(Closed) Implanon® ?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I just went to my OB/GYN for bc today and we discussed birth control since I was using a diaphragm and spermicide and had a close call.  I had heard about it on here when I asked for bc advice and asked my Dr. about it.  I did a little research myself and it didn’t sound like anything I wanted.  Anyway, you’re right – it’s not available in Canada.  My Dr. said that you can see it through your skin as it kind of sticks out.  Sometimes, inserting it requires stitches.  She googled images of it and it did not look great.  I can’t imagine wearing sleeveless tops in the summer and have people see it in my arm.  Yuck!!! 

I ruled that one out altogther.  I could’ve gone to the States to get it, I’m sure. 

I opted for the Nuva ring and, if I don’t like that, I’m going to switch to the pill. 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have implanon and it is wonderful.  I have very few complaints about it.  I don’t know disagree with BanditGirl’s doctor about some of the things that can happen during insertion and after but I will tell my own experience

Insertion was completely painless.  I did not feel anything at all.  They injected the spot on my arm with a localized anesthetic called lidocaine.  The strip itself is about the size and dimension of a match stick and it is completely invisible and you can only tell it’s there if I press on the spot on the inside of my upper arm where it is located.  Healing from the insertion was the same as healing from having my blood drawn.  Any sign that I had had the procedure was gone within a week and I had no tenderness or anything.

The implant gives me almost fool-proof protection for 3 years, at which time I have to have it replaced.  I am due to have it replaced October of next year and I definitely will.  The negative side effects that I have experienced are irregular periods and some dizziness in the first month.  The dizziness went away completely but I still have irregular periods.  Some months I get no period at all and others I spot a lot and have a longer than average period.  My period in general is MUCH lighter than it was before, so much so that I can go for days on it just wearing a panty liner or a junior tampon.  I do not find the irregular periods to be very much of a hassle and definitely worth the protection.

Other than those side effects, I nearly forget I have it.  I never worry that I am pregnant and I never have to remember to do anything to maintain my protection.  It is wonderful and I am SO glad I have it!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@peasantsong: I only know really vaguely of this, but I’m hoping to switch off my BC pills soon. Can you have the implant removed once it’s in or does it dissolve or how does it work?

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like notarobot said, it’s invisible under the skin in your arm unless you push on it – then you can usually see it (and feel it if you rub on the skin in the exact spot where it sits).  The biggest side effect is irregular bleeding, and that lasts the entire 3 years that it’s in place, unless the Mirena where that effect wears off after the first 3-6 months.  It’s a great effective form of BC if you are ok with the unpredictable bleeding, and MUCH more effective the diaphragm, pills, or the ring.  I’m still an IUD fan myself . . . (I’m an ob/gyn =)

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

One of the implanon photos my OB/GYN showed me.

 

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My personal feeling – if i can’t remove or discontinue the use of the birth control method I’ve chosen myself, it’s not going in my body!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bakerella: I have not had my implanon removed yet, but removal requires going back to see your ob/gyn.  They will again use a localized numbing agent, make a very small and shallow incision and remove the implant. It does not dissolve.

 

@BanditGirl: I am almost positive that that the woman in that picture was either a test subject for how to implant implanon or it was implanted by a doctor that does not know how to do it.  Implanon CAN be visible on people who are very thin or have very low body fat.  But that implant just looks incorrectly inserted.  Correctly inserted, it should lie between your bicep and your tricep muscles and that is nearly all the way up her bicep.  Another possibility is that the implant traveled, which is possible too I suppose.  Regardless, that did not happen to me and it is likely very rare. 

As far as long term birth control, I can’t think of any that you can remove yourself.  If you’re looking for long term birth control, your options are an IUD, an implant, or sterilization (which is obviously permanent).  I chose the implant because I have a very sensitive cervix and was afraid of the initial pain of an IUD.  I am definitely very happy with my choice.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am also on Implanon, and I love it.  Just like notarobot, insertion for me was completely painless.  I didn’t even realize the doctor had already started by the time she was finished!  I did have some pretty severe bruising and a little bit of tenderness, but it faded quickly, just like with any bruise.  The only way now that anyone can tell it’s there is if I poke at it, in which case it shows through the skin, or if they know what the tiny little scar on my arm means.  Otherwise it’s completely unnoticeable.

I’ve had mine for four months, and so far the only side effect I’ve had is that my period lasts much longer, but it’s in general much lighter, too.

I love my Implanon and don’t ever want to go back.  I don’t have to worry about remembering to take my pill ever (I don’t have to think about it at all!), and yet it’s the most effective birth control on the market.  I love it.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I actually just had mine removed after three years! I had a wonderful experience with it and have recommended for many of my friends!! You could not see the Implanon under my skin unless I put pressure on the area to show it, but the Dr. who removed said mine was put in wonderfully. Removal really was painless – it came out on Tuesday and the mini scar/mark is already starting to fade! It will look like mabe a tiny chicken pox scar at most. Having had a great experience with insertion, 3 years of protection and removal, I just though tI would share my 2 cents!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had my Implanon in for about 2 1/2 yrs. Insertion wasn’t a problem and you couldn’t see it in my arm at all. That said, my friend has one and she’s built like a matchstick and you can see hers. I must have a bit more meat on my bones! You can feel it as it just sits under the skin but it doesn’t move around or anything.

Initially it was really good (without any B/C I have very painful heavy periods) I had much lighter periods, less pain but I did have some light spotting in between periods.

The longer I had it in however, my periods started lasting for longer and longer and eventually they’d just cycle through again (heavier, light, ooh I think it’s going away, NOPE, it’s starting all over again!) which was frustrating cos it was like constantly having your period. Anyhoo, I went to the doctor and they told me that my body wasn’t producing enough hormone to make my period go away naturally so I had to start taking a tablet daily… then I figured if I was taking a tablet every day I should just go back on the pill.

I had my implant removed, it was pain free and the only creepy thing was feeling my skin pull up as the doctor removed it.

I’m having Depo Provera injections every 3 months now which is super convenient. The good thing about Implanon is that it goes in and you don’t have to think about it or do anything for another 3 yrs. Convenient to the max!

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