Anyone have the birth control arm implant?

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

following, cause im honestly super curious about the implant as well. I considered it before i decided to go with the pill.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I have endometriosis and PCOS. Take my story with a grain of salt because I have had terrible reactions to every form of BC I’ve tried, but I had the implant for about 8 months and it was horrible. The only BC that was worse for me was the depo shot. It didn’t help my pain and increased my depression, as well as causing me to spot almost constantly the entire time I had it. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I had the nexplanon implant. It almost killed me.

I had it for about 1.5 years and LOVED it. No periods, acne went away, pms was gone, protection from pregnancy, and I didn’t have to remember to keep going to get a shot and taking a pill.

I guess in the second year the hormones slowly start to “ween off”, my gyno said it’s not like it’s a constant flow of hormones from year one to three. It was in this time that I slipped into a major depressive episode that lasted me about 8 months, or until I finally had the damn thing removed. I didn’t know that the implant was causing it, I honestly wasn’t even aware I was depressed, and just ended up blaming my low mood/energy/moactivation on myself (another symptom of depression). I honestly started contemplating suicide. It was a really scary time. I was in the process of getting a psych referral when I had a routine OBGYN check up, and when he asked me how I was I was honest, and he pulled it out of my arm that day. Within 3 days I was feeling SO much better- it was like a fog had been lifted. 

Im so glad he took it out because I was about to head down a long road of anti depressants and counseling. 

I’m now on Lo lo estrin and while it doesn’t stop my periods, it makes them MUCH lighter and my endomitriosis more bearable. And, if my mood ever resembles what it was before, I can just STOP taking the pill. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I had nexplanon, because a friend of mine recommended it. My best friend and I both got on it at the same time and we both had a terrible experience.

 

For me, I just couldn’t stop bleeding. I was spotting constantly for 3+ months, became anemic and hypoglycemic. Finally I got off of it and I avidly recommend against it anytime someone brings it up. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

lynnnie :  I was struggling with anemia and hypoglycaemia too while on nexplanon. I’ve always had glucose issues due to PCOS and very heavy bleeding because endo, but I think the nexplanon really exacerbated those issues.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

sf618b :  I don’t have endo so can’t comment from that side. However, I had the implant for about a year and a half. The first year was good but the next 6 months were awful. My periods came back and were more irregular than before. I’d be on for a few hours, then off for a few days, then on for a few days, off for a day, on for a week, off for 3. There was no planning, no routine to any of them. The doctor gave me the pill to try and regulate my period, which didn’t really work. I’m also not sure if it was the added hormones from the pill or just the implant but I was really emotional. I’d hear a story on the news or an advert and I’d burst into tears. And it was big heaving sobs. When I was driving or out. The hormones also gave me some pretty major mood swings. When I went to have it out because it was seriously messing me up, the doctor made me feel terrible for not using it for it’s full life cycle but I figured I was needing the pill as well so I was using more resources. Oh, it also killed my sex drive. I pretty sure the main way it works as a contraceptive is just by ensuring abstinence. I had such a bad experience with hormonal birth control that we decided to go back to condoms.

On the other hand, my friend is on her 3rd consecutive implant. She’s had no periods for years, not put on any weight, had no hormonal breakdowns, no pregnancy scares, no breakouts. She loves it. It’s either 100% hit or 100% miss and there doesn’t seem to be an in between with the implant.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - Seattle, WA

I’m about to have my third one put in (had them for six years total) – the first six months I had irregular periods and then my body kinda figured itself out. I love it. I never want to use anything else.

 

I have levels of estrogen so my options are quite limited – originally I took it purely because I was inconsistent taking the pill and wanted to ensure I was always covered. I know plenty of people have varied experience but for my two cents it’s brilliant. My best friend got hers with me when I was getting my second one in and she loves it too. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

sf618b :  Im 11 weeks PP. I feel great now, recovery from a c section was rough for a good two to three weeks, but after i got the staples out i felt SO much better. I go back to work on the sixth of May so im just really gonna try and enjoy this last week of maternity leave. 

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