Friday, June 15, 2007

Implanon and Bleeding

Some facts about Implanon, the progestin-only [68 mg etonogestrel (3-keto-desogestrel)] single-rod implant device:

1. The contraceptive effect of Implanon is established within 24 hours after insertion; ovulation and fertility return within 1 month after the implant is removed.

2. The timing of insertion of Implanon is based on the patient’s menstrual cycle and current contraceptive method:

* For a woman who is not using a hormonal contraceptive, insertion should take place during the first 5 days of menses.

* For a woman who is actively using a cyclic hormonal contraceptive, the device should be inserted during the hormone-free interval.

* For a woman on a continuous hormonal contraceptive, Implanon can be inserted at any time.

* After pregnancy, the device can be inserted 3 or 4 weeks after delivery.

The Implanon rod can be removed at any time. It must be removed after 3 years of use.

The Implanon rod was originally studied in women who weighed no more than 130% of their ideal body weight. The effectiveness of Implanon in obese women has not been thoroughly assessed in a large population study.

3. Implanon is not associated with loss of bone mineral density (BMD).


What is the major side effect of Implanon?

Frequent or unpredictable bleeding (or both) is the major side effect of Implanon.

In one study of 324 women who used Implanon, continuation rates were 75%, 59%, and 47% at 1 year, 2 years, and 2 years-9 months, respectively. Of women who discontinued Implanon, 91% did so because of frequent or unpredictable bleeding or both. In another study, the continuation rate was 66% at 1 year.


Why the unpredictable bleeding?

Women using Implanon who have higher circulating estradiol levels and ovarian follicle activity may be at greater risk of abnormal patterns of bleeding.

Women using progestin contraceptives who have abnormal uterine bleeding have elevated levels of endometrial enzymes, such as matrix metalloproteinases and neutrophil elastase, that prevent epithelial tissue repair.


A possible solution

In a preliminary report, women with prolonged bleeding in association with Implanon were randomized to various treatment regimens, among which were doxycycline, 100 mg twice daily for 5 days, or placebo. Doxycycline treatment significantly reduced prolonged bleeding compared with placebo (4.8 days [95% confidence interval (CI), 3.9 to 5.8 days] versus 7.5 days [95% CI, 6.1 to 9.1 days], respectively).

Doxycycline may inhibit these [endometrial] enzyme systems and enhance repair of endometrial epithelial tissue. Whether doxycycline will become a widely used treatment for prolonged bleeding associated with Implanon remains to be determined in additional clinical trials.


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

i've been using this for a few years now and have never really needed to really skip my period, but i am going on holidays same my period is due. is there a way i can skip it?

e.g. take the pill while having the implanon or is the a bad idea?

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to use Nuvaring before I started using Implanon. My practitioner told me to go ahead and keep the Nuvaring and that if I wanted to regulate my bleeding I could continue to use it. But that may be because they are the same drug, just different method of delivery. Ask your doctor if you should take a pill since it may be a different drug.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 6:54 AM,

It's not a bad idea and it can be done, but it's tricky. Best course of action: ask your Ob/Gyn to prescribe a short course of pills and instruct you re the regimen.

Anon @ 7:04 AM,

While one can use Nuvaring, while on Implanon, to skip the bleeding episode, Nuvaring and Implanon are not the same drug. Nuvaring is a combo estrogen/progestin; Implanon is progestin only.

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

i have been using the implanon form 17/10/2007 and since then i have been bleeding most of the times last month i only DID NOT BLEED 5 DAYS OFF THE MONTH and is there anyway i can stop this without getting it out if anyone knows anything could you please e-mail me at margaret-mariemurphy@hotmail.co.uk

 
At 3:44 AM, Anonymous Jomayra said...

I've been using Implanon since 2/08.I wanted to skip my period and my Ob/Gyn prescribed Ortho Evra(The patch).It worked with no side effects or worries.I've also had the prolonged bleeding and my Ob/Gyn has again prescribed "The Patch".It will temporarily stop the bleeding but chances are you will get it again as I did.Most articles will state that it takes 1-2 Years before the bleeding may stop.

 
At 4:16 AM, Blogger Robin said...

I have been using Implanon for 1 year and 1 month now. In the last couple of months I have experienced some intense weight gain, and recently started lacting. Is it possible that I could be pregnant, even though I'm using the Implanon? And would it be possible to have a phalse negative on the home test due to the Implanon?

