Friday, September 16, 2005

Implanon

Here's a very good primer on the single-rod implant, Implanon. You never know; any time now the FDA might just decide to flip a coin and approve it for use in the U.S.



Some highlights:

  • About the size of a matchstick (40 mm long and 2 mm wide), Implanon is a flexible rod that contains ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) impregnated with 68 mg of etonogestrel (the same drug used in the contraceptive vaginal ring). On average, the rod releases 40 μg of etonogestrel every day, inhibiting ovulation and thickening cervical mucus. The rod is typically inserted in the inside portion of the upper arm during a brief office procedure.

  • High efficacy.

  • Rapid return to fertility.

  • Key [noncontraceptive] advantages of the single-rod implant include no decrease in bone mineral density and no effect on breast milk. But, research on dysmenorrhea [painful period] and acne demonstrate variable effects. For example, a study of 635 women who used Implanon found that 85% of them with dysmenorrhea noted an improvement, while 4% noted new or worsened symptoms. In a study of 231 women with acne at baseline, 16% had less acne, 70% had no change, and 14% had increased acne with the implant. In those without acne at baseline, 16% reported having developed it.

  • The main reason women discontinue the single-rod implant is due to irregular and unpredictable bleeding patterns. During the first 3 months following insertion, up to 40% of women are amenorrheic, 50% have infrequent bleeding (dropping to 30% by 6 months), and 30% have prolonged bleeding (eventually falling to between 10% and 20%).

  • Contraindications: known or suspected pregnancy; active venous thromboembolic [clot] disorder; active or history of severe hepatic [liver] disease; progestogen-dependent tumors; undiagnosed vaginal bleeding; hypersensitivity to implant's components. Also, women with diabetes need to be carefully observed.

  • The average times for insertion and removal are 30 seconds and 3½ minutes, respectively.

  • For women who cannot take estrogen and who desire long-term protection yet rapid reversibility, Implanon may be an attractive choice. But choosing the implant is just one step; being satisfied with the choice and adhering to it is another.
  • 300 Comments:

    At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

    I've been waiting for this to come out ever since I had to get my Norplant removed. How long does this one last?

     
    At 5:33 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Up to 3 years. On thing--when it does become available, wait a bit before getting it, to insure your Ob/Gyn has enough clinical experience inserting it.

     
    At 2:01 AM, Anonymous cara said...

    How does this compare to depo, in terms of the chemicals used, and the potential side effects?

     
    At 7:03 AM, Blogger Phat and Sassy! said...

    I've had Implanon for almost a year now. It's worked out really well for me. The first *two months* were side-effect-filled (bleeding lightly for 2 weeks at a time), i even had a specific food craving. I gained a few more pimples in first 6 months, which just meant religiously washing my face twice a day. These days i'm still a bit of a sap, which is pretty minor and something i can live with. I still haven't gained any weight.

    (This refers to the info. in the Australian packaging.)
    The information sheet in the box compares Implanon and Norplant. Looking at how the side effects compare, i would choose 3 years over 6 just to lessen the side-effects (amount and type). Of course the two are different hormones. I don't know of any studies online that compares it to depo. Although, Implanon is Etonogestrel, not the same hormone as Norplant.

    If the doctor knows how to insert Norplant (six rods), i'm sure they'd have little trouble inserting one implant. Just make sure, 2 or 3 days after, that you can feel the implant. It isn't completely unheard of that the rod hasn't been inserted at all. (Find a half decent doctor!)

     
    At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi, i had this inserted about 4 months ago and its worked pretty well. Well... im not pregnant anyway:) though.. i am one of the people who's had problems with irregular bleeding and its a PAIN in the bum (figure of speech)! After i had it inserted i had a month with no period but once i got my period it hasnt really stopped since then.. but its only really light, but still.. its enough to be a pain and have to use panty liners every day. So yeh, ill continue with it for a few more months, cause not having to remember the pill every day is excellent!

     
    At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had mine inserted about 4 months ago. I have gone from having very regular periods before to now having a week long period of normal heaviness every other week. Whilst I love the convenience of not taking the pill the bleeding really annoying so im hoping it will settle down.

     
    At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I HAD MINE INSERTED 1 MONTH AGO, ARM WAS SORE FOR 1ST WEEK, AND I WAS A BIT SPOTTY FOR ABOUT 2 WKS, NO HEADACHES THOUGH OR MOOD SWINGS. NO PERIOD YET, THOUGH I DO FEEL LIKE I'M HAVING ONE, JUST NO BLEEDING? ANYONE ELSE FEEL THIS WAY, ANYWAY, I'LL WAIT TO SEE HOW IT GOES, DOESN'T APPEAR TO HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FOR ME, BUT EARLY DAYS. P.S MY SISTER-IN-LAW HAS HAD ONE IN FOR 4 MONTHS AND SHE IS OK.

     
    At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the Implanon put in in April of this year, it is now November. I had pretty much no bleeding up until 3 months ago. This may also have to do with my breastfeeding ceasing around that time. However now I am getting 2 week break in between period lasting for 2 weeks. It is a nightmare. It goes for a week and then eases up and just when I think it is about to stop, wham, it becomes really heavy again.

     
    At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had the implanon 4 months ago and have not stopped bleeding from the day i had it i have very bad depression now always irritable and crying alot before i had the implanon i was happy and my period was normal im am defonatly having it removed.
    And it really annoys me that it doesnt say anything about this bleeding on the leaflet other wise i wouldnt of had it put in.

     
    At 4:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had implanon inserted in September this year. In the past 2ish months I have had about 4 days of non bleeding. Although now my periods are very light. Was taking the mini pill to try and counteract the bleeding but that didn't work. My doctor said after 3 months things are supposed to settle down, we'll see...

     
    At 1:04 AM, Anonymous velvetlady said...

    I had my implant in August, some 4 months ago, started with 2/3 days spotting every 2 weeks, now turned to constant light bleeding/heavy spotting. Last week or so have been experiencing regular headaches. Have gone from no period pains to constant period pains and also extremely irritable (bless my b.f for being so patient).

     
    At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my implant fitted in March 2005 and its is now December 05. I have had pretty much constant bleeding, spots, severe period pains and i am in the processing of having it removed. I went for an MRI to locate it last week - they found it - the made an incision in my arm on Monday and searched for an hour but never found it!!!!! I am now waiting for advices from Implanon and how to get it removed !!!!

     
    At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had mine inserted in Oct 05, I was very pleased, my period came on the same date in Nov and again beginning of December but yes this week after a 5 day gap I have received a second period, much heavier. I hope this doesn't continue!!!!

     
    At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yeah i've had mine for about a month and a half, and i got my period about a week and a half ago, and it used to only go for about four or five days. I havn't had any other side effects apart from period pain at the beginning of my period, i just hope that the bleeding will stop after what i have heard from the rest of these girls....it worries me and i don't see the point in having it if there is continual bleeding.

     
    At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I felt that I must write in and say that I have had my implanon in for three years now. Yes it is hard in the begginging, with bleeding irregular. But it does get easier. I bled slightly on and off for the first 6 months then nothing for nearly a year. I do get some bleeding now and again but only once or twice a year that only lasts a week or so. The only real problem I have had is the sore breasts which i get every 2 months that last for a few days. But I can honestly say that this is a small price to pay for no unwanted pregnancy's and dreadfull heavy periods every month.

    Just give it time if you are having problems.

     
    At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had the implant about a 2 months ago, and i had no side effects to begin with, but i cam on my period nine days ago and i am still on quite heavy, from reading other comments i hope this does not continue! but on the positive side it is great not having to use condoms (im in a serious relationship) or remember the pill!! lets just see how things go, but i am considering having it removed if the bleeding doesnt calm down

     
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    At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hiya can anyone help me?????
    im 15/16 years old and i have had the implanon inserted 5months ago. at first i had no period or the first 3months but for the past 2months i have been on and off alot.its normally after sex that i will come on and im too scared to talk to my mum about it and im too scared to go to the doctors. is there anything wrong with me? i know that you can have irreguar periods heavy and long light and short but issit normall for me to be on every other week nearly? please help me! thanks everyone! x

     
    At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi, i got implanon put in in almost 4 months ago and have been heavily bleeding ever since (by heavy, i mean i've have had to go back to maternity size pads yeah pretty bad!) though the doctor gave me these pills called Cyklokapron u have to take 2 4time a day for like 4 days, that worked for a week, but now its back and its worse than b4!!!! also i have been having side effects simmilar to that ov being pregnate though im not... wierd.

     
    At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,
    i had implanon fitted last june.I had no symptons or bleeding for one month and then my period started and well.. it hasn't stopped! it is usually very light but its now April and as you can imagine I'm pretty fed up of it.Have just tried cerezette the progesterian only pill for 2months and it hasn't made a difference. After talking it throught with the doctor I'm going to come off it and wait a month and see if it settles down if not the doctor recommended Marvelon for a couple of months and if that doesn't solve it then its coming out!On the good side tho I have lost a stone in weight (don't no if this is directly related, I haven't dieted or anything!)

     
    At 5:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon inserted about six weeks ago. Everything was fine for the first month but I have now had a heavy period for about 2 weeks. I do love not having to remember to take a pill and it has had no effect on my ability to breast feed my baby. So I will stick it out for now. I also had a very bad migraine the day after insertion.

     
    At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    I've had Implanon for a year and a half now, having come off Depo Provera to give this one a try mainly due to not having to go back every 3 mths for a jab, and the immediate return to fertility.

    I had absolutely no problems whatsoever for the first 15/16mths, not a single period, no side effects, etc. I've been on one form or another of the pill since I was 15 due to very severe periods, so I've pretty much tried them all!

    I have in the last month experienced a return of my "period" - just very light bleeding, hardly anything at all but enough to need to use a mini tampon most days - however I have noticed that it increases significantly following intercourse.

    I would suggest to the earlier poster re. bleeding after sex that you get yourself checked out to make sure there isn't anything sinister going on as some nasties can cause such bleeding.

    I have thought about having it removed but I can only use this type of contraception (have an allergy/bad side effects to oestrogen based pills) and this is by far the best method I have come across to date with regards the actual contraception, ease of taking, and control of periods.

     
    At 10:34 PM, Anonymous laughingfreek said...

    I LOVE IMPLANON! No weight gain, my periods have gone completely, my skin has improved and i've had no mood problems. I'd DEFINITELY reccomend trying it if you haven't particularly if like me your family history makes the ordinary pill a no no. The only difficulty where I'm from is finding people to fit it.

     
    At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my last implanon for four years, you are supposed to take it out after three but i just forgot! it was really good i would often go up to six months or more without a period and then when i did get it i would only get slight bleeding.
    I have had the new implanon inserted roughly 2 and a half months. its been a really drag!! the first period i got i thought i'd been kicked in the stomach by a horse. it was really bad. then it went away and i got my period again another three days later. this time it lasted for three weeks. it then went away for roughly one week. i then got my period on the 29th of may and it lasted for six weeks. i went though a pack of four superslim tampons. it has been roughly one week since i have had no period. and i really hope it doesnt come back. the last implanon i had was great, but it is like this one is different. im not sure. but any way i will only put up with it for another 2 months. if it settles fine but if not, im taking it out.
    It is good to hear feedback, and know im not the only one out there!! Thanks girls

     
    At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had 'IT' inserted in Feb 2006 after a termination and for the first 5 months i thought it was the best thing ever! About 5 weeks ago, i noticed a light brown disharge that then turned into spotting and then to a full on period. Didnt mind to much as i excpected it to go in a week or so...WRONG! The bleeding now has its own pattern, light, then heavy, then light, then stops for 1 day and the whole process continues again the following week. I havent had sex in a month, im going out of my mind with his stupid thing! Im worried because my implanon is not very new and i should've passed the 'settling in' time, why now after 6 months am i having a constant period?...Can the codtor prescribe anything to stop the bleeding quickly?

     
    At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my implant put in just over 3 years ago for the first 2 years it was great i did put on weight but it settled down. Last year i had a new one put in and its been a nightmare constant bleeding for weeks on end been bleeding for the last six weeks with no break. Does taking the mini pill stop the bleeding?

     
    At 3:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi, i was still pondering on this implanon and after reading lots and lots of comments from lots of other girls like me, i would like to thank you all for contributing in some way to my decision making, its been a tough choice, yet to think of those menses lasting almost 'continously' is a little scary..

    i do wish someone would come up with something which doesnt have an entire encyclopedia of side effects..
    once again thanks ladies and i hope that the troubles you are experiencing ceases soon. :)

     
    At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I feel so upset to have finally faced my worries and searched on the net to try to find out if there's a link between implanon and the few weeks of desparate unhappiness that I have been experiencing since having my first implanon inserted.

    It is frightning.

    After using all sorts of varieties of the pill without any issue, I have risked my relationship with my boyfriend and losing my own self-esteem by having this implanon inserted. My boyfriend has been amazing but together we've been struggling with inexplicable drastic mood swings on my part. It has made me a total emotional mess (and let me assure you there is absolutely no mistaking the difference), so sensitive and teary and emotionally weak... like having one of the most debilitating cases of PMT, but PERMANENTLY (while its in my arm)!!! It is shocking.

    Unlike many of the others I have not had any troubles with bleeding or acne, but have experienced a bit of weight gain (not from eating more either!) and most critically, this emotional landslide. Trust me, please take it from me - it is not worth it. Other chatrooms I have found have many women saying the same thing, and I feel so sad knowing that had I read them feeling like I do now I would never have bothered changing over.

