Contraception :: Implanon Experience For Two And Half Years
Feb 12, 2007
I am actually gutted because I thought it was great for me for a while. As soon as I had it put in I had frequent, not always predictable periods that would range from light- to- heavy-, usually alternating! However, I thought that this wasn't too big a deal since it is meant to be almost an almost 100% effective contraceptive (I was told no one had gotten pregnant on it when I had it put in) and, seeing as I was told that the majority of women don't have periods (over 90%) I thought I was just unlucky and plodded on without concern. (Although this transpires to be untrue!!)
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I had a lot going on at the time of having the implant and so was a bit stressed out anyway and always had something to link feelings to, but now that life is on an even keel I have noticed that these feelings, far from going away have strengthened! I have become teary- here are some examples: crying at Big Brother and Supernanny (that is SO not me- although I can cope with this in isolation!)and also have: low self- esteem (which is sometimes worse than others to the point of complete low), low energy, bloatedness, lack of concentration, lack of positivity, inability to make and stick to decisions, grumpiness- it goes on.... Oh, and the periods just keep on coming! But worse than all of this is the fact that I have this constant feeling of worry, which just eats away at you and drains you of all your energy.
So, yes for me it is an effective contraception, but largely because there's just no let up at times and not a lot left to give at others!
I have heard lots of fantastic cases where people don't have any problems. After some of the negative effects I have had I would never URGE someone to try it, but I would say it suits some people and you have to weigh up all of the things you read on this site and elsewhere and decide for yourself. I have read some terrible stories though, so just keep an eye open for symptoms and take care of yourselves.
The doctor thinks that I should definitely see an improvement when the thing is removed, so fingers crossed! I would love someone to do some proper research on how women are feeling who are on it and why it affects some or not others.
I have had the implanon since I was 17 (now 24) and it has served me well...most of the time. I am actually considering having it removed because I have headaches five out of seven days a week; have gained about four kilos, which I cannot lose despite a healthy lifestyle and diet; I am moody; and I have trouble sleeping.
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Most of these things I thought were just normal women's behaviour, but after speaking with many other women who have since gone off various other contraception, it has been brought to my attention, this all might be a side effect.
I have not had a period since having it inserted -except when it was removed after the three years while waiting to have it inserted again- which has been great. Despite this my main concern are the constant headaches, so I am having it removed and staying off contraception like this for a while to see what changes may occur.
i've had implanon for all 3 years and it's suppose to end in august. i wanted to know if anybody know exactly how long implanon lasted.
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does it last up to the exact date that you got it or is it just an estimated time.
I've been on implanon and the pills. With both, I experience continuous heavy spotting. I probably don't spit at least one month out the year. Would you recommend a low hormone birth control? I don't understand why I constantly bleed.
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I am looking for input as far as the Implanon birth control implant. I have read pages upon pages about this and how it works. However, I'd like to hear a few personal experiences if possible. My insurance covers 100% of the cost, so that is not an issue.
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A little about me: I'm going to be 24 in a few short days. My fiance' and I do not have any interest in having children in the next five to eight years. We have a number of long-term goals, and are just not ready for a child any time in the near future.
Thanks in advance!
I have had an implanon for more than a year now. But probably 4 months ago I started getting acne. Although I realize that it is one of implanon side effects could it be possible that it is only happening now, after a whole year? And another thing is, whenever I take antibiotics like Tetralysal 300mg or purbac for my acne, my bleeding starts and it won't stop unless I stop with the antibiotic. Is this normal?
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I am a 55 year old female and have had back pain at my right shoulder blade for 5 and a half years. The pain sometimes extends to the end of my back just under my right arm and sometimes goes to my spine and upper shoulder. The pain is excruciating. Chiropractor for 1st. year said rib out of place and needed to strengthen muscles, but the exercises hurt too much. Went swimming as much as possible. 2nd. one said arthritis, his x-ray showed nothing at the point of pain and a little arthritis. Saw an orthopedic doctor two years ago and his x-rays showed no pinched nerves. Many questions later and after standing behind me and twisting me around he said he thought it was a nerve. He prescribed Neurontin and an MRI. Had no insurance at the time, so skipped the MRI. Still on Neurontin, but no relief. Take heavy duty pain pills and spend every night in bed on an ice pack in tears. I know I need the MRI, but do I see another ortho doc or neurologist?