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter has only just got the implanon a few weeks ago and is worried about the bleeding, is this normal,she has now been bleeding for a week know is this normal too.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im only 16 and i have been using implanon since april of 2008 and to my surprise i havnt bleed since then. I have not experianced any irregular bleeding jus sum minor spots but that happened about 3 months ago. I love implanon but sometimes its stings around the area that the insertion was tooken place idk do you guys feel the same way?

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive had the Implanon since 1/15/09 and havnt started bleeding yet.. but the area where it was inserted itches sometimes..anyone else expierenced this??

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got it around 11/08. the first month i didnt bleed at all but soon after the first month ended i started and havent stopped since! its kinda driving me crazy. altho i will stop a day here and there

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

it is itchy only because it means that its healing (thats what the book said) so you are not meant to scratch it. I got implanon in last week and i havnt stopped bleeding, but hopefully it will... otherwise i will probably get it out. ugh

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

I had the Implanon inserted in June 2008. I had not had my period for several months prior to insertion due to irregular use of the pill (I would forget, etc.) Two days after receiving the Implanon I had my period for one week, but I have not bleed since then (7+ months). Is that normal?

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had mine for just over a year now. During the first month or two I had a normal period with no bleeding in between. After that, I started bleeding non-stop. Non-stop for 10 months! It's ridiculous. It's been a very reliable form of birth control and I like that I don't need to remember to take a pill every day or even go get a shot every few months, but I never forget that I have it because the bleeding is a constant reminder and constant annoyance. I am having it removed. Ugh!!

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

Im 18 and i have had it for four weeks now, i did not bleed for the first week but i have been bleeding for the last three weeks! not heavy or anything but its very anoying!!im wondering if and when it will stop, hopefully soon!!

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

I am 19 years old and have had my Implanon for about 4 months. I have been on both the pill (inconvenient) and patch (I live on the water and they lose their adhesive quickly if you take baths or swim frequently) so this seemed like a good idea. The only side-effect I've experienced is steady but light bleeding and this has been going on for about a month or so now. I'd reccomend it to anyone if there is something else I can use/take to control the bleeding.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

I've been using the implanon for 4 years now, having the 1st one put in december 2005. My first year with implanon was hell, constant spotting, periods all over the place and bleeding during sex. Not what I had hoped for! Funny thing was that my relationship ended a year after I had gotten the implanon and for some reason it started to "work".
I'm now about 1,5 to 2 months into my new implanon and I'm having some spotting but nothing like the first year. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, my gyno had given me a 5 (i think) day prescription of 2 progestin pills. To be real honest I had gotten those the first year but never had the chance to use them because the problem had gone by then. I hope that the boost of progestin will help the implanon take better this time.
And I also have had the itching sensation some of you talked about for all the time I've had the implanon and some pain in the area. I assumed this was normal because it said so in the booklet.
Aside from the bleeding in the first year the only downside to the implanon is the scar it leaves after removal.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello hope u can answer my question,i was bleeding almost 2 weeks i worried about my situation..my period start feb 22 and till now march 7 i have period but its already few now..im very worried its not stopping..what should i do...should i take doxycycline 100mg so it will stop???or its better to go doctor?pls hope u can advice me

 
At 5:08 AM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 9:27 AM,

Are you using Implanon? If yes, what you're experiencing is a common side effect. Since the bleeding seems to be less now, maybe wait a few days to see if it stops. In any case, checking with your doctor is always a good idea.

 
At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Hi everyone,

I had the implant put in April 07 and I've had absolutely no problems with it whatsoever all this time - I had a period a couple of weeks ago that lasted about 5 days and seemed pretty normal... except that I haven't had a period so far with the implant so I was a tad confused.
A friend of mine had the same problem, when she asked her doctor he told her that sometimes if you suffer a very stressful or traumatic situation, it can cause you to randomly menstruate... as I'd just broken up with my boyfriend and my nan died two days after that, I assumed that's what it was and decided it was no reason to panic.
But now I seem to be having another period no less than two weeks after the last one stopped. It started today and doesn't seem to be 'proper' menstruation if you know what I mean, but I'm still worried. Does anyone have any advice? Is this normal or should I see my doctor/sexual health nurse?

Thank you :)

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger ema said...

Hannah,

Irregular bleeding like you're experiencing now, is a common side effect of Implanon use. It's inconvenient, of course, but not medically dangerous.