    Please think more than twice about doing this. You will read all sorts of stats about how it's good for the majority but that's usually only taking into account a single symptom (such as bleeding) and not the catalogue of shocking things that can go wrong.

    Don't do it if the pill works for you. Don't do it if anything else works for you. It's absolutely not worth the risk.

     
    At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Check these out. what is being said here, the desperation and shocking and dramatic changes, is what I feel now. DON'T DO IT IF YOU'VE GOT A METHOD THAT WORKS ALREADY.

    http://au.messages.yahoo.com/health/womens_health/185/

    http://www.medhelp.org/forums/mentalhealth/messages/32116.html

     
    At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    IS IT WORTH IT? I THINK NOT

    "According to a review of Implanon published in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy in 2001, about 47 percent of women reported at least one side effect during the three years."

     
    At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi there, iv just come across this site. i really need some firm advice on what to do. iv just come off the depo and that was no good for me at all.constant bleeding, very inconvient!i now have an appointment for the implant to be fitted but am so confused that im not sure if it'll be any better!!

     
    At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    To the above post, I agree with some of the other posts... don't opt for implanon if you haven't tried other options. Depo clearly isn't right for you, but how about the normal pill?
    I can't stress enough either how frightning and disconcerting the mood swings and depression can be from implanon. I am waiting to have mine out now and how I wish I had never tried it out.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it is banned one day... there are just more and more of these stories coming out, as women realise they aren't going crazy but are victims of an artificial hormonal imbalance.

    Don't do it... try anything else. Having implanon for the sake of convenience is a huge gamble.

     
    At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i tried the pill for just under a month and received migraines every few days, so i opted to try the implanon as a friend had told me she recieved no periods at all. i got the implanon inserted 2 weeks ago, on the first day of my period...and it still hasnt stopped!! this is rather inconvenient to say the least, and i was wondering if its likely to stop anytime soon as im considering getting it removed if this continues...

     
    At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ive been on the 'bar' for exactly a year and a half now (got it last may). When it first went it i got my peroid for 3-4 weeks straight and then when it finally stopped i havent had my period till now! I find it the best contraception ever... Ive been on the pill... and am too forgetful ..... condoms are expensive and annoying when u run out ( that is i have a boyfriend... if i was to sleep with any one selse condoms wood be a must) but the bar is cheap as to get in and out, and it sort of takes away the stress of responsibilies and mess once a month (for me that is) the only down i have found is i freak wen someone grabs my arm.... incase of it bending but it hasn't yet in a year and a halfs time so im happy as larry wit it..... if ur in a realtionship this is a great contraception... just dont forget it dont stop stds ladies:)

     
    At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Refer to Diabetes for
    useful information

     
    At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had mine for nearly 2 years and at first it was a breeze - didn't get a single period or spotting - NOTHING!

    In the last 6 months though - its been almost constant though. I wouldnt really call it a period but its a pain - I can't go a day without panty liners or anything. Sometimes it will be all clear for a day or two and I will get so excited that I can go back to my pretty knickers but then it comes back! I cant win and its so annoying!

    What I don't understand is why it started after 14 period free months! Yes, its certainly convenient being in a long term steady relationship but I always feel "dirty". I think its a price that I am going to have to pay.

     
    At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! I got Implanon inserted in October 2005 an dits now September 06. I thought it was god's gift to women until the last couple of months were it seems everytime i have sex i bleed within a couple of hours, (It's definately off putting, my poor boyfriend!). Has anyone else noticed this or could it just eb coincedence. It doesn't seem like new blood so i'm not sure going on the pill will help. Any break through solutions will be welcomed!

     
    At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Well, its good to hear that others have the same sorts of things I do. I got the implanon in Feb 06 because my body just didnt agree with the pill and I was never protected. My husband was very happy to not to have to use condoms and I am very happy not to have to remember a pill every day.
    I havent had a period since february, no spotting, nothing at all till today, when i got some light bleeding. It freaked me out, cos I know there is a small chance of getting pregnant and I thought i might be. I am also on roaccutane and am scared of having a mutant baby cos roaccutane can do some strange stuff to babies. But i did a test and i am apaprently not pregant though I am stil not sure because I havent had a "last period" to go from. Has anyone else experiecned this?

     
    At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had the implant now for about a year. At month three I had to have a overian cyst removed (which is a side affect of the implant), I didn't have it removed as it was unlikely to reoccur and I was having no other problems.

    Now though after a year I have also started to continuously bleed, although it is light, it is very inconvenient and I also feel dirty all the time.

    I love the convenience of the implant but am gutted that it isn't working for me, I'll be getting it removed shortly if the bleeding doesn't stop.

     
    At 3:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi...

    I am 29 years old and have had implanon for almost three years now and I have had months where I had no periods and months that it seemed to never stop! My doctor blamed it on me being slightly overweight but honestly I think almost everyone has side effects. Right now I am 3 months away from having it removed and Im having double periods a month that are heavy and painful. Im glad I am not alone.

     
    At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    I am 18 and i have had the implant since September 06 (so this year) and after reading what everyone has said i'm feeling quite scared.
    In the past month i've only have one week without a period and it's really beginning to drive me nuts.
    My boyfriend is fine with it, but it make me feel dirty (down south), and to be honest, i wish i'd never had it done in the first place.

    I think i'll wait until Christmas and then see about having it removed, because having a period for this long seems to completely remove the benefit of having the implant.

    I just wish i'd read these first.

    Thanks.

     
    At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It hasn't worked for me. Weight gain, sore breasts for about a week, severe period pain (wakes me up at night) No sex drive!! Crying for no reason. My period comes about once every two months but when it does it sticks around for a long time. I am going completely insane. Can't wait to get it out

     
    At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had mine for 4 years. First time round it was fine, second time round (last year) my arm itched for weeks! But I definately think it is worth it. I've heared that Implanon uses the same drug as the 3 month injection. The great thing about Implanon is that you can take it out and you are back to normal in 3 days. Whereas if you take the injection, you have to wait three months before you are back to normal. For anyone considering implanon, it is worth a try. If it doesn't work out, then you can easily get rid of it!

     
    At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HI THIS IS MY SECOND IMPLANT NOW THE FIRST TIME ROUND WAS GREAT PERIODS ONLY ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS SO IT WAS WICKED BUT THIS TIME ROUND IM SOOOOO GUTTED IRREGULAR BLEEDING PROLONGED BLEEDING THREE DAY BREAKS MOOD SWINGS YOU NAME IT I GOT IT SO MISERABLE AND IT BEEN LIKE THIS FOR 4 MONTHS CANT REALLY SEE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL BUT GOT TO WAIT TILL IT BEEN IN FOR 6 MTHS B4 THEY WILL DO ANYTHING

     
    At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm 17 and can definately relate to the prolonged bleeding thing. I had my 1st implant fitted in January and 10 months down the line my periods still haven't stopped (although i did have a 3 week break in the middle somewhere with very light bleeding rather than the usual medium bleeding) and this past week they've been getting alot heavier. Pads to keep me fresh are costing a fortune coz i have to use so many. Since having the implant i've been feeling more and more depressed and emotional. I cry at the slightest thing and my poor boyfriend of 2 years has bravely been putting up with me acting so fragile and snappy. Its amazing how such a small thing can make you feel like your carrying around such a heavy weight. I'm not saying don't go near the implant, but please, at least take a while to consider it as usually you have to wait 4-6 months to have it removed.

     
    At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi
    My name is Lauren and I am 22 and I have recently gotten married. I have had the implonon in my arm for nearly 3 years. In the first 5 months I had very heavy and pro longed periods, so my doctor advised me to go on the pill as well. This has helped me a lot. I have every single symptom there is to have with this implonon but I have tried so many other contraceptives and this was best. I now am experiencing weakness, muscle aces, headaces (normal for me), loss of apetite, nausea, dihoreah and constipation. I think its time to get it taken out. Has anyone else had the same as me?

     
    At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey..
    i got my implinon about a year ago and its been really really great!
    i got realy slight bleeding when my first period came after insertion.. and then after that, no more periods :D
    its great! no pain no side effects :D
    life is so much easyer without my period... ive never been happier

     
    At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon inserted last Thursday (its now Monday) and am experiencing excrutiatingly sore breasts. Its to the point where I can't lay on my stomach or even run up the stairs in my home without sharp stabbing paints. Even sitting at the computer I am aware of the tenderness. Unfortunately due to many food allergies my ingestion of the pill wasn't 100% and so not a reliable method of contraception. I also experienced severely erratic periods with heavy spotting whilst taking the pill (probably due to my decreased ingestion of the hormone). Being in a committed relationships (and having them break in the past) we do not use condoms and so Implanon is my only method of reliable contraception (I am in Australia and it is the only implant available at this point). I got onto the internet to look at the side effects (I was worried about being pregnant because of the tenderness but can see now it is likely just a side effect of this implant) and after reading the horrible experiences people have had with this implant could just cry from the emotional and physical problems I will have to endure as there is no other reliable method for me. I worry for my self-esteem, relationship and mental health (I already suffer from anxiety disorder - I don't think I could also handle depression). I was made aware that I could experience "some" heavy bleeding (the practitioner made it seem like this was rare) but was not made aware of any of the other side effects. Having no other method of reliable contraception I do not know what my choice would have been. I sincerely hope that the comments here are from the minority of Implanon users and that those who are happy with the product have not seen the need to look it up on the internet and therefore share their views. If the views shared are from the majority then I think that as with cigarettes, women should be made aware of the side effects in DETAIL not in passing, as well as perhaps have some time to study the information leaflet and consider everything before being allowed to have the implant. Despite this being my last resort, I feel cheated and in a way lied to (I have no other way of describing the feeling) about the experiences I may have using Implanon. I anxiously await my experience with this product and hope that it all works for the best for myself and any others who find themselves in the same predicament as I am in.

     
    At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I recently got the Implamon incerted and for the first three weeks i had no bleeding, when i got my period it was extremely light and i thought this is great...well its been a week and a bit now it hasn't stopped yet...and although it doesn't bother me too much i just wanted to see what other people had to say...I want to thank the person who said that the first 6 months are hard and it gets better after that. I hope so, but if not ah well lifes like that sometimes. I am not getting mine removed since i dont find the light bleeding a problem, i would rather go on iron tablets and have a constant period than a child at my age (19). I am lucky to only have the light bleeding as my only side effect and i feel that since implamon i feel i can really relax during sex because the worry of falling pregnant is practically non-existant. Thanks girls for your other posts!! ;) And i hope the bad side-effects ease up for the people who have them!
    ~Petra

     
    At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I recently got the Implamon incerted and for the first three weeks i had no bleeding, when i got my period it was extremely light and i thought this is great...well its been a week and a bit now it hasn't stopped yet...and although it doesn't bother me too much i just wanted to see what other people had to say...I want to thank the person who said that the first 6 months are hard and it gets better after that. I hope so, but if not ah well lifes like that sometimes. I am not getting mine removed since i dont find the light bleeding a problem, i would rather go on iron tablets and have a constant period than a child at my age (19). I am lucky to only have the light bleeding as my only side effect and i feel that since implamon i feel i can really relax during sex because the worry of falling pregnant is practically non-existant. Thanks girls for your other posts!! ;) And i hope the bad side-effects ease up for the people who have them!
    ~Petra

     
    At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    haha, this implanon is a load of crap, ive had it in for 6 months now. they say that 1 in 5 experience prolonged bleeding, they GOT IT WRONG WAY AROUND. its actually 1 in 5 that DO NOT experience prolonged bleeding while the other 4 out of 5 get prolonged bleeding ranging from 4 weeks to 3 months. when i first got it put in 1 month later had period for 2 weeks, 3 weeks after that no bleeding then on cam another period, this lasted 3 weeks, then 3 weeks break again then another period, lasted 4 weeks, 3 week break then yep you guessed it, another period that lasted 5 WEEKS!!!!. i have another 2 weeks left and you can guess it, a period of bloody 6 weeks i predict. if that happens, guess what? good bye implanon, I CANNOT TOLERATE IT!!! this is the worst thing i have ever had done to me, i DO NOT recommend it to any one.

     
    At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had implanon inserted a year ago and its the best thing i ever got! my periods have stopped completly but the pms is still there!! bit scary when your weepy and moody and dont have a reason for it!
    the only time i had a period was when i had a flu and my imune system was low so i dont know exactly what that means and i have acne now for the first time in my life lol if thats all i have to worry about then im not complaining!

     
    At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had mine for the 3 years. Never a problem, very few periods. I think this site is one sided in that only people who have problems do an internet search or post replys. I know many people who are very happy with implanon and always have been. If you don't like it, make it clear to your doctor that you want it out. They cannot make you keep it. They must do what yo say, especially if your mental health is at risk. YOU know what is best for your body. Not some guy with a degree.

     
    At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey, i have had implanon for just over a month and a half now. its not been so good. ive had my period for 33 days straight now. pretty much got it straight after it finished. its light and then heavy. the doctor says its a normal side effect but he aint the one bleeding like a stuffed pig day in and day out now is he. ill stick with it for a few more months, if no improvements - ill have to try something else.

