Post # 31
MissesAwesome: No problem! You are not the first one I have met to not be aware there is a difference. I absolutely can understand not wanting surgery, even a minor surgery, for birth control, but I just wanted to make sure you knew they were very different procedures 🙂
Post # 32
I started out on the Implanon and then moved to the Nexplon. Used them both for about 10 years and loved them.
The best advice I was given, however, was to take a very low dose POP for three months before getting an implant fitted. I can’t recall if there’s a specific POP you have to take or not, as this was a long time ago. Anyway, the logic was that if you reacted badly to the low dose POP, you would react badly to the implant and should not get one fitted (much easier to stop taking a pill than to have an implant removed). When I’ve heard horror stories on these boards, I’ve often asked the ladies if they were given this advice before they had their implants in, and none of them have ever said to me that they were. Just something to consider…
Once I’m done having children, I’m going back on Nexaplon for sure.
EDIT: A few more things to consider that I almost forgot! Firstly, Implanon/Nexaplon is actually the most effective method of BC on the market… more effective than a tubal ligation at preventing pregnancy, in fact. Secondly (and this was very important to me, although it might not be important to everybody) if you do accidentally get pregnant with the implant in situ, it will not harm the developing foetus, unlike some other methods of BC. Thirdly, although any metal implant can and will migrate within your body over time, Implanon/Nexaplon is not terribly dangerous in that regard. The worst that can happen is that it gets stuck in one of the muscles in your arm and it’s a bit of a bugger to get it out, but it’s not the end of the world (no permanent damage etc etc).
Post # 33
Nine6Fifteen: I’ve been on birth control continously for 12 years now and have never chosen the pill. Too error prone and high maintenance! Totally freaks me out.
For the past 6 years I’ve been using the Mirena IUD. It’s excellent for me. The only side effect that I have noticed is that I have no period. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a huge benefit. Progesterone only birth control tends to have this effect on me.
Before that I was on the ring. Thta was pretty good too, but a bit more high mantenance with having to pick up perscriptions and remember to change it out on the right day. I was on it for two years and then my period started getting weird – not arriving durring the “off” week which was stresful and annoying.
Before that I was on the depo shot. I had a good experience with it (again, no period) but it’s probably not the first option I’d consider as if you find it has a bad effect on you you can’t undo it, you just have to wait for it to wear off.