Jeo4500: Hey, I’ll answer your questions!
I’m on my second implant now, I think I’m now 4yr, 6mth with it.
I’ve read that you can bleed a lot and have irregualar periods during the first few months or so. Did you bleed a lot? If so, were they irregular/heavy/long before you had the implant? Also, those who were on BC pills first and short/light periods, did you bleed a lot after the implant?
The first few months were a long time ago, but between my first and second (current) implant, the first had ran out, so the second one was kinda like starting from scratch. I seem to remember my periods being much lighter and lasting for about 3 days, then stopping for a few then starting again heavier for 4-5 days! Really annoying!
I took the pill before my first implant and for the few weeks between being replaced, and I was REALLY ill on both types of pill, I’d be nauseaous and dizzy and just feel rough. I eventually just stopped taking them, nothing was worth being that ill. Me and SO used condoms anyway.
Now I’m on the implant properly, my periods are regular (4th Thursday like clockwork! lol TMI sorry!), but vary in heaviness. Sometimes I’m really light and only a few days, and sometimes it’s super heavy for a week.
Those who faired well on other hormonal BC, did you have problems with side effects? Or were you fine?
As I said, I was pretty rough on the pill, but the first time I had the implant put in, I was nauseous and had headaches, but that might have been the pill in my system still. But now, I’m absolutely fine, no headaches or anything horrible other than the occasional from stress etc.
Asking those because some people have said that your experience on the implant depends on your experience on other BC as well as your periods beforehand. Could be complete BS but I am curious to know if there is a connection!
Also, how was having it put in (and taken out if you have had that done) and did you have any side effects after it settled down?
I have very sensitive skin and needed two sets of anaestethic shots to numb my arm. The first time I went with a friend who was also having it, and my SO. He held my hand because I was scared (I’m a big baby lol). I just looked away and concentrated on the walls/ceiling etc.
When I had it out and the new one in I went alone, and saw the same doctor as last time. We had a chat about it, said I’d like a new one. She anaethetised my arm, took out the old one and the new one in the same place. Gauze and tape/plaster and that’s it.
I love it, I don’t have to worry about forgetting the pill or even that it makes me ill. They’re more effective than the pill, with 1/1000 women becoming pregnant with the implant, and it’s a three year plan – great for me.
Btw, I’m in the UK, so was free for me.