     
    At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    had implant jan 06, a bit of spotting now and then till oct. 2 weeks off, 2 weeks 2days on, getn fed up with it now.was on depo before,because my age was advised to come off it, goin to family planning soon cant go on like this much longer.

     
    At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am a British woman who had the implanon implant 3 months ago. If you are considering this implant, based on my experience i would give some honest, down-to earth advice.

    1. don't believe those who say it is incredibly painful to insert. you are given anaesthetic first and don't feel a thing. word of advice though: DO NOT take it out of its packet to look at the needle it is inserted with- it will only scare you!

    2. My arm was sore for a while afterwards, however the main side effect has been the fact i have had a 3 month long period, though it is very light. this is extremely frustrating but it doesn't happen in most women, so i am told, and should settle down. i hope it will stop soon- but if this would potentially cause a serious problem for you or your partner, don't have it done!
    my skin also felt slightly drier, but as an occassional acne sufferer this actually helped me and i didn't mind much.

    3. i haven't put on any weight or to the best of my knowledge, experienced any mood swings (maybe i should ask my partner!)or any of the other problems associated with hormanal contraceptives.

    in conclusion i would say that if peace of mind is a priority (as it is for me, a student) it is a good contraception to have, it is actually very slightly more effective than sterilisation! but it does come at a price, side effects wise. only you can decide if its worth it.

     
    At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Reading these comments has really helped but I can't help but still feel worried. I'm 18 and I had my implanon fitted in Sept 06 so just over 6 months ago and I had no periods or bleeding at all until a couple of weeks ago, the bleeding lasted a week, I was worried about it but seen as it stopped after a week I assured myself it was ok. However, a couple of days ago I started bleeding again and I a very worried now as it is so soon after the last time and especially seen as i had nothing whatsoever for 5 or so months... Is this normal or should I take a trip to the doctors to be on the safe side? Any opinions/or relations to own experiences would be appreciated as I'm beginning to spend most of my time worrying about it now. Thanks x

     
    At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi, i have just had my third implant inserted. yes i'm up to number 3! the first three years i had no side effects and no period. the same thing for the next two years. this past year i have had spotty, light bleeding. but i have chosen to give it one more shot. i think this is a great, inexpensive form of contraception if you are in a relationship and if it works for you. many friends have tried it and have had serious side eefcts.

     
    At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i have had it in now for 2 years with nothing no bleeding no pain. i love it i have told all my m8s to get one. until 1 month ago all was fine but now ive started spotting which is a bummer it realy light and only on wiping. i trust it and i am going to get it replaced next year for sure.

     
    At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi..

    I am happy to say that today I decided to take off the implant after almost 4 years of having it. My doctor was not suprised AT ALL that I wanted it removed and not inserted again. I guess many women went through the same symptoms of neverending periods, breast soreness, weight gain, headaches, mood swings from hell, just to name a few!

    Do what your body tell you, not the doctor!

     
    At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow, so I am 19 years old, and have been on the pill since I was 13 due to bad ovaries and extremely heavy periods. I havn't gotten my implanon yet, but am scheduled for the implant this tuesday (6/19/07). After reading these side effects and problems, I am no longer sure I want it! The pill is really no problem for me. I don't find it problem to remember to take a tiny pill each night...should I still get the Implanon??

    Also, with the possible side effects (facial hair growth, acne, constant periods, etc) it seems to be a pretty effective form of birth control because those symptoms may make women not want to be snuggling up with a man in bed! I don't want that

     
    At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi i had my implant fitted in december-06 after the birth of my daughter i thought it would be great to not think about taking the pill its now june-07 and ive not stopped bleeding since the birth its driving me mad also moods are all over the place i feel like a mad woman ive also put on weight im now having it taken out it is ment to stop you getting pregnant well it works because you cant enjoy sex with all the bleeding i wouldnt advise having it fitted try something else.

     
    At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    dont have the implant fitted.

     
    At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    just wanted to say...have had two implants...one after another...am nearing the end of the 2nd one....that's nearly 6 years all up... only thing i have to say against it is the mood swings/psychosis and lack of libido..started off, no period...then near end of 2nd implant severe breast pain and total lumpiness...OW.... and PMS like 20 days prior to periods..irational feelings that are totally backed up by truth...imagine conspiracy theories...whats with that?.... it's hard to argue with someone that believes they are telling the truth....that's how it has been for me recently...5 months before due to run out. but this only happens 2-3 weeks before period...period fine then mybe 5 days grace...then cycle all over again?? yay!!!! my boyfriend thinks i'm crazy... i think i'm crazy... my natropath thinks i'm totally sane and should get the rod removed!!! he says that it effects pheramones and attracts "wrong" people to you??? what u think??

     
    At 11:59 PM, Blogger sam said...

    I had the implanon inserted 5 weeks ago and had to have it removed this week. If you have an existing mental illness I strongly advise you against it. I was not warned that it could play havoc with my OCD and depression but it did and it got scary.

    I was a witch, I was moody, and there were times where I wanted to kill myself, I didn't know who I was and felt like some one evil had taken over my brain.

    My stomach got bloated and I looked 9 mths pregnant, I bled constantly.

    They wanted to make me wait for 6 mths before I got it removed but I will not put my life in danger and I stuck to my guns and made so much fuss that they eventually agreed to remove it.

    3 days later and my stomach is still bloated, I am still spotting but my mood swings have drastically improved already.

     
    At 3:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had implanon inserted in april i stopped bleeding for a week but no i have been bleeding for 70 days straight now an its not light goes from pritty heavy to normal to light then i think im almost stooped cause its light again an then bam its back heavy again. i dont no weather to get it out or not. i have 3 kids already im only 20 i do not want to get pregnate again. cant do the pill cause i always forget it dont no what to do

     
    At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just had implanon inserted and so far it has not bothered me but I am just sketchy on when it actually takes effect... like how many days does it take? months even!?
    My boyfriend is pulling the whole I feel old thing and wants a kid and I dont want one yet so I had this done so he wouldnt know *i did not even bruise!*
    but I was using pills before idk

     
    At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    FINALLY, I found a place to see what was going on with other people taking Implanon. I was starting to feel like a FREAK calling the nurse and worrying about the bleeding. I am upset that I wasn't told that so many women have alot of unnecessary bleeding. I was expecting to see spotting...
    When I took the three month shot, I spotted every day for 3 months. I never took it again.
    I COUNTED ON THE CALENDAR AND IVE HAD IMPLANON IN MY ARM FOR 47 DAYS---OUT OF THAT 47 DAYS, I SPENT 24 WEARING PADS AND TAMPONS. THE FIRST "PERIOD" CAME SHORTLY AFTER INSERTION AND WAS REALLY HEAVY FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS. THE SECOND, IT LASTED OVER TWO WEEKS AND STAYED AT MEDIUM-LIGHT FLOW. ACTUALLY, I AM STILL HAVING BLEEDING. I CALLED THE NURSE YESTERDAY AND SHE INSISTED THAT I GIVE IT MORE TIME, BUT HERE, I SEE THAT WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD PROLONGED ANNOYING BLEEDING CAN'T REALLY EXPECT IT TO STOP. SINCE 30% HAD IT REMOVED WITHIN 2 YEARS DUE TO BLEEDING, I DONT FEEL THAT THIS PATTERN WILL CHANGE. I AGREED TO GIVE IT MORE TIME, BUT LUCKILY, MY HUSBAND IS WILLING TO GET A VASECTIMY. ANYWAY, I HAD PAINFUL CRAMPING HERE AND THERE IN THE BEGINNING WITH NO BLOOD SHOW. NORMALLY, I WILL HAVE PAIN MY FIRST DAY-HAVE 5 DAY PERIODS, AND THATS THAT. I THINK ITS FUNNY THAT SOMEONE SAID THEY FEEL DIRTY ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I DO TOO WHEN I WEAR THE SAME LINER FOR HOURS AT A TIME FOR DAYS ON END... IT SUCKS TO ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT GETTING BLOOD ON THE SHEETS. ITS SUMMER AND I LIKE TO SWIM, BUT THIS BLEEDING IS BECOMING A B*TCH TO DEAL WITH.
    THE PAMPLET TELLS YOU NOTHING ABOUT THIS AND IF IT DOES, IT MAKES IT SEEM AS THOUGH IT DOESNT HAPPEN OFTEN. MY DOCTOR TOLD ME NOTHING ABOUT BLEEDING ALTHOUGH WOMEN SEEM TO BE CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. THATS A BUNCH OF BULL.

     
    At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my implanon fitted about month & abit ago

    Just come on my first period after having it fitted

    has lasted 8 days nows, seems to be abit lighter but sometimes thicker.

    My GP reccommended going on implanon after i couldnt stay on the pill because of a stroke risk, which i inherited from my family.

    Im hoping the bleeding will eventually settle down, if not ma GP said i could go back on the pill.

     
    At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Had implant fitted in march 2007 it has been 5 months and periods have been light and less painful than before although longer and 2 weeks between them, previously I had been getting very heavy 3 day lasting painful periods. Although I do have lots of small spots on my forehead that feel like milkspots that wont go away :( a bit annoying.

     
    At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon put in just under three years ago and it has worked really well for me. My periods stopped immediatley and I suffered no side effects. I'm due to have it taken out in 3 months and recently I've been spotting a bit. Nothing a pantyliner can't handle but still annoying. I'm assuming this is because the hormone is running out...? I'd recommend Implanon to anyone!

     
    At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am scheduled to get implanon implanted next week. After reading these comments however I feel I might cancel that plan. My doctor never informed me that so many people have such prolonged bleeding. I am currently on the Depo shot and was advised to get off due to my body size and bone degration. I am torn on which sounds worse! I don't have any period on the shot and no side effects other then the possible bone issue. Has anyone else come off depo and gone on implanon? Did you see many change? Why can't their just be an easy answer!!

     
    At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    18 years old, implant placed in april 07 so i'm going on month five. i havent had a period since june and have had breast soreness and minor emotional stress. I was mostly worried about pregnancy and came online to make sure that i wasnt the only one skipping months of periods.

    i have to agree with the woman who pointed out that we all have different bodies and systems. this is definitely a step up from norplant since i havent heard of anyone on here who's experienced hair loss.

     
    At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had implanon for 4.5 years now, I'm on my 2nd one. For the first three years, i experienced no period at all, no weight gain, a little spottier, but i thought it was my diet. And up until today, i experienced no period either. today i had a little dark brown thick spotting.. fist time in years! freaked me out a little considering i havent had a period in over 4 years!
    i would highly recommend implanon as a source of confidance in no unwanted pregnancies, and no unwanted mood swings!

     
    At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ive had my implanon since may 2006, so its been well over a year.. and i was experiancing all the same effects as i see on this forum ie. non stop bleeding, breast tenderness. The doctor i went to told me 3 months and it should calm down... 3 months later i was still bleeding. But i gave it 'TIME' and a year later its settled down ive actually stopped bleeding and its completly worth it.. 'Better than getting pregnant' haha.. so the message im giving is just give it time and see how it goes, if you just cant bear it get it taken out.

     
    At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had mine put in in march 07 after falling pregnant on the pill, i too had a month of no bleeding then one week heavy next week light no period for a day and bk round again this wen ton for 3 and half months but then i didnt have a period for two months then it settles down to being a period of 3 weeks and its still heavy light heavy light but i dont mind its so convenient and i think it is getting better with time so im not going to moan like u say just give it time x

     
    At 5:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had mine in for a year and a half now.
    Constant period. Heavy, light. you name it. it hasent stopped at all and i'm now getting it taken out on thursday. I'm hoping it hasnt come to the point that im infertile.

     
    At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just had my implant removed today, that was awful but I can get a bit squeamish at times. I had a local anesthetic but I could still feel the knife. I have had a few problems with prolonged bleeding and clots over the three years but it is such a relief not to have had to worry about taking the pill or getting pregnant. I THINK ALL YOUNG GIRLS SHOULD CONSIDER THIS IMPLANT! If you don't like it it can be removed. I was only 18 when I had this and I think it was one of the best life choices I have ever made... The pros defiantly outweigh the cons!

     
    At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ALL MEDICATIONS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS - and these affect different people different ways. Of all the contraceptive methods I researched implanon had the least side effects, and was the most reliable and convenient. IF YOU HAVE SEVERE OR PROLONGED SIDE EFFECTS LIKE BLEEDING SEE YOUR DOCTOR there are things that they can do for you - a short course of the pill may help settle it, or cyklokaron, etc, or maybe another form of contracpetion will work better for you. If your symptoms haven't settled after the 3 month period that it takes your body to adjust to the huge hormonal changes that implanon (and most other contraceptives) causes in your body GO AND SEE A DOCTOR! I did.

     
    At 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Things were fine for me for about 2 years, then I started bleeding every 2 weeks. Full-on periods which lasted a week, and a week break, and another week of period. I finally removed it in Oct07.

    I had my period very soon after, and am still waiting for the next period to come. AND IT HAS BEEN 50 days since. I had symptoms of hormonal imbalances, very akin to pregnancy symptoms, but i wasn't pregnant.

    Although the Implanon official slip says that the hormone released is out of your system in a few days, and the chance of falling pregnant is the same. Apparently, it does that a while for your body to get ready for ovulation again.

    Personally, will not recommend it. If starting a family in the future is important to you, there is a chance that implanon will upset your system so much that it may take longer to conceive

     
    At 5:13 PM, Blogger Celine said...

