(Closed) Birth Control Help!!! Please?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have the arm implant (nexplanon) and I lovvveee it (and didnt hurt at all to get implanted, just a little bruising and sore for a few days afterwards but nothing out of control). I don’t know what your reaction to it might be but I’ve had nothing but good experiences.  Honestly I was nervous to start with it because I know that about half of women get continuous bleeding after the implant and about half either stop having periods or just have very light periods so I was hesitant because I didn’t know which I would be.  Luckily I ended up in the second category and have only had 2-3 really light periods in the six months that I have had the implant.  I like it because you don’t have to remember to take it everyday and it lasts 3 years but you can get it taken out anytime that you would like.  I don’t know if that helps you, but thats been my good birth control experience! good luck finding something that works for you!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did hear that it was a possibility, but I think its pretty much the same odds as with any birth control.  I haven’t had any weight gain (well I have, but not because of the implant, just because of holidays/birthdays/finals haha). I did a TON of research about it before I decided on the implant and I was nervous because everything that I read online was about half love and half hate but I decided it would be worth a shot and worst comes to worst its easy to take out. Do you have any other questions I might be able to answer about it?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

With your Mirena, was the problem with the hormones? I had a copper IUD and absolutely loved it. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChellFish22:  haha no its totally fine! I wish I would have been able to ask a real person questions before I got mine too!

 

Getting the implant didn’t hurt at all, they put it in your non-dominant arm about 2-3 inches from the inside of your elbow.  I know that different doctors do it differently but mine just gave me a lidocane injection to numb the inside of my arm and then she took a small tube like thing that holds the implant (imagine something that looks kind of like a battery powered thermometer) that she held against my skin that just pushed the implant in.  I know that some places do it by hand so you can feel tugging on your skin but it would still be numbed so I doubt it would hurt that way either.  

 

 

I did bruise a bit afterwards and it was sore for about a week while it was healing but really only if you touched it or banged it on something just like a bruise would hurt.  I don’t know why but for some reason I decided to take pictures of the bruises I had (probably for reasons like this) but the top picture is one that I took about 2 days after the implant and the bottom one I just took right now in my kitchen but you can see that it has totally healed except for a tiny tiny scar that you would never notice if you weren’t looking for it.

 

 

 

I haven’t had any bad (or really any…) cramps at all, possibly due to the fact that I’ve really only had two real periods since I got it. I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin but I don’t have beautifully wonderful skin to begin with (its usually okay but I do still get pimples pretty often) so I don’t know if you start with perfect skin what it might do.  I did remember feeling a little nauseous for the first little while after getting it, but I also used to get super nauseous with the pill. I think it was just my body adjusting to the new implant and hormones because after a week or two I was fine and I haven’t felt nauseous since then.  

 

 

I haven’t had any change in sex drive, the only thing I have noticed and this is totally Too Much Information but we have to use lube more than we used to because I dont feel as *ahem* stretchy down there and I get sore BUT that is a problem I had on the pill as well so I can’t say if that is from the implant or just BC in general for me. 

 

 

And there you have my schpeal complete with photos haha but seriously I hope it helped and if you want to know anything else let me know!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you given any thought to Fertility Awareness Method (FAM?) It relies on the natural signs of your body and if you’re disciplined, with some practice it is very affective. Hormonal birth control just doesn’t necessarily work for everyone and there can be a lot of side affects. There’s a lot of myths and misinformation out there about FAM, but I think its definitely worth some research, particularly if you’ve had all of the problems you’ve alluded to.

I highly reccomend “Taking Charge of your Fertility.” 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I had problems with every single pill on the market. I’m on the patch now, and I love it. The only downside is during the summer, putting the patch in a place where it’s not visable while swimming. But you put a patch on once a week, for three week a month, and then take it off you and you get your period in the week. It’s turned my period into three days of light spotting and only one day of cramps (I used to get awful cramping three or four days that would keep me in bed, and my doctor says most people get rid of cramps completely.) 

I haven’t had any issues with side effects, no weight gain (And I gained like 25 pounds on the pill), nothing major.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChellFish22:  Also I wanted to add that there are two kinds of implant– implanon and nexplanon, as far as I know they are exactly the same thing (a progestogen implant not estrogen) but the only difference is that the nexplanon (which I have) has a little bit of barium sulphate in its core so that (heaven forbid) it gets dislodged and migrate somewhere it is detectable by x-ray which the implanon is not.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChellFish22:  haha yeah but only for a few days 🙂 just don’t let your SO lay on it in the night or you’ll be upset (been there done that!)

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@ChellFish22:  nope, no issues! 90 percent of the time I put mine on my butt, and once it’s on there, it’s on there. I check it every time I shower, just to make sure it’s all in place, but other then that I just forget about it. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I used the Nuvaring for a while and absolutely loved it! It’s time released and hormonal, you can take it out for 5 hour stretches (if it feels weird during sex for example) and still be totally covered or you can skip the out week and skip your periods with it (definitely my favorite part!).

Mood wise I was actually much more stable on it – I have ever increasingly bad premenstral symptoms (3 out of 4 weeks, flu like symptons including fever, chills and muscle aches, and the absolutely horrid mood swings – for most of the month! FFS) not to mention cramps so bad I’ve spent most of my period in and out of medical facilities since I was twelve. Finally got a doctor to tell me that BC would help and settled on the Ring with my Gyno (I’d tried the Shot before and suffered constant bleeding, no thanks).

Wonderful! Clearer skin, my life was mine again and not entirely overshadowed by constant pms and no horrible side effects on my libido. Plus my periods (before I started skipping) became much lighter and my cramps improved immensely. Only problem I had was the insertion is usually really awkward for me.

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