Keep an eye on the bleeding to see if you can notice a pattern. [Maybe chart it on a calendar.] If it's just an isolated incident and it goes away, carry on.

If the breakthrough bleeding becomes a problem -- long-lasting, often -- definitely see an Ob/Gyn. He/She can give you something to deal with the bleeding.

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Thank you Ema, that's certainly a weight off my mind :) Nice to know there's no reason to panic just yet.

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

I am currently on Implanon and i hate it. I was informed that there would be abnormal bleeding but i was not informed that i would have a non stop period that is now lasting almost 5 months. With all the blood loss, i'm afraid i'm going to become anemic. Unfortunately i do not have health insurance anymore and i am stuck with this horrible form of birth control for another 2 1/2 years. I also cannot afford to pay the cash price to get this thing out.

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 4:50 PM,

If you're in the US, Planned Parenthood should be able to help. They'll be able to check and make sure you're not anemic and maybe even remove the implant, if you so decide.

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

I'm 20 years old and I have been on Implanon since 9/3/2008. I had no problems with it until Decemeber, in December I got my period for 1 week and then 3 days later I got it again and that repeated 2 more times during that month. I then didn't get it for like a month in a half, and then I got it again 1-22-2009 and have had it since with only 7 missed days of not bleeding. I call Planned Parenthood last week, and they couldn't tell me anything, they didn't even suggest taking another birth control to regulate the bleeding. I'm simply getting frustrated with this constant bleeding and I would hate to have to settle for the Depo shot which was great to me, but I don't want to have to worry that my bones are being depleated. Anyone have any suggestions?

 
At 4:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on Implanon since 06/2007 and have not had any problems. The insertion site did itch for the first couple of months but after it healed all the way it was fine. I have not had any of the bleeding problems i have had one period and it only lasted 3 days and have not had one since. Implanon has been great for me im almost too sad to get it removed next june when we start trying for a baby I'm afraid it wont be as good to me the second time around.

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

im 20 years old i had my implant put in 18/10/2008, and since then i have had non-stop bleeding, it goes and comes and when i think that it has finally stopped its starts again the next day. my periods were not regular as i had a period every 2months before having the implant put in, i dont know if i should have it removed or use something else. i had my son 2years ago but my period was very light now i've gained weight and my period very heavy much worse than i expected. otherwise i'll have to get it removed ugh please any advice email me: tia_089@hotmail.com

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 18 and I got my Implanon put in September of 2008 and I did not have any problems other than pain where the insertion was made in my arm. However, the first couple of months after the implanon was settling in, i started experiencing irregular bleeding, both breakthrough and spotting, and very intense dryness during sex...my boyfriend and I could not get through any sexual episode successfully without having to stop because of it. Along with the unpredictable bleeding, the implanon does hurt, or feel tingly every now and again and is a little weird. But the main thing is the bleeding that makes the implanon a pain to deal with. Because the bleeding kept persisting, I went to my gynecologist and they perscribed me a birthcontrol pill called Loestrin 24 and it worked like a charm! But they won't perscribe it regularly because i am on implanon, so now that I don't have anymore refills left..the bleeding is already starting to come back after 2 days of not taking the pill to build up the uterine wall...I don't want to get it removed because it really is great and worry free, but the bleeding is unbearble to deal with, especially when you have the contraceptive to better your sex life amd decrease worry of being pregnant...not bleeding all the time and being unattractive to your mate. It sucks.

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

I have been using the implanon bar for 4 years now and i LOVE it i have read a few comments about women not getting there periods at all that is TOTALLY normail the first three years i had it in had my period for the last year of it.

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my implanon since sept 2008, i have month long periods with a few days gap, i think this is a great method of birth control because i never seem to get chance to have sex!! doesnt that defeat the object, i am in two minds whether to have it removed, does anyone else have severe mood swings and constant muscle aches?

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

i had implant inserted in 06/08 and never had any problems until now when i have breakthrough bleeding

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone experience tummy cramps as well as the bleeding... cos ive been having quite bad cramps as well as the bleeding. Its been going on for about a week now and i am very worried. I have done a smear but im waiting for the results.