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I haven't had a period since I got implanon in 2010 I was suppose to get it out in august 2013 but I didn't have insurance but today I woke up feeling very nauseas and my boobs hurt a bit and mostly cramping in my lower abdomen so much that if anything including just a poke it very sensitive and hurts what should I do ?
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I feel there is an unfair amount of negative reviews of coil insertions online. I had mine fitted two days ago now, but the week leading to my appointment I was torturing myself by reading every insertion review and account, especially of those childless. So come the fitting, I was extremely nervous and on the verge of changing my mind. Afterwards however, I felt extremely liberated and empowered, and realising there is an unbalance in reviews I thought I'd share my experience for anyone else that is considering the coil and or is very worried - like I certainly was! I know that every body is different and reacts in different ways and that I can not speak for every women.
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5'2", 21 years old, childless
T-Safe CU 380A QL - model of coil
Insertion two days after period
Took boots own ibuprofen and codeine tablets 1 hour prior
Numbing gel applied by doctor
The thought of pain was my main hold back, so my first question to my doctor was if a local anaesthetic could be an option (no one told me it was before in all my build up appointments). She said I'm more than welcome to one, but she would advise the numbing gel instead, and that the local anaesthetic is always there if I change my mind or becomes too painful.
I think this is extremely important, and that while we are so medically advanced we should not have to subject ourselves to pain if we do not need to.
I took her advice (she has been fitting them for years), and with the comfort of a local anaesthetic being ready to hand and full trust in my doctor, I didn't need it at all - to my surprise!
Now the pain - well, there was none. It was uncomfortable. You're held open, then numbing gel is applied so you're wet and sticky, she then held my cervix, used a long stick looking instrument to measure the length of my cervix, checked how I was coping, then swiftly interested the coil, cut the threads and I was done. Within minutes, and it was definitely only a few seconds when I had anything going up my cervix.
Don't get me wrong, I felt it, but not painfully, and it made my toes curl up, but it wasn't anything I couldn't manage again. I've a small white tattoo on my ribs, and that was much worse. As everyone describes, it's like a period cramp, but it somewhat travels up, so you can almost guess what's happening but not quite.
I just concentrated on my breathing, and told myself if most other women can do it, then so can I. However, I don't know if I would have been just as brave without the painkillers or numbing gel! But girls, you can have that too, and with a local anaesthetic if you wanted!!! - I can't stress this enough.
I was fine to drive myself home afterwards, I was aware of the cramps, like the pressure on your womb you get during a period, and a little light headed (I justified some sweets at this point haha), but again nothing I couldn't manage! I used a pad for the slight bleeding too, and didn't need any more painkillers after the first two.
I couldn't believe how easy it was, and I'm ashamed at how it isn't made abundantly clear to women that pain relief is readily available! Had I known, it wouldn't have taken me two years to pluck up the courage.
I am now hormone free (amazing!!!), free from mood swings, weight gain, spots, the list goes on! And I do not need to worry about contraception for 10 years. 10 years!! I simply check that there are two stings coming out of my cervix now and again. My boyfriend isn't bothered by them in the slightest either. He has only gone looking for them out of pure curiosity! Other than that he cannot feel them, and is just glad that I am hormone free, and happy.
It astounds me that this isn't a more widely used form of contraception. And I think that is mainly down to the idea of the insertion pain, and being squeamish of the T shape left inside. However I would rather that, than pump my body full of invisible chemicals.
I hope this helps someone, and I also hope you're as happy and as liberated as I am with a copper coil. I've already had some girlfriends convert!
