(Closed) Any one have the Implanon? Experiences?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Newbee

Hi there. I currently have the implanon, but have not experienced what you are going through. I haven’t had a period since it was put in about two years ago. I’m getting mine out in a couple of weeks since I’ve had other annoying side effects, ie weight gain, drastic mood swings, etc.

My friend, however, had the implanon as well (about two years) and experienced what you’re going through. She lived with it for a while, then her GYN put her on a pill with estrogen to try to regulate things along with keeping the implanon in. It didn’t work, and she eventually got fed up at took it out a month ago.

I’m not saying that it wont level out for you, because it definitely still could. You might just need to be paitent for a while. I know a lot of GYN’s wont really do a lot for you unless you’ve given it at least six months to try to regulate. Hope this helps!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Let me start by saying that everyone reacts to hormones differently.  

I LOVE my implant.  When I had it put it in, I was on my period and basically I had one extra long period but then didn’t have another period for the first year.  I’m now in year two and I occasionally get a “period” that is essentially spotting for a few days.  

I have another 18 months on mine.  I may or may not get another after this one runs out because that will be 6-12 months before we start TTC so I’d like to let my hormones reregulate when the time comes.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee

violet21293:  I had one put in five years ago and kept it in for three years, but it was AWFUL! I had about a week total each month that I didn’t need a tampon and I would still need a panty liner. I wish I had it removed earlier. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I have had mine for a year and a half.  For the 8-10 months, i had virtually no period, but i think this was becuase i previously had been using the depo shot, which can have long lasting side effects of no period.  after 8-10 months, i began spotting, and sometimes i can lightly spot for 4 weeks straight, but then not spot for three weeks.  it’s variable.  this doesn’t bother me too much.  i am always prepared with light pads! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I have had the Nexplanon implant (new form of Implanon) for about a year and a half. I really don’t like it. I’ve gained a ton of weight and fly off the handle over small things that didn’t bother me so much when I was on the Mirena. I have a period about every 60 days but they last for 3 weeks and spotting randomly throughout. It’s ruined all my underwear lol. Seeing these other reviews I think I’m going to have it taken out and another Mirena put it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I will mimick what a few others have said, in that everyone reacts differently. I love my Nexplanon! Ive had it almost two years – for entire first year I had no period at all. Now I have a light period every two or so months. It lasts for three years – we will be married one year when it expires and I’ll just have it taken out then so we can TTC. Sorry you havent had much luck with yours! 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have had Nexplanon for 6 months now and am not a fan so far. My Fiance and I joke that the reason its so effective is because you never have sex while on it! Haha. 

Its like shark week basically 24/7. I have had maybe a total of one month put together that I haven’t been bleeding since I have had the implant. It has also really diminished my sex drive. We never ever had this issue before and then it happened all of a sudden after the implant. 

I am going to stick it out the year and see if the bleeding slows down because that’s what I’ve heard from a lot of women. But everyone reacts differently to birth control.  If bleeding excessively is an issue for you, ask your gyne about prescriving a week or so of oral estrogen. It can sometimes be enough to even out your cycle and stop the bleeding.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had one for three years abd I only ever had light spotting about twice a year however it also killed my sex drive and I gained 20kg so it wasn’t the best option for me 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Loved it. Had a couple of days of light bleeding every couple of months. Never had a pregnancy scare. Had it taken out in early Nov and was pregnant 2 months later. 

I gained some weight but it was worth it because I was anemic before from awful periods, and had horrible pain. I’ve lost a lot of the weight since coming off it, even while pregnant it’s still dropping off. Sex drive was higher on the implant than before, and has plummeted now I’m pregnant. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Like has been said, everyone responds differently to the hormones.  If you don’t like it, have it taken out in the relative near future.  Most docs make you keep it for 3-6 months (the “typical” adjustment period) before they will take it out.  Depending on when you had it put in in January, you should be hitting the 3 month mark soon.  

FWIW, my understanding is that one of the plusses is that when the first one dies, if you get a second put in, you don’t have a second adjustment period.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

I’ve had my Nexplanon for about a month, and I am also having pretty near constant spotting. I have not had my usual very heavy period though, and I vastly prefer a few weeks of spotting to one big ugly period. My doctor warned me about it and I use a cup, so it doesn’t really bother me much. I’m assuming it will drop off in a couple of months, and I’ll gladly pay that price for 3 years of birth control. I don’t know if I’ll lose my period like some report, but I’m fine with having a light one. 

Like I said, I use a cup, the Instead, and you can have sex with that in, so the bleeding doesn’t bother me much. I forget about it most days. My sex drive is down a little, but I have lost weight with it so far. I was very hormonally hungry and ate badly for the first couple of weeks (like PMS and period hormonal), and gained about two pounds, but once that initial hormone shock wore off and I re-applied myself to my diet and exercise regimen, I’ve shed those pounds and am back on track weightloss wise (I’ve lost 15 pounds since January). Diet and exercise (or lack there of) are what determine how much weight you gain or lose. The hormones might make you want to eat, but only you put the food in your mouth or not or choose to be active or not. Weight gain or loss isn’t magical, it’s calories in calories out. (I know I’ll get some flack for saying that, but you can’t escape physics.)

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