Post # 1
Guys, before I post this, I should say that I am a mess…
… an emotional mess…
… I was supposed to see a family member this w/e before they died of cancer. Never got the chance. They died today. I never said goodbye. My responses to any and all questions and issues, related or not, are therefore emotionally suspect.
… I suspect that nobody can help me with my biggest issue… but maybe you could help with a simpler one?
My more serious issue aside, I had my contraceptive implant removed early in Jan. Had a small bleed… not really a period… about 4 days later. Since then, nipples have darkened, areloas extended, appetite decreased, my boobs are incredibly sore, I ITCH ALL OVER as if grasshoppers are attempting to hatch from within my skin, from my hair follicles to the soles of my feet, my weight has decreased by 6lb and then increased by 12lb over a few weeks, and my libido is out of control. Insanely, seriously, out of control. Also, my sleep patterns are really messed up.
What is going on? Please tell me I am not alone here. Took a pregnancy test today which was negative. Are all of these symptoms of coming off the implant? If so, what can I expect and how long will they last? How long should it take me to get a positive tes?
Post # 3
@Rachel631: First of all, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost an uncle last weekend to cancer. Very difficult.
Next, yes your body is probably going through hormonal changes. My first month off of birth control pills I had every “pregnancy symptom” in the book. Crazy sensitive/sore nipples, hormonal, increased libido, heartburn, gas, couldn’t sleep, etc. Just let your body take the time to regulate.
However, if you miss your period or something, then take another test. It is certainly possible to get pregant the first month.
Best wishes to you!
Post # 4
I’m so, so sorry for your loss!
But I think it’s the combo of the hormones and the personal loss that has you all wonky.
I hope it ALL gets better soon!
Post # 5
@CocoLoco523: Thanks for this… I was wondering if I was going mad! So good to know it’s not just me. I’ve been feeling really odd lately as well… I was convinced I was pregnant, but of course I have been on BC for so long that I haven’t actually had a period or any sort of hormonal cycle for over 7 years. I don’t think I can even remember what it feels like to actually have proper hormonal cycles… I went on hormonal BC at 16 or 17 (to improve the quality of my skin/deal with acne, actually) and am now over 30. The odd weight loss/gain at various times of the month is a case in point!
@BrandNewBride: Thank you! Here’s hoping. Ugh… never rains but it pours, eh?
Post # 6
Ugh… still don’t know what;s up with my body… I feel really nauseous and exhausted.
Is this what women who actually have hormonal cycles feel like all the time? If so, as soon as I’ve had the kids, I’m going back on the implant FOREVER.
The only good thing is that it’s working magical miracles on DH’s and my sex life. I’ve never had so much fun in bed in my life (apologies if TMI!).
Post # 7
I’m sorry for your loss. :/. I agree with PPs about hormonal changes. I get a lot of those symptoms around ovulation and right before AF. It might just be a rush of hormones for you!
Post # 8
@FreckledFox: Ugh… women actually go through this as part of their normal cycle every month? It’s horrible. Especially the itching and constant nausea. It would be better if I could just be properly sick, but I can’t seem to do it.
Men are such lucky sods. I think I must have got off lightly for the past decade and some change… even low dosage BC completely suppressed my cycles.
Post # 9
@Rachel631: I really do not know how different the implant is versus the pills…but it took me 6+ months to get a regular cycle after going off the pill.
My breasts started hurting more before my periods, I was VERY moody to begin with, I lost and gained weight, and my sex drive totally changed for the better!
So I would chalk a lot of it up to hormonal changes! Your body is going through a lot right now! Give it some time and try to be patient with yourself.
Also, I am very sorry about your loss and I hope you find the peace you need about it all. ((hugs))
Post # 10
@lolita39: Thanks! As long as I don’t feel totally crazy. I actually can’t remember what my cycles were like before the pill. I know that when I started my period, they were really regular immediately, but then they progressively got lighter and shorter and I stopped paying that much attention. By the time I started on BCP a few years later, I wasn’t really having them, and as soon as I started the POP and then later had the implant, my cycles stopped altogether.
I’m not used to this hormone stuff. Hormones are things that happen to other people…
Thanks for the advice and good wishes… same to all PPs!
Post # 11
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I’m very very sorry!
When I went off BC I had every pregnancy symptom int he book. This was a few years ago when I was still in college so I was sooo scared! But I think it’s just how your body reacts to being taken off the hormones.
Post # 12
I love this site. It’s so great to know that other people have been in the same situation and you are not nuts!
I find I can’t talk about stuff like this with my female friends, because it’s a bit gross, first of all (I mean… who wants to discuss your funny smelling luminous pee, or itchy nipples over cocktails?) and also because TTC is very private. You don’t really want people to know IRL until you know for sure that it will stick. Also, when you talk about TTC then you are, by extension, implying stuff about your sex life.
I don’t like talking about my sex life in public. I’m very English like that!
I’m still getting my head around this shift though… I mean, for most of your adult life, you are trying very hard NOT to get pregnant, and then suddenly you are thinking it would be OK… or more than OK, even. I used to take no chances… I used multiple types of contraception all at once at one stage. This lack of BC is worryingly new for someone who used it for years before they even had sex…
Post # 13
@Rachel631: For me at least, I don’t get those symptoms EVERY month.. just sometimes. The nausea, I do not get luckily… and maybe your next cycle will get better and better!
Post # 14
@FreckledFox: You know, the funny thing is… I woke up today and the worst of the nausea was gone. Really odd. Still itch and have painful boobs, but it seems to have switched off all of a sudden.
How weird is that?
Post # 15
@Rachel631: Wow, I hope the symptoms calm down for you soon! I have never used hormonal birth control, and my cycles are way more even-keel than that – I don’t think most women have to deal with anything quite so extreme during their normal cycles (but there are definitely some who do have intense symptoms, and I don’t mean to be dismissive of them in any way.)
If you are interested in getting to know your own cycle better as your body normalizes, you might look into the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler. It has a lot of great information you will probably find useful as you and your husband try to conceive. Even if you ultimately decide not to start charting, it’s still great to know what’s going on with your body and how to read secondary signals of ovulation so that you can take advantage of the timing and increase your chances of conception.
Post # 16
@KCKnd2: Thanks for this. I’ve heard this recommended by a few people on here. Clearly must be a good book!
My plan was to not worry about it for the first few months. Because we want a child born at the beginning of the school year (they tend to score higher on tests and perform better, because they are developmentally ahead), the plan was to stop trying for a bit if I’m not pregnant by then. At that point, I would consider charting in preparation for round 2!
At the moment I’m focusing on the stat that around a third of couples who TTC coming off the implant are supposedly pregnant in the first month, and two thirds in the first 3 months. Hope we’ll get lucky, I guess?