Nexplanon (contreceptive implant) Users! Tell me about your experience! Read mo

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

OK, so I am a HUGE nexaplon fan. Ask me anything! I used implanon/nexaplon for the best part of 10 years.

My advice? Start by taking the progesterone only pill for 2-3 months or so to make sure you have no side effects. If you have no side effects on the POP, you’ll probably be completely fine on the implant. Remember that the POP has to be taken every day, at around the same time each day… it is much less forgiving than the combination pill. That is why it is usually only recommended for older (and, presumably, more responsible) women where I live.

My experience was that the second I switched to the POP, my periods completely stopped. I had no spotting, no bleeding, no nothing. My GI tract problems improved. My skin improved. I felt much better in myself in almost every way. The only bad thing was that my sex drive decreased slightly. I never had irregular, long, or heavy periods before the POP, or the implant. However, it was only once I switched to the POP that certain pelvic pain issues (which I had thought were GI tract related, but now I am not so sure) improved significantly.

I had my implant replaced twice, and removed once. An experienced nurse makes all the difference… one time, my arm swelled up and went green, and I was in agony for weeks. Another time, I was completely fine, and only had the teeniest, tiniest mark to show that they had replaced my device. The only thing I would say was that once, I waited almost until the end of the 3 years to replace the device, and it malfunctioned. I was about 2 years, 9 months into the cycle, and I suddenly woke up one morning with a full on moustache (!). Luckily I realised that this was probably due to a malfunctioning implant, so I had it replaced and this solved the problem almost immediately.

Hope this helps!

PS I always say this, but for me then nexaplon was so much better than an IUD. If you have an “oops” then an IUD can cause your baby to have some serious problems. An implanon device is much less damaging to your “oops”. I always said that I never wanted an “oops” baby, but I would have kept it. Obviously different people have different opinions on this point. However, if this is an issue for you (obviously, it might be, or it might not be) then this is another reason why I think that nexaplon is awesome!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Commenting because I am looking to get the implant soon too. I only have a few more packs of pills, and I’d love to have something less bothersome.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am on my third nexplanon. I have no complaints. I took the pill for around 8 year before. I don’t have a period for the first year of the implant but the last 2 years of it I have I for about 6 days each month. Everyone is different when it comes to having a period. It is a bit creepy when they pull it out, but my arm is so used to it when she slides the new one in, it goes into the same spot as the last one. This will be my last implant and I’m so glad my ob told me about it!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m on my second one.  No problems for 4 years, then all of the sudden nonstop bleeding and mood swings for weeks at a time.  I’m switching soon.  

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have had my nexplanon implant since December. Before that I was on the shot for about a year, and was on the pill before that. I never really had a period while on the shot (I did have occasional spotting though). My doctor said that since I didn’t have a period with the shot that would most likely not have a period with Nexplanon. I spotted for The first couple of months, but haven’t had any for the past few months. I really like not having to remeber my pill everyday (which I was horrible at), or having to go in every month to get a shot in my butt! 

 

Getting it put in was not too bad. They first give you a shot to numb your arm, which was the most painful part. It was sore for a couple days, and i had a pretty crazy bruise for a couple weeks. After the bruise was gone, you couldn’t tell it was even there unless you knew about it!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve had my first Nexplanon for a little over a year and I had irregular periods before its insertion but I was never on OC’s prior either. However, even now I still continue to have irregular spotting/bleeding every few weeks which is a hassle. If anything, I only get 1 week out of the month WITHOUT bleeding!! But it works (as in no pregnancies lol), so I haven’t changed it. I was just hoping it’d stop my bleeding for longer periods of time… But I’m glad to not have to take a pill everyday!

The insertion part was totally fine, they numb you then stick a needle gun into your arm and shoot it in. Pretty simple! It did take a while to heal though and get used to something poking in your arm. I actually have a tiny scar where the needle had gone in and tiny scar tissue had formed, but it’s hardly noticeable. I haven’t had mine taken out yet, so I’m a bit worried about that!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had the Implanon for three years. It wasn’t a good fit for me, but I paid $500 for it so I stuck with it to get my money’s worth.

