(Closed) Implanon – the arm implant birth control?

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@GreenEyedMoon:  That is really unfortunate, I am so sorry to hear that!  Maybe because I live in liberal commie california? 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

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@peasantsong:  Thanks for sharing!

I am low income as I’m self-employed, but if they’re considering my husband that ruins it for me.  Does anyone have any input – I’d love to be able to take advantage of my meager salary if I can.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

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@peasantsong:  Ah, that might be it.  Here in Texas, we shoot any Commies we see before they have a chance to hand out free birth control.  Sigh.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@Blanche:  Not to advocate dishonesty,but planned parenthood never asked me for proof of income or, like, a joint tax return or anything. They just asked me how much I made and told me I didn’t have to pay anything. Basically, what I’m saying is you all should just visit the Planned Parenthood in my town. I’ve apparently got the hookup. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

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@peasantsong:  haha I like your style, ma’am.

He and I are married, but I haven’t legally changed my name and we haven’t joined accounts of any kind, so I plan to approach them without my wedding rings on and see what happens.  Wish me luck… because LAWD KNOWS I dont want to pay $800 for this.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I looked into it but my brother and sister have both had blood clots so I’m not willing to take on the risk. Weight gain and messed up periods are to be expected according to the manufacturer. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

Got it. Love it. On my 2nd and wouldn’t have anything else!

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I don’t have Implanton, but I did get my birth control at a local California PP. My deductable is quite high, but I was told that they have programs that give free birth control options to low income, no insurance but can’t get medical, or people who can’t afford their deductable. I went and it was super easy! I got an IUD for free.

Post # 25
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Helper bee

I’m going to get my second put in in a few days. Aside from a few weeks of very light bleeding in the beginning I have had no periods since. I had no major side-effect and found it a wonderful relief never to have to worry about contraception. I can’t believe how expensive it is in the US! It’s costing me around 300 total for them implant, removal of the old one and insertion of the new one. And that’s at a private clinic without a student/low income discount.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I just made an appointment with PP and cancelled with my regular gyn.  They told me that PP will charge me anywhere from $0-835 depending on my income, and since my insurance wants even more than that I figure I’d at least try.  Being self-employed makes me poor but very, very happy 🙂  Will update!

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I have not been on it personally, but I had 2 friends who both gained weight on it. one was able to lose the weight, the other is still trying.  

I considered it, and will likely try that route after I am done having kids– but since we want children in the next few years, it’s not the most cost effective choice for us right now. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had the implanon.  The insertion wasn’t as bad as the removal.  I have scar tissue at the insertion site; it still throbs with pain occasionally that feels like a sore muscle.   I didn’t get any weight gain.  I think with any birth control; you really need to be careful to monitor what you eat/how you exercise.  What I didn’t like with it was the spotting…lots of it at the begining and then, the end.  It would last for weeks.  Ugh.  Other than that, you wouldn’t really know what side effects you would have until you get it.  I definitely reccomend it for the convenience factor and the high rate of protection against pregnancies. 

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I wanted to add in this thread that the Affordable Care Act enacted some legislation on Women’s Preventive Care; basically Implanon is on a list of outpatient contraceptives that must be covered at 100% by healthcare providers.  The only catch is that even though the legislation went into effect on 8/1 of this year, some (many? I don’t know) companies have chosen to implement it at your renewal date.  That is, instead if the benefits going into effect on 8/1, if your renewal date is 9/1 or say 1/1, your benefits won’t change until 9/1/12 or 1/1/13.  It’s worth calling up your insurance company if you are thinking of getting implanon (or any contraceptive really; iud, the pill, depo, etc.) to see when these benefits go into effect for you!!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Thanks for all of the feedback from Implanon users. I wasn’t really aware of Implanon before seeing this thread last week, but since then I’ve done a lot of research and had a consultation with my doctor and decided to get it inserted this Friday. I’ve seen a lot of positive feedback, so I hope it will work well for me too. I’ll come back and update this thread after insertion and once I’ve been able to try it for a while.

I am kind of worried about the irregular/constant bleeding side effect though. If that happens to me long term, I will probably have it removed early and look into trying an IUD. I’ve been on the pill previously and never had any negative side effects (and it gave me shorter lighter periods). Does anyone know if that means I probably won’t get a lot of side effects from Implanon?

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had it for a year before removing it. I really wanted to like it b/c I didn’t have any extra bleeding (or any bleeding) and it was convenient. I had to take it out b/c it caused a 15-pound weight gain in 10 months, along with terrible back acne.

On another note, before I put it in my blood pressure was off the charts good, and when they took it before they took implanon out it was unusually high. Not sure if it’s a result since I haven’t had it taken since I took it out in May.

I have a girlfriend who has it also + loves it, so it’s definitely something that responds differently for others. That’s just my experience. Good luck! It seems like it works well for a lot of girls!

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