    Hi, I'm a 23 year old UK girl. I have had Implanon in my arm for just a month now. At the moment, the side effects are terrible : ( Although I've not had any bleeding or anything like that, I have felt the effect on my moods 1000%. I feel very weepy, sad and negative about everything. I keep thinking morbid thoughts. Before I had the implant I felt positive about life and the future (although it's true I've always been prone to depression). I have been really irritable and this has caused me to be snappy and confrontational at work and with my boyfriend also (neither of which is a good thing!). My skin feels a little spotty (was clear as day before), I have also been experiencing terrible headaches that make me want to scrunch my eyes up all the time because it consumes the whole of my head! My breasts were very sore for the first couple of weeks but that seems to have dies down now. However, I also have NO sex drive, which is awful as you can imagine. I can't get turned on at all, fullstop. This is such a horrible combination of side effects, that if I get anything else or they do not die down with time I will definately be getting this thing taken out. Even if I have to do it myself!!

    Anybody experienced depression/ headaches etc. going away with time on Implanon?

    Celine
    x

     
    At 12:29 AM, Anonymous dont want a baby but not using this!!! said...

    I had tha implanon fitted on the 13th nov 07 and today is the 3jan 08. I hate it, I've had a 5 week period, no sex drive, constantly crying or arguing, my other half is scared to speak to me, I feel knackered and pathetic and just want to curl up in a ball. I have phoned the GU clinic to have it out and they say I have to keep it for 3 months. NO WAY. If anyone else experiences this, tell them you are now suidicial (even if you're not) - they might think you are a bit odd but they take it out, have appt booked for one week to have it out, cannot wait. I want to have a normal one week period with a 3 week gap to the next one, feel myself again, not be a crabby cow and want sex again.

    Condoms may be a passion killer but implanon is a relationship killer. Never ever again.

     
    At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Dawn said...

    Hi, i got it put in about 7 months ago and i have had nothing wrong the only thing that is bad about this whole birth control thing is that you never know when you are going to bleed and all of that but it does hurt when they put it in. one thing i would say to you is if you really dont want to have kids now and you dont really care when your periods come and its alright if it suprises you then this is the birth control for you but if no then dont get it

     
    At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Phew, thank God I'm not the only one going through this!
    I'm almost 31 and had previously been on Depo since I was 22 but 2 years ago my Doc told me of bone degeneration with Depo so I opted for Implanon in May 06(could never remember to take oral pill on time). (BTW its now 11 Jan 08 - 19 months later).
    The first side effect I experienced was severe breast tenderness, I didn't mind it too much as I had experienced this when I was on Depo. Now I get really sensitive nipples and sore swollen boobs for about a week or so then it would fade away until a month later and the same cycle recurs.
    Then the mood swings started...I thought I was going insane. I would cry at anything, my boyfriend just had to look at me funny and I'd burst into tears. I was like a psycho for months(about 6-8 to be exact)! I started taking Evening-Primrose capsules and vitamin B complex as recommended by my doctor. These have helped a bit for PMS but I think I was past the worst of the mood swings by the time I started taking them.
    I had light spotting on and off for the first 9 months then the periods and cramps started, irregularly at first but then a normal cycle began. Breast tenderness for 1 week followed by cramps for another week then 8 day period followed by a week of normality before the cycle started off again.
    All of this I could handle but I also get very itchy down below about a week before my period and then just after it with quite heavy discharge. I am having Laser Hair Removal done on my bikini line so I put the itching down to the hair regrowth but to be honest its all in too much of a pattern to be due to the hair removal. Nonetheless I have persevered.
    I noticed a few other people mentioned the lack of sex drive. I thought I had just lost interest in my boyfriend as we've been together for almost 6 years now. I used to be quite horny a lot of the time and I suppose I put it down to the 'blissful period' just fading away. Now that I see others have it too, I know I'm not my usual self and what else could it be!
    For those who have constant bleeding...I think I'm at the beginning of it. My period at the end of Nov was followed by a day of bleeding a week later. My Dec period ended 30 Dec. 9 days later I got period cramps, on the 10th day I got my period again, I still have it 3 days later.
    I spoke to the Doctor who said its probably due to the Implanon.
    So after giving it 19 months I am going to get it removed. I want my sex drive back. I want to go swimming without worrying about straying tampon strings. I want my head to be clear.
    The only reason I changed from Depo was that a doctor told me it's been linked to brittle bones. My own GP told me recently that as long as I have enough calcium in my diet it shouldn't matter. So even though I did experience extended periods of breast tenderness with Depo, I'm going to go back to it. It kicks Implanon's ass as far as I'm concerned. Hurray I am so looking forward to feeling normal again.

     
    At 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the Implanon instered a month ago but I'm getting it taken out next week to go back on the pill. I didn't have any troubles remembering to take the pill and I had no side effects.

    With the Implanon I've had non-stop bleeding. It's great for the fact that it's so effective and I REALLY don't want to get pregnent but all this bleeding it irritating and I really liked knowing when me next period was due.

    My doctor was really understanding about having it taken out.

    My advice is, if other methods work for you then stick with them to avoid the troubles. Do what feels right for you. Afterall, it's yor body and you know what's best for you.

    Goodluck girls!

     
    At 3:07 AM, Blogger Tysh said...

    Hi, I'm a 20 year old female, and I got the implanon put in about 5 months ago. Ever since I got the thing put in, I have had nothing but problems.

    Since getting it put in my arm, I have had none stop bleeding. I went to a doctor about this a couple of months ago, and she said that she wanted to put me on the pill, as well as the implanon to balance things out and stop the bleedig.

    I didn't really want to do this, so I went to someone else for a second opinion. He disagreed with the whole thing, and made me have a blood test. I found out that I now have low blood cound and extremly low iron. And before the implanon I was a very healthy person.

    The bleeding has been a pain, but not to the same messures as how its caused depression, mood swings and eratic behaviour. It has even got to the point where i have felt suicidal at times.

    I used to be generally a very happy person before the implanon, and now i don't even know where my heads at. Its caused me so many problems and it just seems to be getting worse. I have even become violent towards my partner, and have never been a violent person in my whole life.

    Luckily I am getting it taken out tomorrow and i cant wait!

    I just hope there are no side effects afterwards.

     
    At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got mine inserted in sept 07, for the first 4 months i was getting periods dat lasted up to two and a half weeks but were gettin lighter every month. Then this month i got nothing and feared that i was pregnant. I think the implanon is fantastic but i think it should be explained better about the bleeding and when it stops as there is nothing more frightning then thinkin ur pregnant. Im still worrying and plan to take a pregnancy test so fingers crossed dat i wont be the first ever to fall pregnant while using the implanon.

     
    At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From the southwest-UK.

    I'm on my second implant, the first stayed in for roughly 3.5 years, and this one has been in for about 3.5 years, so due to be removed or changed. Not sure if I'll have another fitted as I am 31 and starting to think if I dont try for children soon I'll never have any!

    In the 7 years I have had the implants I have had no major issues at all. I find at first my periods are very infrequent, but as the implant settles in they get more regular, when getting to the 3 years mark they are almost monthly. I do get some spots on my face, but I'm not sure if it is the implant or my sensitive skin. Mood swings, yes, but I'm a woman so I guess that my perogative.

    I'd recommend implanon, it has served me well by stopping me from becoming pregant in my 20's.

    Thanks for reading! x

     
    At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I barely today had my implanon inserted. I wanted a contraceptive that wasn't weekly, montly,or even worse : daily. I'm always on the go busy busy. i'm 20 and always on school and working full time. so I wanted to get the imlanon. I was on the patch. the patch was very good with no complications but like i said, I wanted to try ,many other options. So far I'm a bit sore but ok. Just weird that I had sex with my boyfriend right after the implant and I was spotting. Not a big deal I'll kepp you girls posted. but so far loving it. didnt affect me going to school the same day!!!!!!

     
    At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had mine fitted back in August - about 8 months a go. Since then I had an initial 6 weeks that were period free and then about 3 to 4 months where I was bleeding lightly all the way through. I am currently not bleeding for at least 2 weeks but I am incredibly teary which is very embarassing. I started crying in my bosses office today! I am also on antidepressants and was fine before I had the implant fitted - certainly not one to burst into tears all the time. I am finding my emotions completely out of control at the moment. I have also had problems with breast tenderness and they have increased by just over 3 cup sizes since the implant was fitted. On top of that I have gained 1 1/2 stone. As you can imagine I would never recommend this form of contraception to anyone. My friend has had a very similar experience.
    Having decided that enough was enough I went to the family planning clinic who agreed to remove it but on examination discovered that it had worked deeper into the muscle than it should have so I have had to wait nearly8 weeks to have it taken out by a doctor rather than the nurse at the family planning clinic. I am having it removed next week. I can't wait. I just hope the symptoms go away once it is removed. Good luck to all of you. x

     
    At 1:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have a pre-existing anxiety disorder and I've recently overcome depression I had as a child after I had my son. I've only had the implanon in for about 3 weeks, but I haven't noticed any side effects except light spotting. There is very little blood and my boyfriend doesn't seem to mind waiting for a really light day to have sex. I also had acne before, and it seems about the same, maybe a little better.

     
    At 10:20 AM, Blogger Genefer said...

    I had my implant put in just over 2 years ago. First 8 months I had near constant bleeding, then it settled and I've had no periods and no problems. However, in the last 4 months, I've started to get periods every two weeks, unbelievably sore breasts, mood swings and bad skin. I went to the doctor who told me I might be pregnant or the implant might be 'wearing off' (which freaked me out!). Turns out I'm not but they are removing it anyway. What annoys me hugely is that it has taken 8 weeks to get an appointment through the NHS in London to get it removed. So for an extra 2 months I have to sit tight with sore and swollen breasts, bloated stomach and bad skin. Oh joy.
    I'm going to give my body a few months to re-adjust to normality before trying anything else.

     
    At 9:30 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

    Had the implant put in about 4 weeks ago on my third day. My period stopped about 2 days after insertion and iv had no problems with it so far!
    just started spotting and the whole craving sweet food so guess im getting my period soon!
    fingers crossed its nothing like all the other stories iv read!
    This is pretty much the only birth control i can take or trust as condoms are just bad as ive had loads of problems with it meaning i had to get the MAP, cant swallow pills so that put out many other options. Never had kids so wasnt allowed IUD's and my clinic didnt stock the patch which was my favourite choice!
    really hoping that Implanon will work for me and if its bad to begin with, i hope it settles down! *fingers crossed*

     
    At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the Implanon bar put into my arm in December 2006, since then the bleeding hasn't stopped unless I take the pill with it, Im having it removed tomorrow. I have gained a lot of weight, and trying to lose the weight with lealthy eating and excersice has been extremely hard. This bar obviously reacts with everyone differently, but due to the problems I had I don't recommend it to anyone!

     
    At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i was on depo for over 2 years before i became concerned about bone loss. with the depo came a loss of my period after 4 months.
    since getting my implanon in dec 07, i havn't had any problems whatsoever.

     
    At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi

    I have been reading all the comments. i have had the implant for 6 months, i have had loads of probelms with it. i have gained 1 1/2 stone and have had continuous bleeding and horrible headaches. The only way it stops you having a baby is by making you feel that ill and ugly that your partner can't and won't coem near you (bless my bf for putting up with all the complaining) the weight is the worst thing for me because i am currently taking a dance and acting qualification. and i am getting held back due to my weight.

    However all implants work differently for different people. so if this is a last resort don't think because it effected your mum, sister or best friend badly, it will do the same for you.

     
    At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had it in for over two years now. The pill gave me terrible thrush so the doc recomended the implant. Since having it in I have had constant bleading and it totally varies in flow. At the moment for the past few weeks it has been very very think and black. So I am a little concerned. In the first year I went back and forth to the doctors, who gave me a variety of mini pills to take as a supplement to stop the bleeding. I found one that worked for a time, but then if I missed one my period would come back and then take ages to go away again after taking the pill again.
    My dictor has been very reluctant to take it out. I mentioned very bad mood swings but he denied this and said it had been proved that implanon did not cause these. Which I dont believe at all.
    I think enough is enough and its ime to insist it comes out or get a new doctor.

     
    At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice to see that this blog is here. I've had Implanon in for a little over a month. The bleeding started soon after, and really hasn't stopped. I had a week of very heavy bleeding, then lighter, then heavier (etc.). I have used FAR more tampons/pads than I normally use in a couple of months' time. I have to always be wearing at least a panty liner "just in case", which is a real nuisance.

    BUT, I will say that my doctor did warn me this would probably happen. He said to expect to have problems for a few months -- and to call him if they didn't subside in 3-4 months. He also wants to know about mood changes (I'm on medication for severe post partum depression).

    He asked me last week how my bleeding was -- and I told him it was constant. He said it was a normal side effect, to try to be patient for a while longer.

    I am just hoping that it DOES subside -- because if it does, this will be quite a nice contraceptive for the next few years!

     
    At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am so glad i found this site!! I thought i might have been the only one experiencing problems, but looking at this everyone seems to be.
    I had my imlpanon inserted 2 years ago.. The first year was fine i had normal periods and didn't experience any of the side effects... However for the past year i am getting irregular periods, some times it may be ever 5 weeks, then 8 weeks and now i am getting them every week and its driving me insane! I have been getting major mood swings; always feel like i am snapping at everyone and have a low sex drive.. I am finally getting it taken out in 2 days and can't wait!