The good: Insertion was a breeze, aside from the lidocaine shot. It successfully prevented pregnancy for the entire three years, and it lessened the frequency and heaviness of my periods (even stopped them for 6 months). My acne cleared up completely, and I had few PMS symptoms.

The bad: the high initial dose of hormones made me an emotional hot mess for two years. My periods, though few and far between, were complete surprises. Removal sucked. The doctor who inserted it put it way too deep in my arm, and it took my current gyno 30 minutes and 3 rounds of lidocaine remove it. I now have a pretty gnarly scar, though she did her best to make the incision as small as possible for how deep she had to cut. 

Bottom line: Your results will vary. I hated my Implanon, but many women think it’s the best thing since whole wheat sliced bread.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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.

Post # 11
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Newbee

Hello! 

I am a new implant user.  I had mine inserted in April last year.  I have an allergy to any birthcontrol with synthetic estrogen, so I can only take progestin only forms of birth control.  It is funny that my doctor didn’t even want to admit that you could be “allergic” to birth control because she didn’t think such a thing was possible…. but I tried multipule brands of the combination pill, the patch, and the nuva ring.  All of which caused me to break out in terrible hives from head to toe within 24 hours of starting the medication, and they would get progressively worse until I stopped taking the medication.  I thought I couldn’t take anything until I tried a new doctor and she suggested I take something that is progestin only.

She put on the “mini pill” that is progestin only to see if I could tolerate it, and nothing happened.  She said that my options were to stay on that (but she said it wasn’t as effective as other forms of birth control), or try something else.  My options being the shot, an IUD, and the implant.  I didn’t want to do the shot becuase I am wary of those side effects, so I tried the Mirena IUD.  It was wonderful, and I had it for two years, but because I am so active, and do things where I am inverted in a harness for long periods of time at work my Mirena slipped out of place during a show I was doing.  It was awful, and I had it removed.  Luckily no major damage was done.  I had awful heavy peroids where an ULTRA sized tampon only lasted me around 45 minutes, and the Mirena was a blessing because after 3 months I had a normal, regular period where I could wear a regular sized tampon all day.  I was sad it didn’t work out for me.

So with my only option left being the shot or the implant, I decided to try the implant.  The insertion was relatively painless.  I had a little swelling the next day, but that was it.  I felt extremely hormonal the first week, and then that passed and my mood has been normal ever since.  I had slight retention of water weight, but that passed after a few months.  Now the only side effect is that the implant site is incredibly itchy!!!! It is better if I keep it moisturised, so I carry lotion with me to apply whenever it starts itching.  I was scratching it for a long time before I realized heavy moisture helped, and the length of the rod is slightly discolored from months of scratching. 🙁  Thankfully my complextion is very dark so it isn’t super noticeable.  

As far as my periods are concearned, they are not super light like they were on the Mirena, but they are not unbearable like they were before I was on birthcontrol.  They are in the middle, and mostly very predictable.  I did totally skip a period a few months ago and I freaked out a bit because I thought I might be pregnant, but it turns out I wasn’t and my period came exactly when it was supposed to the second month, and has been like clockwork ever since.  Barring nothing awful happening the remainder of this implant cycle, I will replace with with another one in two years if my husband and I still don’t want kids.  

I know this is a little long, but this was my birth control experience so far.  I like my implanon itchy arm and all! 🙂

 

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Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I never feel it in my arm. You can feel it with your fingers when you search for it in your arm

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Jeo4500:  Yeah, definitely try the POP first. Set a reminder on your phone to take it. It doesn’t matter if you take it at EXACTLY the same time each day… I mean, you can take it at 4pm one day and 5pm the next. You just can’t take it at 11am one day and 6pm the next, if that makes sense? On the combined pill, you have a lot more leeway than that.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

 

Jeo4500:  I had the implant for a couple years.  I took it out about 5 years ago.  I did have irregular periods but nothing horrible.  More like light spotting or a light flow for 4 days every now and then.  I only took it out because it was time to replace it anyway and I met my now FI around that time.  He is fixed so there was no need for me to be on birth control.

I would recommend it, if you want a low maintainence BC.  It was nice not to have to remember to take a pill everyday, or get a shot every month.

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