I’ve had it for a year now, and I LOVE it. Best purchase I’ve ever made.
Insertion was utterly painless. The injection to numb everything hurt, but after that, I started talking to the nurse. I finally asked when they were going to start, and she told me to look at my arm. There was a puddle of blood and a band-aid, and the implant was already in. I never felt a thing. I did bruise EXTREMELY badly, though (and it was made worse when Fiance accidentally put his elbow with his whole weight right on top of it two days later), and if I were to do it again, I would wait until it was cool enough for me to get away with long sleeves for a while. That would have prevented a lot of awkward questions. The bruises were a bit tender, but it wasn’t bad at all – and I’m a wimp when it comes to pain.
Now that it’s in, I barely know it’s there. I can see it when I poke it, but otherwise, you’d never know. I do experience some mood swings, but it’s no worse than normal. My appetite, if anything, has decreased. I’ve lost about 40 lbs. since getting it, though that’s probably more due to some other lifestyle changes I’ve made.
It took a while for my cycle to become regular again, and I did end up having a three-month-long period at one point. Now that it’s regular, my periods do last a lot longer – about two weeks on average. That being said, they tend to be a LOT lighter than anything I’ve ever experienced before. I normally only need to wear a tampon for a day or two out of the whole two weeks. Even during my three-month-long period, I probably only used tampons for five days total.
Even so, every girl is different. I was told that some people bleed constantly the entire time they’re on it, and some people stop having periods at all. I can only tell you my experience.
A few of the other effects it’s had on me are that my acne has gotten better, and my cramping is a lot less intense. I also don’t experience the dryness I had with some other types of birth control.
I love it because I don’t have to think about it. I can’t forget to take pills, I don’t have to worry about it breaking or falling off, nothing. I had it inserted, and now I don’t have to think about it again until 2013. We still have all the spontaneity we want. And, most importantly, it really is the most effective BC out there, and so I don’t have to worry about any Mini Moons any time soon. I LOVE my Implanon, and I would recommend it to anyone.