     
    At 6:34 PM, Blogger Diana said...

    I got mine inserted in March '08 and for a while all I ahd to complain about was the constant spotting. But now a 2months later I have acne and I have NEVER had acne before but that's jus the icing on the cake I just 2 days ago noticed some HAIR LOSS!!!! I'm loosing a lot of hair all over but mostly it's all IN THE FRONT WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE!!! It is VERY embarassing to be 23 years old and have to fix my hair in ways to hide my balding spots. I'm taking it out as soon as my insurance kicks in at work!

     
    At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Ashling said...

    i had my Implanon inserted in March 2007 (its now June 08) and i mostly got pretty normal periods, occasionally every second week but no later than four weeks apart. I am now two weeks late, and while i took a pregnancy test (and another just in case) and im not pregnant im just wondering is it normal to get periods and then all of a sudden stop after over a year of having it? would appreciate any similar stories anybody has to show me im not alone!

     
    At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Ashling said...

    sorry i forgot to mention that while i did not get a period and am not pregnant i got getting period pains and sore breasts and felt bloated at the time i normally would every month

     
    At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my implanon inserted on 15/5/08 which was also the first day of my period. I have not stopped bleeding since then. I will give myself until 15/6/08 and if the bleeding does not stop, will have it removed.

     
    At 5:08 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @9:40 AM,

    Ask your Ob/Gyn to give you something ("add-back" rx) to take care of the current bleeding episode. This way you don't need to go through the inconvenience of having the implant removed after just one month of use.

    With continued used, the bleeding pattern will improve.

     
    At 2:37 PM, Blogger Jessi said...

    I’ve had the implant since 09/26/07 and I have not stopped having a period. I was thinking of getting it removed but my husband said that I should wait a full year before getting it removed. But I don’t want anyone to experience what I have. So I would not get this birth control.

     
    At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hiya
    I have had the implant for two n a half months now and it ws okay for the first two months after that i have not stopped bleeding, somtimes its light n sometimes its heavy. Im having it removed as i gt it so i could had safe unprotected sex with my partner n i cnt even do that ne more. It is irritating because i have constant mood swing along with the bleeding n i cnt take it ne mor.

     
    At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i'm sick to death of the implanon. i have my period for 10 days straight...at first was all good until earlier this year....that's when it started to act up....i have foe one week then three days without it then BOOM!!!..it happens again....i'm taking this thing out cause i can't stand to have to bleed all the time it's pretty annoying, plus it sometimes get in the way of sex so i'm gone get on the depo next friday and see how it's gonna be

     
    At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had mine for about 9 months and the first month it was put in i had my period for about five days or something really nightly though. And ever since then I have not had another period and I'm not pregnant. So I looove this!

     
    At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This thing is terrible. I had mine for one month only i had it put it on 6/26/08 first day of period and i didn't stop bleeding until the day i had it removed which was 7/24/08. Im still pretty newly married so you can just imagine how my husband felt. Not only did i bleed everyday but my moods were unbarable no one could stand to be around me. I do have to say im very happy i have insurence so it could be taken out right away and if you do have it removed the doctor will try to talk u out of it. It took me a few phone calls and doctor visits to convince them how much i hated it. And now the worst part of all when i did have it removed it took them 45 minutes and it had already moved and grown onto my skin underneath they pratically had to rip it out i had to ger 4 stitches in my arm from it. So i strongly recommend just sticking with the pill.

    And just out of curiosity did anyone else have major issues haveing it removed I.E like doctors talking you out of it or difficulties with removal.

    and one more question did anyone on here continue bleeding even after removal and if so how long?

     
    At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Lauren Johnson said...

    I have had this worthless thing in my arm for about 3 or 4 months now. It is currently 4.13am and I am standing over my sink crying because my hair is falling out. I noticed it a while ago but now everytime i run my hand through my hair it just keeps coming out. Not to mention the spotting and the depression. I am waiting for 7am to roll around so I can call my gyno and have this removed IMMEDIATELY!!!! this totally wasn't worth the money. I am 19, depressed, and losing my hair that i love so dear. This has definately been a bad decision on my part.

     
    At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am so glad I found this sight. My 19 year old daughter thought she was going crazy--crying, snapping, uncontrollable emotional spasms! She called the doctor who told her that implanon can not cause mood swings and depression. I say with all kindness--bull carp! Thank you for giving us the validation we needed to say confidently to the doctor that something is not right with this implant!!

     
    At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a relief, I'm not alone!!! I have only had the implanon for 6 weeks but have not stopped bleeding since.
    I seem to cry at everything, and i rarely cried before i had this bloody thing put in my arm.
    I went back to the doctors tonight, he said think about it - could try a pill to stop the bleeding and the moods could be to do with everything else happening in my life.
    Is it worth trying or should i just rip the thing out?

     
    At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Implanon is a progestin-only contraceptive. If you have never been on a progestin-only contraceptive before, I would recommend trying one before having Implanon inserted to make sure you do ok with those types of contraceptives. There are progestin-only pills as well as progestin-only injections. If you do well on those, then get Implanon inserted. If not, then you know those types of contraception are not for you.

    I have had Implanon for nearly a year now and have had almost zero side effects. I have gained a little bit of weight... but I honestly can't say for sure that it's even because of Implanon. (Come on ladies, we can't blame every extra pound on our meds!)

    As for bleeding, a month after insertion I had a very light period, but haven't bled once since then. A year without a period! I'm a happy customer. :-) I have heard that bleeding can be more of a problem if your doctor inserts the implant at the wrong time during your cycle. Usually, you want to have it put in during the first few days of your period.

    A coworker of mine has a bleeding problem with Implanon. I asked her about when she had it put in and she said she actually lied to her GYN about being on the first day of her cycle b/c she was impatient and had a busy few weeks coming up and wanted it done. (I guess your doctor isn't going to check your word on it when you are there for a 1 minute procedure). I'm not saying that her bleeding problem is definitely b/c of when she had it done, but it's possible considering I had mine done at the right time in my cycle and I'm not bleeding at all.

    I have long suffered from major depression and anxiety and feared it getting worse from reviews I had read, but I'm happy to say that has not been the case. I have also not had any negative interactions with my other medications.

    Every person is different and every medication will effect individuals differently. Any time there is change in hormones you have to be careful. However, I have nothing but great things to say about Implanon. This is the best contraceptive method I have ever found and in two years I will not hesitate to have another one reinserted.

     
    At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had my implant at the end of january so my six months trial is up and ever since i had it i have been on my period constantly and although very light its quite annoying as i have to wear pantyliners everyday and i only get the odd 3-4 days off every month or so!the doctors have suggested the pill ut thts no good as i had the pill before i got the implant and kept forgetting to take it so i was wondering if anyone could suggest anything else that might help or i could have that not the injection or the coil!

     
    At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi i have had my implant in for 5 months, i consintly bleed, i then got told to go on the pill to settle it down. Now i have no periods... Is this normal???

     
    At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Mary said...

    I've had my implant for about six months now, and I totally stopped having my periods about two months ago. Other than that I haven't noticed any side effects at all. I was on the pill(yasmin) for about six or seven years before I got my implant. Before I had the implant my doctor told me that the pill and the implant have mostly the same kinds of side effects, and if I didn't have any bothers by the pill, I shouldn't have much more by the implant, and he was right! So if you're thinking about getting an implant you should try out the pill first. If you have any reactions to the pill, you shouldn't get an implant either!

     
    At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Aimée said...

    hello!! just got my implanon insterted about 12 hours ago 6 Sept 08, and had done a good bit of research on the net before today! i was so excited getting it done and my doctor told me basically the same as what i had previously read.( eratic bleeding, slim chance of skin problems and chance of bigger appetite... not weight gain![aparently thats caused from over eating!!! lol]!) she told me i would experience eratic bleeding for the first few months but it would settle after a few months and i would not get any period after that!

    although i am excited and hoping all goes well, im slightly distraught after reading all the above comments, as i had not heard the severity of the eratic bleeding! i am very curious about the people who experience constant heavy bleeding.. .. did you experience heavy periods before the implant??? i have always had pleasant periods, very light and only lasting 3-4days, so i am optimistic that i wont experience heavy bleeding.... oh i am hoping not anyway!!

    the reasons i chose to get implanon inserted were
    1. I hav never been on the pill but am totally forgetful and i know i could never remeber or bother to take it everyday!!!
    2. have a long term boyf am only 19, and dont want to get pregnant!
    3. had bad experiences with condoms splitting, and scares!!

    i am optimistic about implanon and hope more people with positive experiences speak up to ease my concern!! lol....

    and could someone answer my question about the bleeding? if it is heavy did you experience heavy bleeding with your period before implanon????



    sorry for blabbing on so much but i found the insertion painless and was so optimistic until reading these comments!! hope to hear back!!

    lots of love and happy birth control!!! xxxxxxxxxx

     
    At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello, I was on the Depro injections for 2yrs then was put onto the implant, had no problems with either of them. I was on the pill before both of these, no prblems with that neither. I'm due to get my implant out next September. I have noticed this september that I have a little spotting over the last few days, this did concern me a little as I haven't had any periods since starting the injections. I don't know what is going to happen next. Reading this page has put me at ease. The only thing I have noticed with the implant is that my hair grows slower. Other than that I have been lucky enough to have no side effects. This page was very helpful, thanks

     
    At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the implant in since April '08, it is now Sept. '08. I, unfortunately am one of the ones that hasn't stopped bleeding since insertion. Most times it is extremely heavy bleeding. I've always had mild depression, since insertion, it's multiplied 10-fold. I've also experienced severe HAIR LOSS, severe PERIOD CRAMPS, DISCOLORATION OF SKIN (on my face), sleep disorder and a host of other, shall we say, ailments. My doctor advised me at 3 months to wait another month to see if my period settles down, it hasn't, nor have the headaches eased up. I AM DEFININTELY HAVING IT REMOVED A.S.A.P.!

     
    At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had implanon for 1 year now, and the first 4 months were fine, i had fairly regular periods and they got lighter and lighter. By the 5th month i had no period and no side effects. this lasted for 5 MORE MONTHS! it was aaawesomeeee ! but, all great things end at some point, and ive had spotting for the past 2 weeks...

     
    At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello i had mine put in about a year ago and can honestlyy say it was the worse thing i had ever done. i have been on my period ever since, looking at my calender adding all the days i have been off my period for in the last year (2 and half months) the doctors tryed to give me noriday on top of this and it didnt help at all. But i guess everyone is different. it jus didnt work for me at all. now i am having it romoved.

     
    At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon inserted may, 27th 2008. the first month My period lasted two weeks, ..july 23rd..stared the next period ..it's now October 6th and it STILL hasn't stopped..:[
    I ALWAYS had normal periods maybe a little heavy bleeding but normal, on time and I could know when they were comming, but not these..
    but, the bleeding is LIGHT and almost as if I spot, it just worries me to bleed this much.

    I'm in a Serious relationship with my Fiance' , so implanon is quite helpful when we don't use perventative methods haha

    I have a baby, I'm in college and I sure don't need another one right now, so Implanon is gonna have to work for me.

    Though I do have a crazy fear of Implanon bending or breaking or poking out or something so I never let anyone touch my arm which is a pain to bump it into something and be paranoid [doesn't hurt though btw].

    && I have noticed a weight gain, but it could be my own fault. >.<

    && SERIOUS emotional problems as if I were pregnant, I cry at the drop of a pen..it's awful.

     
    At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi
    i am 15 and i hav had implanon for about 4 months. i got it in june and it is now october. a week after i got it inserted i started mi period (or what i thought waz mi period). i had mi "period" for 1 1/2 months and it still hadnt stopped. i thought this waz mi bodies way of gettin used to the implanon. mi doctor had said i would hav spottin the 1st couple of weeks. so i waz like big deal this is gunna make mi period go away how cool is that. but then i realized the "spotting" she told me about waz no spottin at all it waz a full on period month after month day after day. it waz so heavy that i needed about 4-5 pads a day. i spent about $100 on pads a month and after 4 months it became ridiculous! and that wasnt the least of it. i had anxiety 24/7 and became very depressed. mi moods changed very fast one min i would b happy and the next i would wanna beat the crap out of someone. this waz actually startin to get in the way of mi life. i am a cheerleader and also the flier and i dont want to go up in the air or do kicks cause of the thought of mi pads not holdin up and havin me bleed thru mi spankies and havin everyone see. i can no longer do anything that normal teenagers do cuz i never hav the energy for any of it. (this implanon has really worn me out) i would really NOT recommend this for anyone. so now 4 months later i am still on mi period and now on a different birth control pill to "help" stop the bleedin. this waz to help me so i wouldnt hav to remember to take the pill every day but wats the point? i hav the bleedin and NOW I HAV TO TAKE THE PILL EVERY DAY TO!!!! and i still hav the implanon in!!!!
    thanks

     
    At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i have had implonon since aug. 08, and i dont really know how i feel about it yet. i have experienced prolonged bleeding, although the last 4 days i havent had anything (knock on wood). also i have noticed my hair falling out but all over not just in one spot, last week i had to go to the dr and have an ultra sound done because i was and still am having pains in my left overy, has anybody else had this problem???
    also i havent read if anybody has actually tried to have kids after they have implonon removed, if so did u?? or r u still trying??
    please let us all know! thanks

     
    At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i got the implonon in april 06 im due to have it out next april i wont be getting another one in as ever since i got it in i get alot of pain and im bleeding up to 2mths straight and having a max of 5days off where im not bleeding witch is making me low in iron and so on..i wouldnt recommend the implonon for anyone...