I'm back on this pill after a 2 year break to have a baby.I I started it last month, as advised, the first over my period. I've finished the first Pk, now I'm on day 4 of 7 day break from pill taking, no period has happened. My partner and I have agreed to use condoms also for a couple months to allows the pill to get bk in my system fully as in an extra precaution. All that happened one night when I was about to take it it slipped out hand and rolled under sofa, so I picked a tablet from another Pk for that day and just threw rest that full Pk away. Is it normal to have not had a period yet?
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I had the Implanon for 3 years and had it replaced for the Nexplanon around 2.5 years ago. I haven't had periods since having these implants except for a bit of spotting during the change over. Yesterday however I have started having a period. Not as heavy as I used to have them when not on any contraception but much more than just spotting. I am concerned that it has stopped working as I am a few months off having it changed. I have gained a lot of weight this year from stress and I have read that having an increased weight can cause it to stop working early. Could this be the case? And should I arrange to go to the clinic to have it changed?
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I am 36. I have chronic prostatitis for 18 years, that's half my life. My experience in the disease and treatment follows:
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The pain is intense and crippling. I have to be in bed all the time. Intense spasms. Symptoms move from urethra to prostate, back,ass, testicles so when you feel you finished with a symptom there starts another. I also may have difficulty urinating and some time ejaculating. This condition has remained idle for a total of 6 years out of 18 and whenever I feel it is gone I have a really good flare up the very next day. Idle means I am not in pain but I get to wet my pants after urinating.. That is the closest I can have to normal life. My sex life is not good because I get erectile dysfunction when chronic prostatitis is active. When it moves to being idle there is a tendency for restoration of erectile capacity however it is clear to me that I do not respond to visual stimuli any more . Reason for ED is venous leakage. Location of pain is as such that I frequently check both my urinary system and intestines.
Findings: High bladder neck, non typical inflammation of colon, prostate has no infection
Medical checks so far: Urethroscopy, Colonoscopy. prostate, testicular, bladder, kidney ultrasounds. urine and prostate fluid cultures.
All cultures have come back negative. Bladder ultrasound shows some urine remaining after fully urinating.
Experience with medication: I have used antibiotics, a-blockers, mesalazine for my intestines and cortisone (buddy cole). For ED I have used Viagra and Cialis.
When I have flare ups NO medication works to control the pain. Or it may work for some weeks and then all of a sudden stop working. Medication for ED seems to be effective provided my symptoms are either gone or are not too intense. Symptoms come and go and it seems I cannot really control them.
Psychological impact: I am desperate and seriously considering suicide when I have flare ups
Social impact: No friends left. I do not have the energy to move out of bed
Fertility: Thankfully no problems whatsoever. However I am extremely worried whether my offspring will have the same problems as I do.
I have been reading up on Premarin and I see the lowest dose is .03 mg is it possible to cut that in half .15mg and will it help hot flashes? I need help with menopause symptoms I am in full menopause have not had a period since age of 45 and am now 52 and in full menopause. Not sleeping, hot flashes...... Am kinda of scared of taking this but need help I also have Graves' disease.
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I recently had a cold, with some sinus issues, first time ever and I'm 36, not allergic to anything. The sinus has now cleared, 95%, still have some yellow mucus coming out when I blow my nose, but only on right side and not as much as yesterday or day before, but left with an ear that is half deaf and crackles when it hears a lot of noises at once (crackles or sounds like a waterfall, difficult to explain). Can hear fine with my left ear.There's also some ringing in the ear. Slight. Is this something that will clear up with time or do I need to see a doctor? I did finish my antibiotics this morning.I can also say that I'm a bit off balance, I won't say dizzy or vertigo, just half off balance when I walk. Not enough to fall over.Thanks in advance
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My penis seems to be circumcised (no foreskin cover the glands) but there's a strip of about 1/4 inch that’s still connected on the top which makes for these two very small pockets (one on either side) where small amount of smegma build up.
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I am 12, now I know that I'm quite young but when I have an erection the foreskin only goes half way over the head. It's so annoying. Is this normal?
