(Closed) Considering Implanon. What are your experiences?

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Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never heard of it

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I used Implanon for three years after using Nuvaring for a few months. My experienc was awful. The only reason I stayed on it was because of the cost and I was a little afraid of the pain of getting it out. It turned out to not hurt at all.. but I didn’t know that was going to be the case. 

After getting it put in, I didn’t have a period for a year. At first I thought that was awesome but then when I had to start taking pregnanacy tests every few months it wasn’t worth it.  Once my periods returned thy were anything but consistent, some months would be super light, some would be heavy, and some wouldn’t be there at all.

The worst part was that I BALLOONED. I went from my high school weight of 170 all the way up to 230 in about 6 months. No matter how hard I worked that wight refused to budge.

I got it removed at the end of May, it took about a month for my body to clear itself of those hormones and since mid July I have dropped 10 lbs and still going steady with very little work on my part. When I got it removed I went back to my old stand-by method: Seasonique. I would recommend it to anyone.. however I know everyone handles the different methods differently.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve had it for a year now, and I LOVE it.  Best purchase I’ve ever made.

Insertion was utterly painless.  The injection to numb everything hurt, but after that, I started talking to the nurse.  I finally asked when they were going to start, and she told me to look at my arm.  There was a puddle of blood and a band-aid, and the implant was already in.  I never felt a thing.  I did bruise EXTREMELY badly, though (and it was made worse when Fiance accidentally put his elbow with his whole weight right on top of it two days later), and if I were to do it again, I would wait until it was cool enough for me to get away with long sleeves for a while.  That would have prevented a lot of awkward questions.  The bruises were a bit tender, but it wasn’t bad at all – and I’m a wimp when it comes to pain.

Now that it’s in, I barely know it’s there.  I can see it when I poke it, but otherwise, you’d never know.  I do experience some mood swings, but it’s no worse than normal.  My appetite, if anything, has decreased.  I’ve lost about 40 lbs. since getting it, though that’s probably more due to some other lifestyle changes I’ve made.

It took a while for my cycle to become regular again, and I did end up having a three-month-long period at one point.  Now that it’s regular, my periods do last a lot longer – about two weeks on average.  That being said, they tend to be a LOT lighter than anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I normally only need to wear a tampon for a day or two out of the whole two weeks.  Even during my three-month-long period, I probably only used tampons for five days total.

Even so, every girl is different.  I was told that some people bleed constantly the entire time they’re on it, and some people stop having periods at all.  I can only tell you my experience.

A few of the other effects it’s had on me are that my acne has gotten better, and my cramping is a lot less intense. I also don’t experience the dryness I had with some other types of birth control.

I love it because I don’t have to think about it.  I can’t forget to take pills, I don’t have to worry about it breaking or falling off, nothing.  I had it inserted, and now I don’t have to think about it again until 2013.  We still have all the spontaneity we want.  And, most importantly, it really is the most effective BC out there, and so I don’t have to worry about any Mini Moons any time soon.  I LOVE my Implanon, and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@greeneyedmoon- Man, I wish I lost 40lbs on it! gaining 60 was absolutely not as fun as that sounds.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Stassney:  Ugh.  I believe you.  I gained fifty over the two years before getting on it, so I was glad to drop the rest.  I’m still losing.  Like I said, though, it’s almost certainly due to different lifestyle changes, not the BC.  I’m not arguing with the weight loss, though!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I think I’ll research this form of BC. My main concern would be weight gain!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had it for 2 years and gained at least 40lbs it was awful. I had it taken out a year early because I wasn’t going to do it anymore.

I now have the Mirena IUD and love it. Hasn’t effected my weight at all, took my periods away! It’s wonderful!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have heard great things about the Mirena iud. i am just terrified of getting it put in.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve had the inplanon for 11 months and I am seriously thinking about getting it removed. The only reason i haven’t gone yet is because I’m afraid, but it can’t be as bad as the insertion right?

Since getting the implanon I have had constant spotting. I’ve been spotting for the last 2.5 months. It’s not really a full on period, I just need to wear a liner but it is annoying. Also, I’ve had no sex drive. It’s horrible. I can go weeks without wanting to be intimate, unless SO brings it up I don’t even notice.. their’s something wrong with that!

I have a friend who got it the same time as me and she had it removed after 3 months because she had a heavy preiod for 3 weeks at a time.

I think I will go back to the depo shot. I liked not having a period.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I asked my former OBGyn about Implanon and he told me he does not do it and advises patients against it. He said that it too often doesn’t stay where it was implanted and he knew of a patient who had to have it removed in emergency surgery because it had moved to close to her heart.

He prescribed the Nuva Ring instead and I, too, got terrible mood swings and also non-stop spotting. I just don’t get it. I was on the pill for years with no side effects what so ever.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have only heard bad reviews of the Implanon from people I know. I currently have the ring and love it, but am having some health issues due to the estrogen in it. I am having a Mirena put in in a few weeks. Yeah, it’ll hurt, but a day of pain is totally worth it to me!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had my implanon for the full 3 years before getting it removed last month.  I thought there were many pros and many cons to it, but ultimately I decided to keep it in because I loved the fact that it was basically foolproof. 

 

Pros :

 

 – I lost weight … like 20-30 lbs!

– Ultimate security – you’re less likely to get pregnant on implanon than if you were sterilized. 

– Very few side effects.  It didn’t affect my mood like many birth control pills have

 

Cons:

 

– I was pretty much on my period 24/7.  This was a big one.  I was not one of those that stopped getting their period, I was one of those that CONSTANTLY got their period.  That sucked.  Periods were irregular and more frequent than once per month.  I actually decided not to get it back in until after my honeymoon because  I was afraid I would be on my period on my honeymoon

 

Actually, that’s the only con I had, but it was a pretty big one … lol.  However, I am still going to get it put back in after the honeymoon despite the constant period.

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