, but it doesn’t bother me. Tends to freak dudes out 😛
– Is it painful to have inserted? – Nope. They anaesthatise the area, then it’s a quick shot which you don’t feel. There’s a fair bit of bruising in the days after, but nothing bad.
-Did it mess with your cycles? – Yes. I have been period free for almost five years! This has been great, I love it 🙂 ALL hormonal contraception affects your menstrual cycle, it essentially stops it, that’s how it works. Any bleeding you have when on the pill/implant is not menstruation but a withrawral bleed, and not neccessary for your health. Some girls I know got regular bleeding. Others bled too often – it will affect everyone differently.
-Is it relatively safe? – of course. Safer than the pill in fact, as it has a MUCH lower dose of progesterone (as it does not need to be digested) and no estrogen at all. If inserted correctly, it’s basically impossible to get pregnant. (My doctor actually said that. She said it was more effective than getting your tubes tied).
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Post # 9
That is really interesting. I was considering getting the implant but ended up going for the Mirena because I didn’t really want to have an incision done on my arm. Glad to know that it works so well for people in case I need to reconsider later!