Post # 1
Birth control question…
So, here’s what I’m considering: Nexplanon or the pill.
These two are my options because 1) I don’t want to have to take a pill everyday but I don’t want an IUD…hence the Nexplanon that’s inserted in the arm. And 2) the thought of implant removal worries me–especially if I have bad side effects–hence the pill.
I can’t decide. I was on the pill years ago, and the side effects weren’t all that great and I could stop taking it at any point…but it’s not that easy with an implant. There’s pros/cons to both, I know. But tell me your experience, please!
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
I have the nexplanon! I’ve had it since February and I love it! I do have side effects, namely an irregular period, but the peace of mind that it affords me is WELL worth the side effects for me. Sometimes I have a full period that lasts the usual length of time, but sometimes I’ll have light bleeding for a couple of weeks instead. For 2 months I didn’t bleed at all. It’s kind of a crap shoot. I am a menstrual cup user, so the irregular period doesn’t bother me much.
It’s worth it to me because the implant is basically 100% effective, studies show. I absolutely love that it is undetectable in my arm and doesn’t interfere with sex. It has no chance of being dislogded, like IUDs do, and no one knows it’s there except my partner and I.
If you’re worried about the effects, you can use the mini-pill for a few months to simulate the symptoms of the implant, since it’s the same type of hormone. I’ve never been on a pill of any kind, so I can’t attest to how it compares. I went from the ring to the implant, and I much prefer the implant!
Post # 3
I had Nexplanon for 2 years and was miserable 🙁 my period was unpredictable and would last forever. Once I had it for 4 straight weeks. Or it would come one week. Be gone for a week and comeback the next week. My sex drive was totally zeroed out. I have a copper IUD (paraguard) now and am loving life.
Ps before nexplanon I was on the pill for 10 years without any symptoms other than decreased sex drive.
Post # 4
Some back story, as I have read that a lot of women don’t like Nexplanon because it’s a different type of hormone than the pill: I was taking Seasonale for about 4 years and I only had 4 periods a year. I think this made the transition to the implant easier, because my body was used to getting a constant hormone dosage with no break. It was wonderful and really helped with my anemia, but taking a daily pill sucks. I do not want kids, ever, and wanted a more long-term solution.
I got Nexplanon in March of this year. I had some spotting the first few weeks. But since then? No periods or spotting AT ALL. Which also means no cramps, no bloating, no backaches, no PMS/crazy mood swings. I don’t carry or buy tampons/pads, I don’t have to schedule events around possibly getting my period, and I don’t have to worry about missing a pill! I absolutely recommend you try it. It took about 45 minutes to get it implanted and off I went; my insurance covered the entire cost. Plus it will last for up to 3 years, so fewer pharmacy visits too!
Post # 5
I had the Nexplanon for a little over 12 months and I hated it. I tried to give it a chance but I constantly would end up with random breakthrough bleeds. My first period also lasted about 14 days.
I’m on the pill and I feel safer for it…
Post # 6
I had Nexplanon for 8 months. I thought it was great at first. My periods completely stopped and I didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant. But after about 3 months of having it, the side effects started.
I had greasy hair, spotty skin and by the end of the 8 months I had gained 2 stone!! I was tired all the time and had dark rings around my eyes and my face looked puffy.
As soon as I had it removed, I felt like a fog had lifted from my brain and with in a week, I lost 1 stone, the other stone I gained took a bit of work to get off but the first one just fell off.
Having it fitted and removed was fine, didn’t hurt at all.
Post # 7
I’m having my next implanon next week (my 3rd one) I’ve had no side effects and the removal is absolutely fine (I was worried about that first) I think it’s such a great contraception method however I do know a few people haven’t got on with it so well. Good luck xx
Post # 8
I had the implant and atbfirst it was fine, no periods and an increase in sex drive. It didn’t hurt when it was put in and it was a really quick process.
After a few months my periods started and they were really irregular, ranging from a few hours to a couple of weeks and it was impossible to tell when I would come on because I would have symptoms without coming in and come in without any symptoms. My doctors put me on three months of the pill twice to try and regulate my periods with no luck.
I also put on a lot of weight that I’m still struggling to shift (at least 4 years after I had it out). After those first few months it also killed my sex drive, completely nonexistent. We also had to start using lube during sex. My mood swings were intense and I had a number of times that I was driving to work and random news stories on the radio would make me cry so much that I had to pull over. I got it out after about two years and I’m reluctant to try any normal birth control now. Having it taken out was fine, it just felt like a little tug but it didn’t really hurt. It was more of pain because my doctors only had one person who was able to take them out and he was a male doctor so he needed a female nurse chaperone to take the thing out, which felt like a massive waste of resources.
On the hand, my friend had hers in at the same time I did. She’s on her third now. She hadn’t had a period in 8 years and no period symptoms. She didn’t have any weight gain, mood swings or a decrease in sex drive. So it works brilliantly for some people and it’s hell for others. If you get it and it doesn’t work for you, you can insist it comes out at any point.
