(Closed) Implanon – the arm implant birth control?

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 32
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Busy bee

Question for all you ladies who have it… Can you feel it under your skin? And where exactly do they insert it? Is my understanding correct that it is approximately the same as a canine microchip in terms of size? I think I would be really freaked out of something like that wiggling around under my skin. Thanks in advance!

Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

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@ShiftedLobster:  You can feel it under your skin.. in fact if you can’t then that is a bad sign!  It doesn’t like stick out or anything; for me if I pinch the area a bit I can feel it.  It’s important that it is superficial enough for you to feel it, otherwise it could get “lost” in your arm.  I don’t know about a canine chip… but it is about the size of a small matchstick.  Hope that helps!

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@VAwife:  I’m coming back to update since I had it inserted on Friday (4 days ago). I can’t comment on the side effects yet, but I’ll share my experience of the insertion process.

The insertion was relatively easy. My doctor used local anesthetic before inserting the actual Implanon. The insertion didn’t hurt at all, but the local anesthetic injection was a little painful because it had to go so deep under the skin. I didn’t watch the insertion (turned my head away and breathed deeply) and I highly recommend this if you have problems with needles because from my understanding of the insertion process, it would be kind of scary to watch.

After the implant was inserted, my doctor put on a bandaid and a pressure bandage. I wore the pressure bandage for 24 hrs and still have the bandaid (she said to wear it until I can’t stand it anymore!). I really didn’t have very much pain from the insertion at all. My arm was a little sore Friday night and Saturday, but I found that I could avoid any pain by avoiding anything touching the area around the implant or lifting anything.  I did a good amount of cardio exercise on both Friday and Saturday, but I just modified everything to avoid using my arms to make sure everything healed properly. I have some bruising that extends past the bandaid, but my doctor said that’s normal and it’s really not that big.

Also, I’m not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but my doctor said that if I experienced a side-effect of too much bleeding they would give me a short-course of estrogen pills and that normally calms things down to normal bleeding levels or less. However, this doesn’t solve the possible problem of irregular bleeding.

If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, feel free to ask. 🙂

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@ShiftedLobster:  The Implanon is about the size of a matchstick. The dimensions are 40mm long and 2mm thick. It’s inserted in the inside of your upper non-dominant arm (right for me because I’m lefthanded). In order for it to be effective, you need to be able to feel the implant. If you can’t feel it, then the doctor will have to remove it immediately. I think this is a rare situation, but the newest version of Implanon (Nexplanon) can be seen on X-rays, so if the implant does move your doctor should be able to find and remove it.

When I first had it inserted on Friday, the doctor made sure I could feel it. Honestly, it felt so strange to touch the implant. It doesn’t move or wiggle when you touch it, but it’s slightly raised and you do feel it. I’m starting to get used to the feeling now and I’m sure it will seem totally normal pretty soon. Even though I can feel the implant, neither I nor my husband can see it in my arm.

 

Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hope this goes well for you!

I had an implanon inserted about a year and a half ago. I went from having very light periods (minimal bleeding maybe 2 or 2.5 days) to having irregular bleeding that exceeded the periods I’d had before implanon, happening about every other week. I discussed this with my Dr and she had me take a couple courses of estrogen tabs (which were not covered by my insurance even though implanon was, and were something like $6-$10 each pill). They would help for a little while, and then the spotting/bleeding would resume. I was also an emotional wreck (not the first time I’ve had that problem with hormonal birth control). I also work at a gym and have fairly low bodyfat (hence the low periods pre-implanon) and did have some problems w being able to feel (and see one end of) the implant and the area getting irritated when I was lifting or doing kickboxing. Nothing incredibly problematic, just annoying.

We waited about 6 months to see if things would settle down after your hormone levels stabilize but they did not so I had it removed. Removal was definitely trickier than insertion – they had some difficulty finding the end and getting a good grip on it to pull it out – but was generally the same procedure. Hope this goes better for you – but do be honest with your Dr if you aren’t happy with the situation so they can try to adjust your hormone levels or do whatever it takes to make things better.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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@VAwife:  Thank you for the detailed info regarding the implant itself as well as the implantation process! I currently have really good insurance so if I am going to get Implanon, I should do it in the next 6 months before I have to switch back to my old mediocre insurance again. Hope everything continues healing well for you.

Post # 38
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had the implanon chip inserted Halloween 2009 right after my daughter was born. I gained weight and sorry for the Too Much Information guys, but constipation, and my periods were all over the calendar. Sometimes a 2-3 day at the 1st of the month and then it wasn’t uncommon to have a period last 2-3 weeks! The insertion hurt my arm was sore for about a week. Then, my OBGYN didn’t tell me it was going to cost me $386 to remove it in his office. Insurance covered having it put in but not removed??? I opted to go to a community health clinic because believe me when someone says it’s cheaper than raising a kid they’re mistaken, it cost $45 there. It didn’t move much in my arm found it right away, but I needed 2 stitches since the bleeding wouldn’t stop. My husband and I tried for a baby and conceived 4 months later. We lost it on Christmas Eve 2012. After it was removed I instantly lost 35 pounds! It practically melted off lol. Now it’s Septemher 2013, and I just found out 3 days ago I’m 7 wks pregnant. Except, I am absolutely petrified to lose this one too. I think the miscarriage had something to do with implanon. I will not get it again. 

Post # 39
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Newbee

I have just started my second course of Implanon (now Nexplanon). The first 3 years were great. No period, no weight gain. It was perfect. 

I got the second one in June and have recently started to have a period every other week. My slight weight gain may be attributed to it as well because I have actually been eating better than before. I have also been breaking out more than usual and feeling moody/sad. Hopefully it just needs to “stabilize” itself and be fixed within a few months! It’s a great form of BC and I’d hate to have to take it out.

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I know this is an old post but i thought i would chime in.

I have had implanon for the whole three year cycle and it is terrible.

it started out great at first, no mood swings or anything, and then around the two year mark i realised i was always snapping at my Fiance, my periods were every two -four weeks for a week at a time (they were always like clockwork once a month, even almost to the hour), i had low sex drive, and i had gained 25 kilos (55 pounds) in three years and was unable to shift the weight. Fiance is a personal trainer and nutritionist and was stumped that absolutely nothing had helped me loose the weight. it wasnt until he began researching the hormonal affects it has on your body that he freaked, and i am getting it our next week now.

I was almost in a depressed state, and no matter what i did i was a different person. It is not alwasy a quick change too, like i said i didnt realise until around the two year mark.

it lowers your testosterone which weakens your muscles, drops your sex drive, your putuitary gland can (in some cases) stop working because the hormones do its job for it, and you will gain weight. Google “implanon experience.” theres far more horrific tesimonies than not, i wish i had done my research earlier. I feel like ive lost the last three years of my life to (what is essentially the hormonal imbalances of) steroids.

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@ForeverBlessed:  I didn’t have any issues with weight gain but I did experience irregular periods.  At first it was just spotting between periods and towards the end it was HEAVY painful periods.  I honestly loved my Implanon and could live with the heavy periods but when it was time to change the implant I just decided to not get on BC again since my Fiance is fixed.  I liked that I didn’t have to think about a pill, patch or shot every so often.  Just when the 3 years was up take it out and put a new one in.

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