(Closed) Any bees with the contraceptive implant?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@aussiebride26:  I personally do not have it but I have a friend who did. It got lost in her body and she had to have exploratory surgery twice because they could not find it from x-rays or whatever. She also got a massive blood clot in her leg and was hospitalized for weeks. So needless to say, I will never be trying that one. Get mirena.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve got it and I totally love it! I’ve had it for 5 years now. What do you want to know about it? 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I have it and I love it!!  Like peasantsong I’m currently on my second one, used it for about 5 years in total. 

 

The insertion process is largely painless because they numb the area; you might feel a slight pinch and your arm will be sore (maybe even bruised) for the first few days. You should be able to feel it under your skin (not so shallow that you can see it, just be able to feel it when you pinch your “arm fat”)

 

The extraction was much tougher than insertion, it will depend on how shallow your doctor inserted it.  My doctor tried to remove it using a really tiny hole and it took him forever to fish it out, he almost gave up after a few tries (mind you I was numb so I couldn’t feel it, but I didn’t watch it so don’t know how bad it bled or anything) but I asked him to just make a larger cut (about half a centimeter so not really big by any means).  So there’s some small scarring, but because the cut was clean and not very large, it healed smoothly without needing stitches or anything.

 

As for experience, I haven’t noticed any large side effects with the exception of an abnormal period.  There is a LOT of variation with this.  For me, I dont have a regular period anymore, I never have heavy bleeding but for almost every day I will spot, occasionally I will have a week or two where I’m not bleeding at all and then it will start up again.  It got so frequent that I actually developed anemia… but I am stubborn and after seeing a doctor and stuff I just ended up taking iron supplements and am all good now.  My doctor also prescribed me something to take (estradol maybe?) to stop the bleeding which I intend to utilize before the wedding.  So.. pretty big side effect, but the ease of use and lack of other side effects were just worth it to me.  Hope that doesn’t scare you off from it; lots of people also report their period going away completely (which I was definitely hoping for when I first got it!).

 

I’m happy to answer any other questions 🙂

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My experience was largely the same as elysion.  The insertion was a piece of cake both times and I didn’t feel a thing.  The extraction took a bit longer and there was some difficulty getting it out, but it wasn’t painful at all since they numb the area and it came out after about 5-10 minutes of fishing around.  I haven’t had any noticable side effects except with my period.  The first time around, I experienced a lot of breakthrough spotting like elysion.  It was never a lot.  It was kind of like the normal amount of discharge I have daily, just instead of being clear discharge it was colored.   I didn’t have it every single day, but I did usually have it 2 weeks total out of the month.  I was totally ok with it though and it never hindered my sex life.  This time around, I basically haven’t bled at all.  I honestly can’t remember the last period or spotting I had but I believe it may have been about a year ago.  I’m pretty stoked about that!  I plan on getting my implant replaced every 3 years until that we’re ready for my husband to have a vasectomy.  I love not having to remember a pill.  I’m really bad at remembering to take any pill and since I’m CBC, I don’t feel comfortable with that level of human error.  I also have a super duper sensitive cervix and the thought of getting an IUD scares me with how painful I think it will be.  Implanon is definitely the best choice for me right now.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My aunt had it and it broke in her arm and she got REALLY sick. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@harperlynn:  How did it break??  I can’t imagine how mine would ever break.  It’s so flexible that the nurse bent it in half to demonstrate it’s flexibility to me and it didn’t break then.  That is weird!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@peasantsong:  I have no idea! I can ask her the details of it! What I remember is that the implant broke in her arm (for whatever reason) and all of the medicine released and she ended up in the hospital for a couple days. My mom was the one who told me about it and she said my aunt got VERY sick. 

Maybe google and see if other people experienced this problem?

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have Nexplanon and have had it since November. It did hurt during the insertion but nothing unbearable. My arm was bruised for a few days afterward. I have had no negative experiences thus far. I have done depo, the pill, and this and I definitely like this the best so far. I actually haven’t had my period on it, which was the same with depo. Which is NICE! I haven’t gained any weight, which I am prone to. It is so nice to be able to not think about taking a pill every day, or even get a shot every three months. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@aussiebride26:  honestly whatever birth control you get there are always risks and people with horror stories. I really just don’t like the idea of putting somethin like that in my arm. It’s weird and it freaks me out you can feel it in there. I really like mirena and nuva ring as well.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@aussiebride26:  maybe look at the FDA information? There are side effects of all medicines though.

I read some interesting info but I don’t want to freak you out!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@peasantsong:  I just realized that I said “I experienced a lot of break through spotting” but that it was “never a lot”.  I meant that I experienced it frequently, but it wasn’t in high volume, so to speak. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had it and would NEVER have it again, firstly i gained a lot of weight, and if that wasn’t bad enough i had constant periods, they could last up to 10 weeks!!!! i kept going back to the doctors and they said it needed time to settle into my body, 9 months later i gave up, and had it taken out. I will say everyone is different and some people love it, it just didn’t love me. 

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