Post # 9
I highly recommend the pill over nexplanon based on my own experiences. I had it for a little over a year, it gave me painful cystic acne and a few acne scars. I also had NON STOP spotting/bleeding. It was miserable for me and I have had much better luck with 91-day cycle pills.
That being said, your mileage may vary of course. One of my good friends had hers the entire 3 years and likes it a lot. Don’t worry about removal though – mine was removed laying down so I couldn’t see it and I don’t remember any pain!
Post # 10
I have been using Nexplanon for almost two years now. The first 6 months were a bit annoying since I was bleeding irregularly. My doc told me to come back to her after 6 months if my period hasn’t normalized for a month of the pill (while the implant was still in) to help normalize my period. I suppose this is quite common. You do get some unpredictable mood swings in the beginning, but on the flip side your face clears up quite nicely if you’re prone to time of the month acne.
I haven’t had my period since June, which is quite nice so no PMS symptoms or bleeding. Not sure if I’m one of the lucky ones since my friends who are on it report the same thing. Some bleed every month, every two months, or none at all, but most would say the bleeding is a lot lighter and the PMS symptoms aren’t as severe which is convenient.
Post # 11
LOVE my nexplanon. I was on the pill for years, no issues, but I do have anxiety, so I was always worried I forgot to take my pill.
Nexplanon insertion was not bad. I had some pain because my arm wasnt numb in a large enough area before she put it in. I did have some pain for several days after, but that was expected. I have had it for 6 months now. I had a little spotting at the beginning, but since then, nothing! If you are worried about how you will react, try out Depo or the Progesterone only pill, they will let you know how your body will react.
Post # 12
Don’t. Get. A. Nexplanon.
I got mine inserted in April. For 2 months, it was great. No period, felt awesome, so happy not to have to take a pill.
Then I got my period. It didn’t stop for 4 months. After 2 months of getting my period and gaining about 15 pounds, I called my doctor who told me over the phone it was just taking time for my body to adjust. I demanded to get it removed.
They brought in one of the most experienced doctors in the practice to remove it, and even though they could feel it and it hadn’t drifted, the implant was stuck. My arm got bigger with the weight gain and they weren’t able to fish it out. They poked around for an hour before giving up and referring me to a surgeon. The weight, was by the way 100% hormonal. I was running 30 miles a week and weight lifting but I still looked pregnant, exhausted, and I was snapping at everyone I knew and crying on a regular basis. The surgeon was able to cut it out, but I needed to go in for 2 different consultations weeks apart for them to figure out exactly how they could remove it and why it had gotten so deep. By the end, I had been on my period for 4 straight months, was seriously depressed, had no sex drive whatsoever, and had gained 20 pounds. Most frustrating to me, trying to train for a marathon with 20 extra pounds on my frame injured my hip. I had to drop out of the marathon and two other races I’d really been looking forward to.
Don’t get one of these implants. It’s just not worth it and can seriously damage your body. I’ve got a rather gnarly scar on the inside of my arm now from the messy removal but by the end of having that damned thing, I’d have taken a gnarly scar across my face to get it the hell out of me. I was sure that I’d get it out before it became serious, that maybe I wouldn’t have a reaction like this, but it may NOT be an easy removal. Don’t risk it.
Post # 13
I’ve got one, it’s coming out on Friday or so help me god I will take it out myself!
Lime pps have said, at first it was great, bit I hd to start using lube, then I started putting on weight and no sex drive, I’ve had it since January, so 10months and I’m honestly so depressed, I cry all the time or totally flip out at my so/son, it’s hidious, my face and neck are a mess because of uncontrollable spots, hairs dreadful, my weight, good god its gone up something rotten, I was on the depo injection for years and I felt abit down, but himself it’s nothing compared to this, and what’s worse my doctors have kept refusing to get it out, even considering I’ve bled since august, I honestly think it’s 100 effective cos you can’t have bloody sex whilst on it!
I’m sure it’s different for everyone and what works for me might not work for you and vice versa but honestly I’d think long and hard about getting this in because it’s awful!
Post # 14
I love mine. Insertion was easy. I haven’t had a period since I got it a year ago. I also love that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill every day/changing a ring every 3 weeks. The only issue that I have had is that my skin has been a little more spotty since I got it put in, however, that has mellowed with time. I think peoples results/impressions are really variable but why not give it a shot? You can always have it removed if you don’t care for it.
Post # 15
I used Implanon for 3 years, having it inserted when I was about 19. It was great at the time, but I did not get a second one when the 3 years was up!
I suffered some side effects – severe mood swings for the first 2 months. Then the bleeding – I had pretty much no period for the first year, and then seemingly constant spotted bleeding for over a year. It was a pain but did the job at the time! Having it inserted/removed was fine.
You could always get it and then have it removed if you hate it! All women react differently to it so there’s no way to tell until you try it 🙂
Implanon is an excellent form of contraception – bu there are other options out there! Like the Evra patch, which is what I now use. You have 3 patches a month – you wear a patch for one week (looks like a nicotine patch) and then change the patch. Once a month you have a patch-free week and that’s when you get your period. I’ve recommended it to a lot of friends!