     
    At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had implanon inserted about 8 weeks ago, and i have had a period ever since! not a regualar one though, this is just a light bleeding and lasts about 2 weeks then stops for 2 days and starts again. is this normal???

     
    At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think this forum looks bad ONLY because it is just the people suffering from negative side effects that seek out these websites.

    All the girls that are happy with their Implanon are too busy out having a good time to be sittin on here whining about mood swings and periods.

    Jeebus!

     
    At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had implanon inserted nearly two years ago and as a contraceptive, its FANTASTIC!!! I've had no weight gain at all, or acne etc, but.... ever since I've been up and down moodwise. I was pretty together (I thought) before I had it inserted, but especially int he last few months my feelings of anxiety and depression have grown so much so that I'm seeing a therapist! But that in many ways is a good thing really as I think we all need one!! The first six months were hell- I literally had my period every two weeks and it would last for a week at a time. Gone are all my pretty white lacy panties...... after six months this all eased up but up until about four months ago I would still get a period twice a month, some months heavy, some months light. The last couple of months the time frame between periods has gotten so stretched that I've even used a pregnancy test thinking I was pregnant! Sore boobs, bloating- all those types of symptons that point to pregnancy, then my period would finally come. This has been rather stressful as I'm back in that situation again- I've not had a period in six weeks (approx) so am going to get another pregnancy test to be sure (ho hum). I'm planning on keeping Implanon until winter 2009- six months short of having it in for three years. Has anyone else had any itching near their implanon? The area sometimes fells itchy although there is no visable rash etc.... Its a great form of contraception, but I too wish I had of been prepared for the only real side effect that bothers me- the heavy heavy periods and then the missed ones too- its a period rollercoaster... Before Implanon, my periods lasted only two days and were very light. With Implanon, they are heavy and horrible. I miss wearing pretty panties but have thrown so many out from 'accidents' that now I'm wearing only black!! I wouldn't say to avoid it- everyone's bodies are different, but do be prepared for the bad periods twice a month....

     
    At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am 17 and have had the Implanon inplant in for almost two months. I was told that my bleeding would take about a month to settle down and my body to adjust to the change. My periods have never been perfectly regular and I was taking microgynon before I got the implant, but I decided that the implant would be a good idea because I often forgot to take my pill. I stopped taking my pill and had the implant inserted on the day that I was due to start my period (although I didnt actually start). For the first month I experienced no side effects at all. After 1 month I got my period which seemed a little lighter than usual and I had no pain or cramps whatsoever. This lasted for a few days and then I stopped bleeding but had an unusual brown discharge. Since then I have had the brown discharge every day but no blood. I have looked into this and found that it seems to be more common that I originally thought. This is really worrying me and any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Has anybody else experienced brown discharge and if so, when or how is it expected to disappear? When I had the implant fitted I had a boyfriend but we broke up soon after, this discharge is making me feel dirty and I fear I will not be having any sort of sexual contact any time soon. Two of my friends also recently got the implant but I am too shy to talk to them about this problem and I would rather not see a doctor. I am starting to think that it would ne easier to have the implant removed and go back onto the pill seeing as I am not having sex and the implant is causing me such distress, however, as in other cases, I will probably have to keep the implant in for another 2 to 4 months before my nurse will remove it. Can anyone help me?

     
    At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got my implanon in on the first day of my period, it lasted for the normal time of one week, and then it went away for two weeks.

    Then it came back,
    It lasted for SIX WEEKS STRAIGHT!
    i developed bad mood swings and lost my boyfried because of it.
    it just stopped a week ago and now its back again
    I CANT WAIT to get it removed, what a nightmare

     
    At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I"ve had Implanon for about a year now, I haven't really had any issues except for not having my period very often. It may have made my skin a little worse, but it's much better than the pill was for me. I was more emotional to start with though.

     
    At 6:38 AM, Blogger Melissa Papaj Photography said...

    I got implanon in September 08 and am still having a number of side effects (December 08). I have gained 12 pounds, have crazy crazy mood swings, I have only had two weeks where I am not bleeding, severe acne, terrible abdominal pain, and really bad headahces. I am seriously thinking about getting it out especially after reading the stories here becuase it doesn't sound like it's getting any better.

     
    At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got the pill about 5 months ago and have been bleeding ever since. started off light but now its heavier, enough to wear tampons. this is every day all week now for 4 months. I cant take the pill so will the bleeding stop? i need to know?

     
    At 3:08 AM, Anonymous Shey said...

    This is the second time i have had implanon inserted in my arm. It has worked very well for me. The first 6 to 8 months was a bit irregular in terms of the duration and heaviness of bleeding but it eventually stopped. I did not have a period for 2 years and there were no cramps, or other side-effects whatsoever. Leading up to the time of expiration of the 3 years, bleeding started to occur together with painful cramps (but bearable). I am now going into the 5th year of use for implanon and have again started to have my period. It is great to not have periods and cramps when it doesn't come but when it does (which is very rare for me), it gets quite painful. But overall, the implant has worked very well for me.

     
    At 2:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got implanon in April of 2007, it's been almost a year and the side effects haven't gotten any better. I still having continuous bleeding, at times it will go on for weeks at a time. I've just recently started having this CRAZY apitite I can get enough to eat. The headaches and mood swings are rediculous, but the up side is that i'm not pregant. I'm going to give it to my next GYN appionment in April, if things aren't any better by then I may have it removed. I'm just glad to see it's not just me going through this!

     
    At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got the implant about 4 weeks ago. I had no period for 3 weeks then came on when i usually do. I've been on for 7 days now and it doesn't appear to be getting much lighter or stopping.
    The nurse who fitted it said there was a chance of irregular bleeding for the first 3 months, but i didn't think she meant constant bleeding. My boyfriend is loving not having to use any other contraception, but the period means we can't have sex at all.
    I'm hoping it will settle down and not go on much longer, because over all i think it's the bleeding thats making me irritable not the hormone itself.

    Is there anyone out there with good things to say about implanon?

     
    At 4:32 PM, Blogger violetha said...

    I had mine inserted on dec 17, and is been a month now and I dont have my period yet, I dont know if its normal or if Im pregnat, Im really scare I thing Im going to give it a week or Im gonna have to buy a pregnancy test. please help

     
    At 6:22 PM, Blogger ema said...

    violetha,

    Bleeding irregularity (delayed bleeding, no bleeding, etc.) is the most common side effect of Implanon. The first few months of use are when a new user is more likely to experience this effect.

    If you think it will help set your mind at ease, by all means take a home pregnancy test. But rest assured that the likelihood of you being pregnant on Implanon is almost zero.

     
    At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had mine inserted in april, at first i had no bleeding, hardly any spotting, so few that I can't remember any particular times.

    Then starting around sep/oct I started having a couple days of really light spotting, then dec- a few days but a little heavier yet light, now in jan. I had spotting for 5 days, none for 3 days, and heavy bleeding again for going on over 7 days and it doesn't seem to be letting up. It keeps getting heavier and longer.

    WHAT'S THAT DEAL? shouldn't this be getting lighter and few between instead of the reverse?

    anyone getting it taken out after only a few months, I'm going on 9 months and really getting irritated.

    previously i was on depo, which was GREAT. no bleeding, weight gain, acne, nothing! i need it back

     
    At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WOW! I'M SOOO PISSED and it's probably becuase I'm on this bs birth control called Implanon! I'm moody, I cry, I've been fighting with my boyfriend, oh and did I mention I haven't STOPPED BLEEDING. It's been 17 days and it hasn't stopped. You think it stops and it's back to square one . . . I feel so hopeless becuase the pill doesn't work for me either. WTF,they should make men take this!

    P.S. I'm really not an angry person, normally :)

     
    At 9:11 PM, Anonymous PJ said...

    I had my implanon inserted Jan 2009,I was on the pill since high school I am 29 I have a daughter who will be 2 soon and I don't want anymore children so my doctor suggested that I try implanon. So I was one to never really get a period since I 1st started when I was 16 so now Jan 31st I started my . and I don't know when its going to go away. I had a . in Jan and that was the 1st time I had one since my daughter was born. So I hoping for the best I have not had any major problem except for craving m&m peanut all the time so I will update you all in a few month on what happen with my . .

     
    At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hiya

    I had my implanon for more than a year now and I wish it was out already.People dont know how lucky they are if they didnt get any side effect.My breasts are always sore.I gained about 20 pounds,and my periods are all wack.I found myself running to the store all the time thinking i was pregnant after a no show period.Now its like oh its you the thing in my arm. i'll get my period ....it'll just sneak up on me.ughhh

     
    At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi ive only had my implanon insert for nearly 4 weeks now and have had the strangest bleeding, 1st 2 weeks were fine then came slight bleeding for 3-4 days now brown spotting for 7 days and i feel crampy again, just wondering if this is normal?

     
    At 1:14 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 12:40 PM,

    Yes, it's normal. It takes a bit for the body to get adjust to the Implanon and irregular bleeding is the most common side effect.

     
    At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had the rod for maybe 2 months now. I used to get my monthlies each month, heavy for a full week. After having the rod inserted I've had my monthlies twice. On for 13 days, off for 16 on for 13. Recently it's been on and off like every second day but it's only light. It's ANNOYING.

    I had this thing inserted so I could stop bleeding (I was praying) and so I could have as much sex as I want without freaking out my partner because of bleeding. Being addicted to sex and not being able to get any for up to 2 weeks at a time because of the rod, is a real let down, depressing and stressful.

    I thought I was fairly alone with my excessive bleeding patterns until I read the reviews on this site. Fingers crossed this stupid problem settles down soon and I hope I never face another period after. I hate it.

     
    At 1:34 AM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 11:38 PM,

    I know it's easier said than done but, patience. It will get better soon.

     
    At 5:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had Implanon for about 14 months and I think it's a great alternative.

    When I first had it implanted, I had about a 6-week period. It was lighter than my usual, but not light by most standards. I also experienced this when I started on the depo. I was informed that the hormone is the same in both Implanon and Depo, so I expected that. After that 6 weeks, it took about 11 months before I spotted. I had a light period (pantyliner only) for about 2-3 days and then about 5 weeks later, another spot for 1-2 days. Then, about 6 weeks after that (2 weeks ago from today) I got a pretty heavy period. It has not stopped yet, so I think I'll contact my doctor and check on combining a pill to get this one over with. All 3 of these spots/periods started during or right after intercourse.

    I have experienced an increase in my acne, not horrible, but definately noticable by others. My weight probably fluctuated 10 pounds, but I've gained about 40 from quitting smoking as well. My breasts are extremely tender and I have no sex drive. My breasts did increase a little over 1 cup size. I am more moody as of the last 6 months, but I'm also under a lot of stress and unsure of what to attribute that to.

    These side effects are the same for most of the other birth control options, if not all of them. I've tried a couple different pills, the Depo (had to stop for bone loss), and NuvaRing (extremely annoying in my opinion), and the Implanon is my definate favorite. I am about to turn 21 and in 5 months I will graduate with a bachelor's degree and get married. This has relieved a lot of stress off of my loaded shoulders and I wouldn't choose anything over it. The only part that bothers me about the bleeding is the unpredictability. Other than that, it is definately worth it!

    Take these comments with a grain of salt. Make note of the length of time they have the implant. If it's only for a really short time (less than 6 months), their body may not have had time to adjust. Most of the long-term users are pleased with the outcome since most of the long-term side effects are with all birth controls.

     
    At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I was implanted in may of 07 and after two years of depo was glad to be rid of all the painful cramps that i had gone through, at first i loved not having a period, and when i did it was only spotting for about a week, but now i am coming up on two years and i have had a period for the last 3 months and still counting, and before that i was lucky to have a weeks break, its consistent that i will bleed for at least a month with the possibility of having a week off, i am getting so frustrated because what is the point of being on birth control if i cant even have sex

     
    At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Tiffany said...

    I am 15 years old and I just recived this amazing little rod about a month or two ago. Since then, I have had undiserable spotting, but it keeps getting lighter and lighter. I had bad facial acne, and it all cleared up, but I realized I had gotten some on my chest now, which is starting to clear up with some mild pills recommended by my dermitoligist. i do have some sudden mood swings, but for the most part this is a great discovery. I no longer worry about being pregnat and for the little side effects it comes with, it is totally worth it!

     
    At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had this in for 3 years with no side effects and no periods. Recently however I have began to lose my hair. I was also on Roaccutane for a month about 4 months ago so am not sure whether the hair loss is due to the implanon or the roaccutane or something entirely different. Has anybody else noticed their hair thinning with the implanon?

     
    At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi all,

    My doc said one in three women have irregular bleeding, one in three have no bleeding and one in three have spotting. I'm in the first catergory.

    I've had the implant for five weeks and like many others, have had non-stop bleeding. When you think about it, although this is really annoying, what the implanon is designed to do is to prevent the release of an egg, or slow it down, so slow, so that you don't get pregnant. (While also thickening the lining of the uterus too). If you get the implant inserted in the first few days of your period, like I did, I suppose it's logical for the bleeding to be prolonged. (Although everyone is different, and I envy the women who do not get a period at all!). Although, I hope it eases up soon, because taking the pill to help with the bleeding doesn't sound very attractive. Not only because of the daily commitment, but also because taking a cocktail of meds can't be good for you in the long term.

