Post # 1
After weighing options, I have decided I want to switch from the pill to the Implanon arm-insert birth control, and I was going to get it after the wedding. However, I will be losing my Flexible Spending Account money on October 1st (for reasons I don’t need to go into here), so it really makes the most financial sense to get the Implanon before the wedding, so I can use my FSA funds in August or September instead of losing my FSA funds and then paying out-of-pocket for the same procedure in late October. If it matters for your decision, I have about $425 left in my FSA (a minimal amount of which I’ll need in the next two months for routine prescriptions), and I don’t want to lose that money.
The problem with getting it in August is that our wedding would fall 1-2 months after the insertion. The reason I originally didn’t want to get it until after was because I’d heard about the spotting, and we all know that spotting and a very expensive white dress and a photographer all up on you don’t really mix well.
My question to those who have had the Implanon — how screwed am I for the wedding day if I’ve gotten mine 1-2 months before, in terms of side-effects? So screwed that it’s worth forfeiting $425 of my money?
Post # 3
Welllll….. I’ve had implanon for almost 2 years now and I rarely have a predictable period. Sometimes I bleed 3 weeks out of the month, sometimes I don’t bleed for 2 months straight. More often than not though, I spot occasionally throughout the month. It’s usually very light spotting and I don’t have to wear anything but a pantyliner. It wasn’t so bad the first 2 months though. I remember when I first got it in that I had a problem with dizziness and nausea, but the spotting was not an issue until later.
I have to say though, that even with all that above, I LOVE implanon and am planning on having it replaced next year when it is time to have it removed. It’s worth every penny for the peace of mind it gives me, knowing that it is virtually impossible for me to get pregnant while on it. I’ve had no problems with weight gain or acne like I had with the depo shot. It’s the best BC I’ve ever had.
Post # 4
I’d recommend getting it! Everyone’s different, so everyone’s going to react differently. I got mine about a month before my wedding (in April) & the first few weeks are the wierdest, but I haven’t spotted or even had my period since getting it… except once, about 2 weeks after first getting it inserted.
Post # 5
Thanks, ladies! I’m definitely sold on the Implanon itself, but the timeline had me worried. I feel much better after your endorsements. What’s the worst that could happen? I have to fit my Spanx with a pantyliner? No bigs, I guess. Besides, with all the FSA money I have expiring, it’s almost paying for itself!
Post # 6
Okay, just made my appointment (figured I should get on their calendar while I finish deciding, since the lead time for appointments is like three weeks), and it won’t be two months before the wedding, it’ll be like five and a half weeks. Not sure if that makes a difference in your answers, but I thought I’d throw it out there…