(Closed) Let's Talk Birth Control! (implants specifically)

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 16
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve had a Mirena for almost 3 years.  I love it, and will probably get another when my time with this one is up.  At the beginning, I had some unpleasant and frequent bleeding, to the point that I wanted to have it removed.  My dr encouraged me to be patient and I’m glad now that I waited.  Once it got settled in, I haven’t had any more issues.  I hardly have a period at all – it’s irregular and very light.  And after the first 6 weeks or so, I’ve been in love with Mirena.  

I know that some people have had some complications, but I think all forms of birth control probably  have their imperfect applications here and there.  

Good luck!

Post # 17
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

Nine6Fifteen:  Insertion is pretty easy. The hardest part is the numbing shot, since you can feel that, but the rest is just a little bit of pressure and tugging. It has a special applicator that keeps it from going in too deeply, and you should be able to feel it right under the skin(it’s kindof a neat party trick if you want to creep people out lol) When you get it out they will make a tiny cut, push it out from the opposite side, and use tweezers to grab it. You don’t have to watch at all if you don’t want to. Honestly actual procedure time is under 5 minutes, super quick and easy.

If you are in the US most insurance plans have to cover contraceptives 100% because of ACA, you don’t have to meet your deductible first. I’ve never met my deductible because preventative visits/wellness care and BC don’t apply to it. This year I will though- Childbirth is expensive!

Post # 18
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856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Nine6Fifteen:  Insertion is not terrible! My doctor gave me the numbing shots in three different places and it was just a prick. She kept me talking the entire time and I had my head turned because I’m not fond of needles. She was very considerate of my fear.

As for weight gain, I had a bit but it’s possible it’s holiday weight-gain and it’s not very noticable – I still fit in all of my clothing. 

Post # 19
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370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

On my second implant,  one implanon now on new plan on and both rounds have been the same for me. 

No periods,  no spotting,  love it. 

Only thing I will say is I have to get it changed after 2 years as I start bleeding and bleeding and bleeding lol but hey I’m cool with that just switch it out. 

But it does with out a doubt vary,  my sister has it and has bleeding on and off constantly and that is a large reported side effect. 

I say try it out. 

I’ve also had a copper iud and I highly unreccomend that,  but that’s another story lol. 

Post # 20
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969 posts
Busy bee

I take the pill continuously as I hate having a period.  I love that I don’t have to deal with a period when I take the pill this way, but admit I’d like to try some other form of birth control as well, just for convenience.  However, I’m limited to my options because I will not do the IUD for religious reasons.  Annnd, an implant in the arm makes me squeamish!  LOL  I’m such a wuss!  😛

My husband and I are CFBC, so we don’t plan on having any children, ever … but I can’t ever see myself going the hysterectomy route like so many other CFBC woman do.  It’s just not my thing, personally.  We have discussed him getting a vesectomy, so that I can stop the pill, but then I’d get that damn period again.  Ugh!  I feel like women get screwed no matter what …

So0o, I guess I am following this thread more-so for advice from others vs being able to offer any help.  😉

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Nevermind!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  stephncollins. Reason: googled and answered my own question
Post # 22
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1910 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

ellep91010:  They have to cut you? Lawd!!!

Post # 23
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

ellep91010:  They cut your skin for insertion? Both times I got it (implanon and nexplanon) the applicator had a sharp needle tip which is what they used to insert it (the second time there was an incision from the removal, but much smaller than 1cm, and they did insert the needle in the same place) but the first time they just used the point of the applicator to push it into the skin. 

Post # 24
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My friend has a pretty nice scar and a stubborn 20 lbs left over from her implanon experience. I don’t know anyone else who has had the arm implant though.

I had the mirena iud for about a month. Pretty painful insertion, I was in my car for about 1 hour waiting for the cramping to die down so I could drive home. I could also feel it poking me from inside whenever I slouched, or even sitting on the toilet. My body chucked it out during the shower one day.

I went to another doctor and she talked me into the paragard iud. I only agreed to do it since she said she could put me under anesthesia for insertion, haha. Next month will be 1 year for me with the paragard. My periods prior to any forms of birth control were always painless and on average lasted about 5 days, moderate flow. With the copper iud, my periods have consistently lasted 7 days, are much heavier, and leave me with rather debilitating cramps, at times. Also for an entire week before my period starts, I’ll have really, really sore breasts. I’ve tried taking herbal supplements to reduce flow and it sort of works, I also drink raspberry leaf tea to try to reduce the pain and take about 400-600mg ibuprofen everyday of my period for temporary relief. I thought by now, I would have adjusted or gotten used to the changes but I don’t see much improvement. And I don’t want to spend 12 weeks every year for the next 9 years popping pills and laying in bed all day with a heating pad, so I may just end up getting a tubal.

But everyone is different.. what one woman considers trash can be another woman’s treasure

Post # 25
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have friends who have the arm implant and love it. I, on the other hand, got a blood clot in my leg after having it about 3 weeks. If you’ve been on hormonal birth control in the past, you a probably fine. I hadn’t been on BC in awhile when I got it, so I didn’t know if I had any hormonal sensitivities. 

Just something for anyone considering any kind of implant to consider!

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

MissesAwesome:  Just a correction, sterilization is not the same as a hysterectomy though the latter would leave you infertile. Female sterilization involves a tubal ligation (commonly with clips, or removal and cauterization of a section of each tube, or total tube removal called bilateral salpingectomy, or non-surgical Essure) which IS not the same at all as a hysterectomy (a much more major surgery with more risks and not necessary for sterilization, usually used only for other or where there are other complications like bad fibroids, cancer,  severe endometriosis, etc). The biggest difference of course being…with a tubal you keep your uterus and other portions of your reproductive organs (hysterectomies vary in what is removed: always the uterus, sometimes portions of cervix, sometimes ovaries, etc).

Post # 27
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5163 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I never tried the implant, but had a copper IUD (Flexi T) for 7 years. I loved it for the first 6ish years and planned to use it forever but had some uncommon issues with it at that point and had it removed a while later. I am sterilized now, but I really did love the copper IUD. No hormones (I have been on pill twice for long spans and being synthetic hormone free was awesome), no worry, no hassle, long term effectiveness, very high rate of effectiveness. Insertion for me was not great because of some pre-existing cervical scarring, but it was quick enough.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had an Implanon for three years and it didn’t really work for me there were pros. Two light periods a year only, not having to remember to take a pill every day. But I found the cons: about 20kg weight gain, low sex drive, a lot of pain when a confused patient squeezed my arm and it was actually bent when they removed it far out weighed the benefits

Post # 29
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907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have the Mirena–have had it for a little over a year now. About two months in, I ended up developing a pretty painful ovarian cyst. I was in spin class when it ruptured and I thought my appendix had burst! My OB/GYN said that it’s not uncommon to develop ovarian cysts in the first year.

Otherwise (hahaha) it has been pretty good. I like being part of the no-period club, and it’s nice not to have to worry about BC. A few months ago, I noticed that I’m gaining weight in areas where I never gained weight before–my back and upper arms, and I’ve gone up an entire cup size. I’ve kept up the same diet and exercise as I did beforehand, so I can only imagine that it’s hormonal. 

Post # 30
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969 posts
Busy bee

RayKay:  Thank you!  I didn’t realize they were two different things.

I’m really happy we can share these things here becuase, honestly, I don’t feel like I can talk about this stuff with my OB.  You know how they are …

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