    I have become moody and teary, and like some others, I don't know whether it is the rod itself, or having my periods all the time which is causing the anxiety.

    I'm just starting to lack in libido since starting the implanon. Mind you, having my period has not prevented me from having sex, (if you and your man are comfortable with it, there is no reason not to do it in my opinion). However, maybe this is partly why my period has lasted so long? As I've read from others that their spotting has started or increased after having sex.

    It's been great not having to rely on condoms, but it's starting to get annoying having to deal with the mess after sex (especially because it's rose coloured).

    After reading most of the blog, and feeling reassured, yet, more and more anxious that my period is not going to stop, I think I will hang out for another month or so. Then say goodbye to the implanon if it hasn't stopped because, along with the stress, anxiety, moodiness and other side effects it is not worth the benefit of a 'fail safe' contraceptive when others may be able to do it equally as good.

    I was fine only using condoms, I only decided to change because my boyfriend and I were getting tired of using them (for four years), and my doc said they have a lower percentage of successful birth control than other methods.

    I am 20, in a long term relationship, and have only been using condoms as a contraceptive before getting the implanon. (It never broke, although I have had a few pregnancy scares). My periods were regular, medium flow, and lasted about 10 days monthly, prior to using implanon.

    I'd like to know if implanon has had side effects on long term fertility?, although my doctor says it shouldn't.

    It feels better having written this, thanks everyone :)

    Have the strength to make your own decision! I know it's hard, but it's you who has, or will have, the hormonal contraceptive drug in your arm!

     
    At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had implanon inserted in Aug 08 but had it removed in Nov due to weight gain (about 9kg), irregular bleeding and move swings.

    I have had just 2 periods ever since n I'm quite anxious cos i want to start a family. I'm also in my early 30s.

    My advice, DON'T USE IMPLANON unless u already have children or a child cos it may mess up ur body bigtime!!!

     
    At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had mine inserted 11th april 2008and not until now 17th march 2009( abt 11 months later) did i get a period. stopped breast feeding 2 months ago which i believe kept d period away. i put on so much weight (70kg to 95kg) n headaches. i started using some chinese weight loss herbs and tabs 2 weeks ago just only 4 me to start bleeding (slightly) 2 days now . Dont know if the herb n tablet is the cause of a bleeding?.does taking it reduce the strenght of the implanon? can anyone pls help with an answer......

     
    At 10:32 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 7:18 PM,

    It's hard to know what effect the herbal tabs are having without knowing what's in them. Try to find out and then consult your Ob/Gyn.

     
    At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi i got the implant in nov of 07 it is now march of 09 and i believe it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. i used to be a fun care free lovable person with a good sense of humor and now people have told me they have seen serious changes in my life. i had it put in right after i gave birth to my daughter and i breast fed so i didnt have a period at all for a year. i should have waited until my hormones were normal before having it put in but i started gaining wait and now its at a stand still and i have been trying to lose for a year and it doesnt change wich caused emotional set backs. i have serious mood swings and am bitchy all the time. loss of sense of humor completely, forgetfullness, blurred vision, my sex drive is off the charts and i cant have sex cause its too painful, i dont eat much because im afraid to gain anymore wait, im very needy or i dont want to be messed with at all, the only thing that has kept me going is my little girl and my very forgiving husband. i am only 22 years old and i feel like im 50 and going through menopause. i wake up pissed and go to bed pissed. i am having it removed and will let everyone know how it goes from there. thank you all for your comments i am so glad that i am not alone. i thaught i was going crazy and ive known why for a while but you all have made me glad i am not by myself in these problems.

     
    At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey i am 23 yrs and i am scaryed my implanon is bend and i dont know what to do

     
    At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm 18 and thought that I'd try implanon because the pill is very annoying to remember. I've only been on implanon for a month but I've been moody and irritable with my family and friends, my bf dumped me, I've lost weight (and I'm quite skinny already - can't really afford to lose any!) and have now got really bad skin. Is it worth sticking with implanon for another 2 months??

     
    At 3:22 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 9:09 PM,

    You need to call your Ob/Gyn.

    Anon @ 11:19 AM,

    It depends. If you think you'll be sexually active in the future, Implanon is a very good long-term method.

    In any case, you're going through something now with the breakup, and the irritability, etc., so perhaps it's best to wait a bit for things to settle down and then make a decision about keeping or removing the Implanon. As you probably already know, any side effects you might be experiencing tend to improve over time.

     
    At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    IM 16 YEARS OLD AND I'VE HAD IMPLANON FOR 5 IN A 1/2 MONTHS NOW. I GOT THE IMPLANON INSERTED ON THE THIRD DAY OF MY PERIOD AND IT HASN'T STOPPED YET. VERY LIGHT BLEEDING. NOT A PROBLEM BUT IT GETS ANNOYING WHEN I WANT TO HAVE SEX I CANT. ITS THE FIRST BIRTH CONTROL I USED AND I DONT WANT TO GET IT REMOVED I JUST WANT THE BLEEDING TO STOP!

     
    At 12:23 AM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 11:58 PM,

    Talk to your Ob/Gyn about the problem you're having. He/She may be able to give you something to stop the bleeding.

     
    At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am on Implenon because I have a blood condition called Factor IV Leiden, which prevents me from taking the traditional pill due to the increased risk of blood clots.
    I must admit the attraction of not having to take the Pill everyday was great, and I looked forward to getting it inserted (which did not hurt at all, so if you experience a lot of pain on the entry site I'd say it's your doctors fault).
    I also have Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome and need to be on some form of birth control to regulate my hormones and prevent the side effects of PCOS. My doctor was realistic with me. She said in her experience MOST women in her experience suffered side effects from Implenon and as such she didn't recommend it unless her patients were fully informed and we'd already explored other options (which we had). She said I would get either no periods, irregular bleeding and spotting or extremely long periods.

    I had it inserted, and within three weeks my period started. I've now had constant light bleeding for sixteen days, but that is the only side effect I've experienced. The longest period I've ever had in my life was 7 days, so this is unusual. I'm going to give it six months, and if I'm still experiencing the side effects I'll have it removed and look at other options.

     
    At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had been seriously considering getting implamon for conveinience reasons. But from reading these comments and my own pill is working great, i think ill stick to it!

     
    At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Well, i just had my implanon inserted yesterday. It wasn't as horrible as i thought it was altho the needle to put it in was as big around as a pen, thank GOD they numb you. I decided to get it becuase my BFF has one, and she raves about it. She said that she does have irregular peroids, but that it's totally worth it becuase she doesn't have to worry about getting pregnant. The only thing i'm worried about is gaining weight, i don't want to gain any weight, and acne, I hope i don't get worse acne. The irregular bleeding doesn't bother me. I have 2 kids, i'd rather bleed than go thru labor again. I'll fall pregnant when i'm ready, until then i'll deal with whatever side effects comes along, I'll just pray they're not that bad. I'm terrible at taking pills, the ring I always thought was great (which uses the same medicine as the implanon) except it was costing an arm and a leg to buy, and i didn't want to get the depo, for fear of gaining weight. Anyone that has bad side effects, i hope it gets better. Please keep us all posted, as us newbies need some hope if we have the bad side effects as well.

    Thanks Ladies

     
    At 6:44 PM, Blogger ema said...

    Anon @ 5:59 PM,

    One quick note of clarification. Implanon contains only one hormone, a progestin, while the ring (NuvaRing) has both estrogen and progestin, similar to the combination birth control pill.

    This, from my post,

    Implanon is a flexible rod that contains ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) impregnated with 68 mg of etonogestrel (the same drug used in the contraceptive vaginal ring).refers to the same type of progestin as the one found in the ring, not the same hormone/s composition.

    In any case, Implanon is a great contraceptive and I hope you do well on it.

     
    At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had my Implanon put in on the 5th of february 09. I had no period for a month but on the 5th of april I got a period, it was normal, lasted about 5 days (shorter than my yasmin pill periods, which lasted about 2 weeks) I thought this is great! Then about a week after that period stopped I got another. 5 days again and then since then i've had a mixture of light and heavy bleeding with some days with nothing but crams, other days cramp free! It's annoying that I never know when it's gonna happen but also don't want to go back to having to take the pill every day. I used to throw up every morning if I didn't eat a proper breakfast before my pill, or just completely forget to take it. So am gonna stick with this implanon until the periods settle down or I just get so irritated I have to get it removed! I wish there was a way of stopping periods completely without a pill, until I decide to have kids of course! Oh well I can dream.

     
    At 6:00 PM, Anonymous kim said...

    Hey, I had my implanon inserted into my arm back in february 2006! I have had no problems and when i went to my doctors in janurary to have it taken you i was told that they no longer see the need to take it out after the three year period!!! me being needle phobic i was over the moon!!! My doctor has now told me that the implanon does not need to be removed until 5 or 6 years as when they take it out the imlpanon is still pretty full!!
    My down falls at the moment are i can sometimes feel it slightly stinging and the slight pain going down my arm at random times of the day, i only have a period every two months. The reason i got recommened the implanon by my gp was the fact that i was scared of needles so she didnt want me to have a panic attack every 11 weeks, the pill was out of the question because it had made my sister put on weight and then it was completely ruled out as i was already slightly overwieght and the doctor said it could concern them, and the coil is not really recommended anymore. I would recommend this implanon to any woman!! its peace of mind and you can just forget about having to worry about taking procautions!

     
    At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm the person who commented above, with Factor IV Leiden who had no choice but to go on Implanon as the normal pill is too dangerous for me.

    As an update, my first period after the implant went in continued for sixteen days, and I've had absolutely nothing since, it's like a dream. I must admit I've been a little more moody than normal, however I'm aware of it and therefore I've been able to control it. In terms of weight gain, it is an individual thing. I'm on a dietician recommended meal plan, and I exercise at least every second day for an hour or more, so I've actually lost weight since starting on it.

    For those of you who are concerned about the risks, don't be discouraged. As long as you go into it informed, and aware of what you will and won't tolerate from the list of potential side effects, then you'll be fine. So far, it's working like a charm for me, well, except for Saturday night when my friend got excited and smacked me in the arm... that hurt for a minute or so...

     
    At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the implant put in when i was 17 in 2005 as i had problems remembering to take the pill. Was told their would be very little side effects, the only one i need be concerned about being the spotting, and irregular periods possibly for the first few months. I unfortunately had most of the side effects, i bled for about four months constantly, then it became light spotting; then thankfully after about 6 months they stopped completely, bar the odd one I had the next year or so. I also experience horrendous mood swings and weight gain. Which no matter what my doctor tried to say was nothing to do with my diet which hasnt really changed. I also had problems sleeping due to my mood swings. However I stuck with it for three years as I hadnt really researched it before I had it put in so didnt actually associate these things with it until i went to see the doctor to have it removed, which incidently was a very quick and painless proceedure, the only thing that hurt was the anethsetic. However i had it removed sept 08 and havent had a period since, i have been to see a doctor who said to give it 6 months to get out of my system before I return?! def not pregnant as have taken a test, so am going to see them again this month as i have now left it 8 months so they cant send me away again. all the other symptoms have cleared up since i have had it removed which is what makes me associate the problems with the implant. I wouldnt advise anyone to get it who is prone to mood swings, or depression as it heightens all these things, also dont get it if you have ever had problems with periods before or suffer from insomnia and migraines.

     
    At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey,

    I am 20 and got married on the 11th July 2008. I got the depo injection about two weeks before the wedding. I was on my period when i had the injection. I didn't have a period again until august which seemed normal but it didn't stop. I knew irregular bleeding was common for most women while having the injection. Though my bleeding was/is not heavy i still had/have to wear pads. The nurse and doctor advised me to stick it out for a few more injections so my body could get used to it. So i had the 2nd injection. At the end of the 2nd injection(6months) i had had enough of bleeding every day for 5 months so i didn't go back for my 3rd injection! We went onto condoms.

    But i wanted to try the implant as i was worried about getting pregnant. I know condoms are very effective but it still worried me. Some of you may be thinking why didn't i try the pill... The implant seemed such a convience of not having to think about contraception for 3 years!
    About 2 1/2 months after my missed injection i stopped bleeding for the first time in 7 months!! It was so nice! But i had already booked my implant to be inserted on the 27th feb. Maybe i shouldn't have got it and continued to use condoms or try the pill. On the 26th march i started bleeding again :'( 2 1/2 months later and it hasn't stopped.

    I have read many reviews and comments about the implant and all say pretty much the same thing. I realise women who are not finding any problems with the implant will not search for these sites thus not making any comments.
    It will be my first marriage anniversary soon and through all of the year i have been bleeding. Its depressing and upsets me alot sometimes to be honest. I feel dirty sometimes and though its only light bleeding and i take care in cleaning my self before and after sex(sorry if thats too much info) its such a downer. Can't be as spur of the moment as i would like.