 
At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Thanks to this blog i no longer think that i am abnormal! I had my first implanon inserted in 2004. since then i have had very irregular blleding. sometimes i may go 2-3 months without a period and just as i was about to panic, would have a period of 2-3 weeks. in the last year my period last 2-3 weeks pretty much every month, ruining my sex life completely! I am going to te docs next week to discuss other options. i love the simplicity of implanon however the side effects have become detrimential in other areas of my life. time to consider something new i think! i have been reccomended a pill called yasmin which is mean't to be quite kind to your body, however not the first option handed out by docs as it is more expensive than the standard pills on the market. I think the ease of implanon gives a false sense of security, a period for most of the year is not my idea of effective contaception. i think i am opting out

 
At 1:36 PM, OpenID alsieboo said...

Like everyone else here, I'm fed up with implanon!! I'm supposed to have it taken out next April, but I'm so fed up I actually rang my doc today to tell her I want it gone now! When I first had it, there was light bleeding for a couple of months, settled down for a bit, but then I'd get 'periods' lasting weeks on end. It definitely worked as a contraceptive devise, I couldn't have sex!! Strangely though, when I broke up with my boyfriend and didn't have sex for a while, I was bleed free. Now I'm with someone, sex seems to have aggrevated it again. I'll bleed for 3 weeks, have 1 week free, then bleed again. Normally it starts the day after I've had sex. I'm constantly having pms, fluctuating weight, my skin has gotten worse (not lots of pimples but my forehead is just bumpy and oily) and even my hair has got that constant greasey look. My doc suggested putting me on the pill for 3 months to regulate the bleeding and we're going to talk through some of my options. I'll just be glad to get rid of it.

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

i've been using the implanon for about 6 months now and have yet 2c a period should i b worried??? also i've gained so much weight it's ridiculous i mean before i got it i was 150 now im a whopping 200 can someone please help beacause i dont wanna go back to the pill any suggestions email me @ thaley2@gmail.com

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

ive been using implanon since march 08 its weird cause i haven thad any weight gain an ysoreness..it was like i havent even been on birth control at all and i still have yet to have spotting or any bleeding at all (which is nice) i haven tbeen pregnant ive been taking tests but all of a sudden the last couple of days ive been bleeding and having cramping....it sucks but its not heavy... is it normal to not have bleeding for sooo long then have it all of a sudden??

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

Im 23 and I have been using implanon for 4 years...and I havnt had any problems at all with it...infact reading all of these comments has suprised me as i didnt realise that the irregular bleeding was so common as i havnt had a period since it was inserted over a year ago and didnt have any throughout the 3 years of my last implanon. If the bleeding is unbearable i would suggest removing it as the implanon is supposed to make life easier for us girls not harder! The pill or injection might be a better option.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have had the implanon 4 2and half years and it gets tuck out in november but last few weeks i have been on heavier and i was on for about 3 weeks i have never had 1 like that and would like 2 know if i should get it changed please HELP !!!

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Abby said...

This thing sucks and I haven't had it for even a week.
I HATE IT MY MOM MADE ME GO ON IT AND I AM NOT EVEN ACTIVE AT ALL AND WASN'T EVEN INTENDING TO BE. IT SUCKS. MY STUPID MOM HAS ISSUES AND SHE IS THE DUMBEST PERSON ON EARTH.
I HOPE SHE SEES THIS POST. SHE DESERVES IT. F*** HER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger sophie_lou said...

I am glad to see I'm not the only one who has suffered prolonged bleeding on the implanon. I recently found this thread- after having continuous bleeding for 4 weeks. Having decided to become pro-active about trying to make the bleeding stop, I tried self-medication. The article above was about how using oxycyline had shown results in people suffering like us. I have a bulk of tetracycline tablets (as I used to suffer from bad skin) which are in the same family as oxycycline. I took 2 per day for 4 days, and my bleeding has now stopped. I am in no way recommending self-medication, and it is always best to go to your doctor/nurse, but I personally couldn't take the bleeding anymore, with little help from my nurse, tellling me to just wait it out.
I hope the use of oxycycline becomes wide spread as it might be the cure we're all lookikng for!

 
At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iv had implanon since january 09 it has confused me slightly which is why i found this chain!

similarly to one of the posts above iv had really bad cramping. At first i thought this was period pains because i used to suffer from these badly the day before i was due on but now the pain has persisted through bleeding which is highly unusual as the bleeding is light.

