(Closed) Implanon – the arm implant birth control?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I’m getting mine in 10 days; commenting here so I can come back and give an update!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have implanon!  I will copy/paste from a response I made to a different thread.

I’m on implanon and love love love it! I’m on my second implant now, so I’ve had it for 4 years. It’s effective, no risk of user error, no weight gain, loss of libido, or crazy mood swings. The last time I had the implant, I bled often but not a lot. This time, I’m hardly bleeding at all. If haven’t so much as spotted since April. It’s perfect for me. Also, you may want to check out planned parenthood for it if you’re interested. I paid nothing for my implant except a $20 voluntary donation.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

@peasantsong:  Can I be nosey and ask how you got it for ‘free’?  I have excellent heath care coverage and still have to meet my deductible before they’ll pick up any of my implant.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i have it too, since last dec. I bled a bit for a month or so but after that i get a light period here and there. im pretty happy with it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@Blanche:  I, also, have to meet my deductible before I can get any kind of discount.

Even then, I was given a 900 dollar estimate! Sheesh. LOL.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Blanche:  I think because she went to Planned Parenthood as stated in the post…

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

@RayRayFurious:  Yeah I see where she said that but most PP’s charge at LEAST $400, but I’m sure it varies by location.  

 

I’m paying $834 out of pocket for mine and I’ll be damned if I’m paying this when I can get it for free somewhere else.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I love my Implanon!  I’ve had it for two years.  I paid completely out of pocket because I had no health insurance when I got it, but it was the best thousand bucks I’ve ever spent.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I thought PP was based on a sliding scale according to your income… The less income…the less you pay. And the prices on their website are based on ranges, so you could pay more or less depending on things like the area.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’m also copying/pasting my response because it’s kind of lengthy… bottom line is I love my Implanon 🙂

I use Implanon — the one side effect I’ve had is constant spotting and irregular periods (although I very rarely have a “full on” heavy flow).  Another side effect is not getting your period anymore, but that didn’t happen for me, obviously.  If you do constantly spot, you run the risk of developing anemia (which I did after about 2 years), which can be countered by making sure you get enough iron in your diet or taking vitamin supplements.

BUT even though that one effect is inconvenient and needs to be watched for, I’ve had no other side effects (no weight gain, no change in libido, no change in acne or whatever, etc.) and I don’t have to remember to take a pill at the same time blah blah blah for 3 years!  And in studies it’s been found to be more effective than sterilization, which is crazy.  I love it and I’m on my second one right now!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I absolutely loved my Implanon, and had it for 2.5 years. I had it removed 6 months early because it did cause me to develop ovarian cysts that were pretty painful. Cysts are a side effect, but it took me 2.5 years to develop them. Other than that I had no issues with weight gain/libido. After I have children, I will probably have another implant put in. My body just needed a break and my cysts went away about a month after the implant was removed. My period returned to normal after getting it out, as well. Since side effects are different for everyone, I think it would be great for you to try it out and see how it goes!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Blanche:  Yes, I got it for free because at the time, I qualified as low income.  I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t make a lot of money but is interested in implanon check out planned parenthood. 

@elysion:  My experience for the first implant was basically the same as yours.  Lots of constant light spotting and rarely a period.  This time, I am experiencing the no period side effect.  I have a feeling that as I get closer to the time when I have to remove it, I will start spotting more and more. 

As far as insertion and removal: insertion is a breeze.  The most painful part is when they stick you with the lidocaine.  After that, I can’t feel anything.  Removal hurt a little bit and it certainly took a lot longer.  The nurse made a small incision and used tweezer looking things to sort of fish the implant out.  It felt kind of gross and made me a little sick watching it and seeing the tweezers move around under my skin, but it didn’t hurt very bad. The timing is about 5 minutes start to finish for insertion and 20 minutes start to finish for removal. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@peasantsong:  What???  I had to pay the whole amount when I got it at Planned Parenthood, and I was unemployed and had zero income at the time.  🙁

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