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I broke my humerus (upper arm) bone in half about two weeks ago. It is a oblique break in the middle of the bone. They had me take x-rays yesterday so they expected me to straighten my arm. Well buddy my bones started grinding and popping and OW! needless to say say they didn't didn't get me to straighten it... Ah whatever they got pictures of it straight the day I broke it thanks to painkillers. It is in a sling and perfectly aligned according to what they did get yesterday and two weeks ago. I am 20 I don't smoke and i don't drink. That is my story now my questions are. 1: how long until I can straighten my arm without the bone moving and snapping? They expect more x-rays in 2 weeks but if this thing moves its not happening! (because I'm a wuss I know) 2: how terrible does therapy really hurt? Should I take pain pills beforehand? I've heard some scary stories about therapy after a break. 3: do I I have have to worry about breaking it again in therapy or when I do decide to straighten it out? May be a stupid question but last time my arm was broken i was 2 so... 4: I have a numb spot on my arm, that from the bone or did I give myself frostbite from non stop ice packs? It's above my elbow, below the break. And lastly how long until it's completely healed? I'm a CNA I kinda need the thing :/ thanks for taking taking time to read this please help me out a little. I have borderline PPD and a hint of wimp so I appreciate any HONEST information!
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I was quite late to start my periods- 16 and they lasted for roughly a year or so very irregular. They went away to costa rica and by the time i returned about 3 months later and i had turned 17 my periods had stopped. I haven't had my periods since, i have however been to the doctors several times, they have taken my blood and seem to have found no symptoms- they just told me they will return soon. One said it was because i was too thin, i am quite slim but no more than some of my friends and i eat a lot. It took quite a bit of effort but recently gained a little weight- i travel quite a bit (asia, south and central America, af) and was wondering if it was possible i have some kind of parasite. I'm 19 almost 20- there must be something up.
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I frequently wake up with an arm asleep because I tend to fall asleep on my arms with my elbows bent. This always goes away quickly.
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This afternoon, about 3 hours ago, my right hand started feeling like it is asleep. It's mostly the last 2 fingers and the palm/back of the hand below them so the ulnar nerve but the index finger also has the same pins and needles feeling. I was not asleep at the time; I think I was petting the dog.
It has full ROM and the strength seems fine. I have no stroke symptoms (aside from this of course but I'm pretty certain it's not a stroke). Both of my hands are equally cold. I haven't done anything that would cause an overuse injury. I have no other symptoms of anything I don't normally have.
I'm not diabetic and have no conditions that would explain this.
I do have a large port wine stain birthmark on this hand although it is mostly on the thumb, index and middle fingers which are the less affected area. This shouldn't cause nerve issues anyway.
Nothing seems to be helping it. It is annoying rather than a big deal. If it continues I'll go to the dr Monday. But I just wondered if anyone has any ideas? I had something a little similar 15 years ago when I was typing my master's thesis but I'm not on the computer anything like that now.
I wake up every half hour during the night - is this menopause sleeping pattern? Any good supplements for insomnia - magnesium doesn't seem to help.
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Went for my weigh in with the nurse and I've lost 1 and half kilos in 4 weeks, not bad considering i've not been able to take our puppy for a walk because of all the snow and ice. I now weigh 13st 1 lb (83 Kilos) and my BMI is 30.3. I haven't got a target as such, my nurse said to aim for something i'm comfortable with and my daughter said to aim for a BMI between 25-30 so almost in that bracket. I don't think i'd look healthy at the recommended weight for my height but no where seems to take age into account- I must admit i'm a bit disappointed that i'm still a size 18 for most things and with only 3.3 pounds short of a 4 stone loss was hoping to be nearer the 14-16 size.
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Hope every body is having a good week, Good luck for any pending weigh ins- (my nurse still wants to see me in 4 weeks so she's not taken Christmas into consideration unlike somebody elses Dr
Keep up the good work everybody
By the way I've been treating myself to a good for you hot chocolate with Amaretto in it delicious