Not only am i annoyed that i am bleeding with implanon (because i was told it would stop after the first 3 months) but now i am worried because i feel ill from the pains i am having!

can anyone relate/ give me advice? should i see my doctor or wait it out?

thanks

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on implanon since March 8, 2009. I started my period March 25th and I haven't stopped bleeding since. It is July 2nd and it doesn't seem like it's going to go away any time soon.
I went to the doctor to see if I could take it out and use Depo but he said that it is too soon to take it out. That it takes 6-9 months for the body to get used to it and that the depo at this point would do the same thing with the bleeding. I am REALLY sick of the bleeding but I guess I have to wait and see because it's the doctor's decision to take it out of me.

 
At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had my implanon fitted around four weeks ago, for the first week everything was fine but since then i have experienced some very annoying (not heavy, just annoying) bleeding, that'll stop for half a day and then with any sexual contact it'll just start again and it started to worry me alot, but reading through some of these posts has put my mind at ease a bit. i wish i was like you lucky girls that didnt have a bleed... i just hope this doesnt carry on for too long !!!!

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on the implannon since 10/2008. I didn't have any period until the 3rd month. Just when I think my period is over with 2 days later it starts again. I called Planned Parenthood they told me to try to stick it out for a year, and see if anything changes. If you have heavy bleeding to take a vitamin. I want to get this removed asap. Who will want to have sex if you are always bleeding. Has anyone stopped bleeding after a year???

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Erin said...

I had the Implanon put in Aug 08. Since then i have been bleeding everyday. I may stop 1-2 days out of every month. It is heavy and at right after i had it put in i had this large peice of skin come out with my tampon. My doctor said it was probably normal. She said my bleeding is normal to but i just dont see losing all that blood i s healthy in any way. She perscribed me doxycycline to stop the bleeding and it did until i ran out ten days later and i started right back. I finished the doxycycline over a month ago and i am still bleeding. I feel really drained all the time. I tried to have them remove the Implanon but because i am on tenn care or was they said they wouldnt because it was expensive to put in. What should i do. Please email me if anyone know anything. erinharmon2009@gmail.com

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my implanon in March and I have been period free less than 15 days! My midwife gave me a patch for four weeks and it just increased the bleeding, now I am on an antibotic in addition. My bleeding has increased! It is the best birth control since I never have sex!

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 16 and have been on implanon for 6 months. I didnt bleed for the first 5 months but now it wont stop. I bleed really light almost everyday. It's really abnormal bleeding too. It goes for a few hours then nothing comes out so i think its over then a few hours later its there again. Anyone have some advice pls e-mail me @ m_surge@yahoo.com

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 17 2007 I have been in pain my muscels ache and I have an alter ego all because of this little hate machine they call implanon well I have not had a stable relationship cause I am always bleeding and I am so ill cause I have no sex life. Ha one year has turned in to two years my doctor said I would be fine in 6 months well two years is a big difference. I have thought about removing it myself because I am a first user so i have to suffer/ I am due for it to get out in october and i hope it comes in a hurry... I am going back to the pill and nothing more... At least I can skip a period and not have to worry about my favorite underware or making a mess of my sex life again. I have not had a break from bleeding in 2 years so look out i am busting out of my menstral cycle and breaking in a new one, if any one would like to contact me on my rebelion Bunnell_06@yahoo.com

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

Hi. like alot of you i have read i have been on implanon sence 10-2007 and have not stopped bleeding. i may stop for about 4-5 days a month and the rest have such a steady heavy flow its like a peroid all month long. i have taken the 5 day meds they give you and it seemed to work for about 2 months and now right back to the bleeding. I cant take it anymore. I like the birth control if it would work right, (i took the pills and they had some side effects of bleeding also)I like you dont have to take a pill and it lasts 3 years, but now im rethinking it. does anyone know if there is anything else they can do to counter act the side effects or should i just get it taken out? please email me back with any suggestion or comments at Julesjenks@yahoo.com I have learned not very many doctors know much about implanon, maybe someone who has it or the same side effects as i do can shine some light on this for me. Thank you!

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

I have had implanon since april. i had one period and then started bleeding a week late and have been bleeding ever since. it seems like each week i have a new side effect. my headaches have increases, acne is horrible now, and i cramp. none of this was a problem when i was on the pill. my doctor is refusing to take it out and cannot give me an explanation as to why she wont remove it. my question for everyone is this: when i bleed it gushes out but then its completely stops and will start over a couple of hours later. and its not like blood. the best way to describe it is like a chocolate pudding type of texture. has anyone else experienced this?