    I don't know how long to keep the implant in as all the comments i have read with women in similar positions as myself don't seem to be getting any better.
    I haven't tried any prescribed pills to control the bleeding yet but it is something i could talk to my doctor or family planning clinic about. I think i will wait until i've had it for 6 months to see if anthing changes.
    J

     
    At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i've had my implant in place for 6 weeks today.
    i found the first few days slightly uncomfortable as i could feel the implant moving around in my arm causing some discomfort.
    this only lasted three or four days, then it subsided.
    i have felt no side effects what so ever, and i have yet to have a period.
    love this thing!

     
    At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Steph said...

    I'm 19 and had the implanon inserted in the end of January around about the 2nd or 3rd day into my period...
    I didnt really find it painful having it inserted but after about a week or two I started bleeding (heavy enough for a pad a day) and bled for about a month and a half straight.
    I went to the doctors and was prescribed some antibiotics that the Gynacologists suggested, which stopped the majority of the bleeding. I did have a couple of days spotting after that but haven't bleed since.
    But they said that you have to give it about 3 months to start working and to sort itself out in your body.
    I love it now, you don't have to take a tablet everyday, alcohol doesn't effect it and it's there for 3 years unless I want it out. All in all, I think it's worth it if you can stick it out.

     
    At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have a question I got mine a week ago and the doctor thinks it went into the muscle so I have to have an ultrasound done on it has anyone had that problem and do they leave it in there or take it out and put a new one in??????????

     
    At 2:05 AM, Blogger Teenie said...

    hey.. my friend got put on this implanon and it sounded really weird to me. so i've been looking up the side effects and am scared to death for her. i noticed a lot of women with the depression and other emotional side effects and shes got other emotional issues already. i cant imagine how this will effect her. thank you for post all this on here or i'd have never known!

     
    At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey..I got put on the implanon in about feb. I've been having bad pains in my left arm (the arm its in) and it will last all day. I had my period for 2 n a half weeks after I got it put in. I now get the period pains but no period..don't really like that too much. I'm getting it taken out. I like that I don't have to remember a pill or ring but this is not good.

     
    At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    While quite a lot of people seem to have had problems, if you're considering getting an implant it's important to realise that not everyone experiences these (and maybe you're more likely to write about it if you've had an issue?). I have had implanon for 2 years now and have had no problems (and no periods at all- fantastic!). I guess everyone reacts differently, but every contraceptive (except condoms?) has some side effects, it's just a case of finding one that suits you.

     
    At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had mine for 3 months, today, and the first month was great..no period. Then the second month came around and I started me my period, which was very light(this is normal for me I usually only have my cycle for 2 or 3 days and they were very light) but still today I am having light bleeding! I am not used to this!! I had sex with my boyfriend on one day I thought I had stopped bleeding, boy was I wrong. It was a mess and this is not what I signed up for! When will the bleeding stop? Or is ther anything I can do to make it stop? If I cant have sex there is no need for birth control.

     
    At 6:25 PM, Blogger Freda said...

    This is the 3rd Implanon I have had. There has always been constant bleeding or spotting, but I put up with it because there is NO way I want to get pregnant again.

    Over the past years, I have had consistent migraines, been through a couple jobs and under a lot of stress, and not very happy at times. I put it down to changing lives and times and managed to be strong enough to get through it. In fact, the beginning of this year was brilliant - it was all turning around. I had energy, optimism, new ideas....and was genuinely going around laughing (at one point, I was trying to remember the last time I had laughed out loud).

    I had a new Implanon put in about 3 weeks ago. There is constant bleeding and this morning I was sitting crying wondering what in the world was going on with me. I have become socially isolated, not quite paranoid, but certainly don't like people, when I used to be a social person. The last couple days, I was so totally depressed it is indescribable. I am sure it is the Implanon. 100%. I have an appointment to take it out on Monday.

     
    At 10:10 PM, Blogger Freda said...

    sorry....I didn't make clear in the last post...all that optimism and good feeling I had for a couple months? The doctor told me I was overdue for the new Implanon by a couple months! Could it be a coincidence that that period was the good patch?

     
    At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had the implant fitted 3 weeks ago on the day of my termination. i felt like i was pushed into it. i havnet stopped bleeding and spottiing for the whole three weeks and i am gutted because i go on holiday in 5 days and it is now ruined. i wish i took the time to research it first. it did scare me at first because i was told after my termination i should only bleed for 7-10 days. do you think that it is down to the implant that i havnt stopped?

     
    At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm 19 and had my Implanon inserted in August of '08. I had one light period after but then no period at all for almost 10 months! Recently I noticed spotting and then had a normal period for about a week. Unfortunately it came back a couple days later but apparently irregular bleeding isn't uncommon. I only hope the period doesn't continue much longer.

    Other than the irregularities experienced lately, I've had absolutely no problems with it and no side effects! One of my close friends also has the implant and is happy with it as well. I recommend it to anyone who is in a serious relationship or who doesn't want to deal with the pill.

     
    At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had the implant for over a year and a half now and i have not stopped bleeding at all!!
    its ok at times but its mostly heavy and totally drains me, the doctors put me on the pill to help but that hasnt worked apart from after i stopped taking it i got a week stop but i have come back onto my period now 3 weeks so am guessing this one isnt going to stop.
    i want to get injection but i dont know if it will work for me i was also looking at the marine coil, does anyone know how that works??
    x

     
    At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've had my implanon inserted around 2 yrs ago and it's been just perfect for me! No pain, no weight gain and no other side effects (except i did lose interest in sex in the first 3 months). I just hope I won't get the serious prolonged bleedings in the remaining 1 yr I have till i get it removed.

     
    At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Since I got my IMplanon inserted 3 months ago, I have had my period all but five days. This is the most effective form of birth control in the world because it gives you your period nonstop so if your partner is grossed out by the thought of messiness, you will not be having sex anytime soon. Nobody mentioned this to me when I discussed it witht he doctor- she said it would take about 2 months to settle down and my body to adjust- its been three and i still havent stopped bleeding. Highly unrecommended.

     
    At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

    I've had implanon for 8 months now and I have nothing but trouble with it. Since 6 months ago I have had a constant "period" which consists of a day or 2 of light bleeding, followed by constant thick brown disharge every SINGLE day.. it NEVER stops. Can anyone help me?

     
    At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon put in over 6 months ago and have been bleeding almost constantly, my doctor even put me on the mini pill(with the implanon still in) to help regulate the bleeding, but it's not helped.. Besides the bleeding the last month I have been suffering from dizziness and feeling very low and down and then there is the weight gain, and no matter what I seem to do I cannot shift the weight. I have an appointment next week to have the implanon removed and I can't wait...!!!

     
    At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had Implanon inserted about a month and a half ago , when I was due for my period I came on with this spotting, its been going on for two weeks now and is so annoying. I would consider removing it but it is the only method of contraception I can use due to medical reasons.

    It does have its advantages ; you dont have to remember to take your pill and you do kinda forget its in your arm but the spotting is so annoying! I also got a few spots to start with but they seem to be settling down now! The mood swings and cravings also settled down so all in all it is a good method but the spotting is just so annoying! And it always seems to comne on when you want to have sex!!

     
    At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have been on it for several months and I have had no problems what so ever. I am occationally moody, but who isn't. I haven't had a single period since I had it inserted, and no bleeding or spotting either. I have had no problems with acne or anymore than what I had before. I have read that some people's gets itchy, which is the reason that I searched this, my recently started getting itchy and there is no rash, but I guess its just one of those things that happens. Since I have no other side effects I think that I'll be happy with being a little itchy sometimes. Isn't it funny how different we all are, they can't make something that is right for every woman, now can they?! haha. Well, uh, good day ladies.

     
    At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I got the implanon in May and it's now October. I had a sore arm for a couple of days and didn't really have any other side effects. But since mid-September, I've had a prolonged period. Now I like the fact that I don't have to take the pill everyday but to have a period for the 3rd-4th week in a row is a pain, even if it is light. It would just be nice if they could come up with something that is nicely effective as implanon without the worrying if my period being prolonged. And what sucks is that this is the only side effect I have. urg.

     
    At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Jay said...

    Just to even up the negative experiences with implanon with a positive one! I've just had my second implanon inserted after having the last one in for the full three years. I have had no menstrual bleeding (except spotting in the first week or two) during the entire 3 years, and no other side noticable effects.

    I would DEFINITELY recommend giving implanon a go!

     
    At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm 18 and i've had mine since April 2008. that's now a YEAR AND 6 MONTHS. for the first 3-4 months i had light bleeding at weekly intervals, and took the pill for 2 months (as prescribed by a doctor) to even it all out, and i haven't had a period at all up until a month ago. since then, i've had 3 day intervals of light bleeding. I'm using this as my only contraceptive, and i'm hoping everythings fine! best to check with my doctor again though :) everyone's complaining about the bleeding, but seriously.. is a pregnancy worth it?

     
    At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had the implanon in for almost 3yrs I get it out in may and I have not had a period since...I think it's great...no complaints on my end! :)

     
    At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    lets just say a 3 year contract for a non stop period. Okay i got it inserted late august, had no period for 2 weeks and then after that time frame.....non stop flippin bleeding..its now the start of nov so its been aprox. 2 months since ive had it in, constand bleeding. driving me insane. especially the acne on my face! its horible..i never had acne like this. me and my partner have been waiting to have sex for months now and this is driving me insane. pretty sure i am going to get it out, even though it sounds like a war with the gps on them telling you should give it more time..stuff that! other then these 2 side effects, ive had no weight gain, no moodyness though i must say my stress levels have increased. and craving for food is crazy! good luck for future tryers, i had none!

     
    At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Collene Lyn said...

    Im 23 years old, i had the wosrt periods, were talking had to be in the hospital for 4 days a month because of the amount of bleeding, and it would continue for 14-23 days of the month and i was close to transfusion once. I completely recommend this, i have had it since february of 2008, and i love it, i had bleeding for the first month but i have not had a period since, and let me tell you, i love it haha! I do take the occasional pregnancy test to make sure that its still working properly haha! But i had no other real symptoms, no depression, no hunger, no pain, no acne, nothing, and it was great, it was the one thing that didnt make me constnatly sick, adn i plan in feb of 2001 to get it put into the other arm!

     
    At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Lottie :) said...

    For everyone who is reading all the bad ones and thinking oh my god! i dont want it. You really think that the majority of people who are happy with it are going to post on a website about it? No. The are going to enjoy their lifes. I got it today (16/11/09) and to be honest my arm is a bit tender, and my left arm is slightly weak but thats about it, but ask your friends who have it and ask them, because all thepeople i know its never effected any of them.

     
    At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have had the implanon in for a year and I have gone from 108 pounds to like 115 pounds. I was just wondering if I will keep gaining weight or can I lose it? I am extremely active I do athletics training for 3 hours a day. How can I lose weight without having to get the implanon removed?

     
    At 3:23 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

    I have had implanon in for going on three yrs now, I have had constant cysts on my ovaries, bleeding for weeks at a time. I am sick of it I get over a period and two weeks later I have to deal with it again. I have endometriosis so implanon was supposed to be a life saver for me. Stop my periods and get me out of pain. Well rude awakening on that because it hasn't done diddly squat for me except just aggrivate me with more periods and more pain.

     
    At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Tonya said...

    I have had the implanon for 14 months i got it a month after haveing my baby i have a period every now and then still have acne always moody i used to be so happy my ex always say that thing in your arm made i dont knoyou mean mabe but hey im not pregnant

     
    At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Kayla said...

    I got implanon put in 4 months after I had my son. it was put in july 2009. Ill give it props. I'm not pregnant. I've had it for 6 months now. andd I bleed for the first 3 months staright. nonstop. then the 4th month I had the opposite of a regular period. I bleed for 3 weeks then stopped for a week. then it started over again the 5th month. at the end of the 5th month I stopped bleeding and I didn't bleed for a month. now, I have light bleeding. it just started 2 days ago so I'm waiting to see how long it lasts this time. I had terrible cramps, no acne but also I would throw up. it kind of reminded me of morning sickness. I started throwing up again 2 days ago. I'm not pregnant bc I took a test. my obgyn told me it takes 3-6 months for the bleeding to regulate. and after that I should have my period 2-3 times a year until its removed. the injection site was painful the first few days after it was put in. I had a huge bruise on my arm for about a week. then about 1 month ago the injection site became very sore. I couldn't put my arm in certain positions without it being painful. the doctor told me to come in and have it checked. I recommend that if you have irregular bleeding already implanon is good. but if you have a regualr 5 day monthly period I would not recommend it. although tampons, pads can get rather expensive while on implanon, children are way more expensive. statistics show that 65% of women have irregular bleeding and that is the number one reason women get it removed. I'm gonna stick it out until it hits one year, if the bleeding continues the way its going now I will remove it. if it starts to regulate like I was told, ill keep it in. like I said before, tampons and pads are expensive but children cost more. I'm 20 years old. I do not want another child. I was a little weary at first bc I was told it was somewhat like norplant. my aunt had norplant and now I have a cousiin. but that was back in the 80s. in the end, its your decision. you can read all these stories, but ultimately its up to you.

     
    At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the implanon put in 2 month ago, on my first period now since having it put in and it is hell. Really heavy and have been bleeding for over a week now, have been prescribed 2 different tablets to try and stop the bleeding but nothing is working so far. Wish i had never had it put in :(

     
    At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi, i had my implant put in sep last year and had it taken out boxing day because of non stop bleeding and didnt even know when my period was because i was bleedind every day. well i havent seen my period yet and wondered how long before your ment to see it. l

     

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