(Closed) Arm implant birth control

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Isn’t this method no longer available due to FDA regulations? I don’t remember…

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Um, that sounds kinda convenient and cool to me! Could you just call your obgyn’s office and talk to a nurse over the phone about it? usually they’ll do consults like that and just talk about the BC with you, but to get an Rx you’ll have to come in.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

OOOOH I have this! I can answer all your questions! 

Yes, it is more than 99% effective for 3 years. It’s more effective than all other forms of birth control because there is no chance for user error.

No one has ever gotten pregnant while using it. 

How much it is depends on your insurance. Mine was a few hundred dollars, but I was previously paying $25/ a month as a copay for the Pill.

They do inject it like a big shot, but they numb the whole area first. It took maybe five minutes and that was only to wait for the numbing agent to start working. 

 

This isn’t the thing that got pulled by the FDA, that was Norplant. This is “Implanon”, and it’s been used in Europe and Australia for over a decade before it got approved here.

 

I’m happy to answer anyone else’s questions too! 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Nexus-6, do you menstruate on it? Or are you just period free? Cuz that would be uh-mazing

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Other stuff about it:

I love having it; not having to take a pill or anything for 3 years is awesome. 

For most women, it makes your period stop after the first year. For the first year, you period gets a lot lighter, and cramps are less bad. It does make your period a little irregular, and I often have very light spotting even when it’s not “period week.” But I just wear a pantyliner, so it’s no big deal. 

You’ll have to find a doctor in your area who is trained to put it in; my regular gyno didn’t do it. 

It feels like a little matchstick under your arm, and once it’s healed, you forget it’s there. My arm was sore and bruised for about a week, but it healed just fine. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have Implanon and I love it!

It’s put in through a shot.. it’s a biiiig needle.. but you can’t feel it because of the local anesthetic. I haven’t even had the slightest pregnancy scare and don’t know anyone who has gotten pregnant with it.

I don’t know how much it cost because I just paid my insurance’s copay for it.. was something like 150 dollars.

You can go to the website for more info! 

@Miss Burgandy: Norplant is no longer available but Implanon is. Norplant had 5 bars and lasted 5 years, Implanon is just 1 bar and lasts 3 years.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

About the period questions.. I didn’t have a period at all for the first year on it. I’ve started getting one now though and it’s completely regular, three days long, no cramps.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

It’s still hormonal birth control, I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclin before. I didn’t gain weight or have my mood fluctuate crazy or anything by switching. Ortho made my skin clear, but I haven’t had big breakouts with this, mostly my skin seems about the same.

I feel like an infomercial, but seriously I love not having to think about birth control. I’d check out the website if you’re curious: Implanon . 

I’m happy to answer anybody else’s questions 🙂

EDIT to say that I’ve had it since about September, or about 6 months so far.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Huh…interesting! I had no idea there was a brand aside from Norplant. I was totally interested in Norplant until it got pulled from the market.

I will be asking my gyno about this the next time I go in! I’m currently on Ortho Tri-Cyclin and she told me to take a few packs back to back to see if I was a good candidate for Seasonale- since I expressed interest in really not having periods and I’m not planning to have kids for like 10 years.

Thanks for the information!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Awesome, this is what I am considering doing.  Good to hear that it doesn’t really hurt because I am considering between Implanon and Mirena and it sounds like Mirena insertion is pretty painful. 

Did you get cramping after the insertion for Implanon or is that only because Mirena goes in the uterus?

I love that it gets rid of your period. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@kericita That’s just because mirena is in your uterus. Implanon is in your arm. My arm hurt but after I got it put in but my uterus felt fine, ha!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

OMG!!  I love this discussion, I was going to get it and my gyno said I was a good candidate but then my insurance wouldn’t cover it and my gyno said it would be really high but it doesn’t sound that bad I pay $10/month now, oh man I really want this now.

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