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

Please I need some help in regards to this. I had the implanon for 3 years and had it removed in Jan 2009 in March I got a really heavy bleed and haven't bled since it's August now. I am very worried about this but don't want to go to a doctor. What if this has messed up my reproductive system if I'm not ovulating I can't have children and I really want to have children. Has anyone had a similar problem.

 
At 4:19 PM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 12:21 PM,

First, if you're sexually active, take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy.

Second, if not pregnant, start a menstrual calendar, even if you're not bleeding. Note if you experience any typical symptoms--breast tenderness, cramps, back pain, spotting, mucousy vaginal discharge, etc.--at regular intervals. (There are also OTC ovulation kits if you want to go all out.) Also note any diet/exercise/life changes and see if there's a correlation.

Last, but not least, if there's no change in a few months and you are still worried, do make an appointment to see your Ob/Gyn.

Anon @ 7:56 PM,

While the likelihood that the side effects will subside is high, if you're not willing to tolerate the implant and want it removed, the final decision is yours. In other words, you should seriously consider switching Ob/Gyns. Refusal to remove it without an explanation is simply not the standard of care.

As to the bleeding you're experiencing, most likely it's nothing to worry about. Changes in both rhythm and texture are not unusual after Implanon insertion.

Anon @ 3:26 AM and 12:36 AM,

@3:26 AM, why are you waiting for the full 3 years to have it removed? Do it now, there's no sense in keeping it in if you're not satisfied with it.

@12:36 AM, what you describe is not abnormal bleeding. It's just a different pattern of bleeding, something to be expected after Implanon insertion.

Here's one thing you can do alleviate your concerns. Start charting the bleeding pattern on a calendar and, most likely, you'll notice the pattern will normalize over time.

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on implanon only 2 weeks and had spotting that keeps stopping and starting also bad cramps with it and feel absolute rubbish.also I feel not myself and quite anxious.so glad to have found everybody on here is going through similar love to you all I hope it gets better x

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on the implanon since 9/09 and I had light periods every two weeks for the first five months. Then out of nowhere I started bleeding constantly! I thought it would stop and then I got tooo busy with to deal with it. 6 months straight on my period. Ick! I just saw my doctor yesterday and he gave me Ovral tablets that I'm suppose to take 4 for 4 days, 3 for 4 days, 2 for 4 days and 1 for 6 days. he says after that I should stopp bleeding. Hope that helps some :)

 
At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on Jadell a two rod implant wc goes for 5 years it was super I tell you. Had no periods at all for about 3 years and then they started in the 4th year but very very light...five years went by and I loved the life I had. I moved to America and Jadell is nowhere to be found and I had to have Implanon and I can't even begin to make comparisons...I wish I could get jadell again becaus for me it was the perfect thing. with implanon I have been bleeding continuosly with 2 day breaks since July and today its 08/28. I don't know what to do anymore.

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM 22. THIS IS THE WORST BIRTH CONTROL METHOD EVER. I GOT IT IMPLANTED 2/09. I DIDNT BLEED ANY FEB. MARCH ROLLED AROUND AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE IT. APR ROLLED AROUND AND IT STILL GOING IN AUG.. MY INSURANCE WONT COVER GETTING IT REMOVED. YEA ITS EFFECTIVE FOR 3YRS CAUSE YOU CANT GET NON. YOU BLEEDING TOO MUCH.. IMPLANON SUCKS!!!!!

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

I am 20 years old and I have had my implant for 6 months. I have had maybe a month out of 6 months that I havent bled. I will get 3 days here and 2 days there, but thats it. It is very heavy always, and causes horrible cramps. When I do get lucky and stop for a day, my fiance and I try to have sex, I start bleeding everywhere. I am so frustrated & I dont think this is normal..is it?

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had it in for approx a year, and the whole year i was bleeding, actually it wasn't bleeding it was more like a brown discharge.. V annoying!

In the end i had it removed and went on the pill...i was on the pill for 6 weeks and had 2 scares (yes a know "/) so the bar went straight back in... i'm also on the pill to stop the bleeding. Its working fine for me... yes its a bit annoying when some people dont have to take anything; but its not like i HAVE to take it on time, and its not the end of the world if i forget :)

So yeah, to stop bleeding, go on the pill too.. obv go see your doctor; i'm not a doctor XD

Just thought i'd share my experience :)

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger bhd27 said...

I have been on implanton for almost 2 years no and i have terrible bleeding. i have been on my period for 2 months now going on 3. What should i do?

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

I feel sooooo much better reading all these posts. I have been on implanon for about two years now and everything has been fine up until the last couple of months. Recently I've been bleeding for about 1-2 months straight! I was worried something was wrong with me, but looks like it is a common problem on here. Last week I started getting awful cramps. Ughhhh, I'm bummed because I thought this birth control would work out for me. Maybe I will get it taken out early.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Nina said...

It kind of feels good to read all this... I've been on Implanon since 12/08 and since mid-January, haven't stopped bleeding for more than a couple of days.
The concept of Implanon is great but unless I stop bleeding in the next couple of months, I'll take it out. It really does affect your sex life and I don't think it's worth it.

 
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous NA said...

I had implanon put in on June 24th. I didn't have my period until July 20th. Today is October 2nd, and I still have it. It did stop for about 2 days in late August, but then my boyfriend and I tried to be intimate, and my 'period' came back an hour later. Moderate bleeding, going through 1 or 2 pads a day.

I fear that I am becoming anemic. I was anemic throughout my pregnancy, and I was borderline anemic after my daughter was born. I'm guessing that all this blood loss is what's making me so tired and achy.

Best birth control ever! Definitely keeps the boyfriend out.
I may as well have sewn it shut!
I'm calling the Dr tomorrow to have it removed, or to get a pill, or somehow stop the bleeding.

Summary: Implanon is good in theory, bad in practice.

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

Well. I think this is based on each individual body. I got my implanon in 2008 and I love it! I think I have had a total of 2 light periods since. I think I will be getting my 3rd soon cuz I'm feeling breast tenderness. It's not a bad birth control at all. Most of these posts are about how much bleeding everyone has and I just had to defend this method cuz it's not that bad.

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had the implanon since July 17, 2009 and have been bleeding ever since. I'm a newlywed, so imagine what this has done to my sex-life.

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so relieved i've read this. I have been really worried i am pregnant because of my breasts being tender and i'm more hormonal. The main reason i'm worried about being pregnant is because of trying to have sex between the fine gap that the periods allow me. Is it possible i can get pregnant because of this? Or when there is still a very very slight amount of bleeding? I'm still going to get tested for pregnancy, but since it's only been happening in the past two weeks is it too early to check?

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had the implanon done 2days ago and am very worried about bleeding any advice? x x x

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my implanon in since June of 2008. I had not had any bleeding whatsoever. Until yesterday I started my period out of the blue. I am concerned about the bleeding, I don't want to bleed for weeks, or months on end. Also I have been very dry and had no desire for sex since I got it. Has that happened to anyone else? Oh, one more thing, mine broke in half, has anyone elses broke? The doctor said its fine and would still work but it still concerns me. That happened a few months ago.

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

i was using implanon for 4 months and i\ would bleed everyday. which is why i chose to get it removed. Its just not good for everybody.

 
At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have had my implanon for almosdt a yr now and recently have been suffering from severe stomach and back cramps and extremely sore and tender boobs along with very heavy bleedin (which is alarmingly red) should i be worried?? is it a sign i should have it taken out??

 
At 4:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sad that implanon is giving me side effects of back pain and one continuous, month-long period, just like the other women here. I'm absent minded and it seemed like the perfect solution to forgetting a pill.

I have friends who were on it continuously for 6 years with no side effects at all.

Of course, I am obese and my friends are not, so it was very interesting to read the comment that it has not been studied in obese women. At the time, al I could think was: yay, I have more arm fat! I won't even feel it go in!

And I didn't get any of the bruising or discomfort that they got.

But I am not the winner, after all. Implanon, this is your final warning. Settle down or you're outta there!

T.D.

 
At 9:54 PM, Anonymous April said...

Ok so i had the implanon since 12/08 to 11/24/09 and i had not had any bleeding until this last september and it still hasnt stopped since I had it removed a few days ago i mean it was continuious for the whole 3 months non stop really heavy and on top of that I am anemic and so i am tired and sick from bleeding all the time they tired to correct it with premarin that worked the first time i had spotting like 3 months after i had it not bad went away well in september they tired to correct it with yaz and premarin and it didnt stop so i gave up and got it removed does anyone know how long bleeding will last now since its out?

 
At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok well I have a similar story. I started it in 07, i didnt bleed or anything for about a year and half. it was perfect. But then in june 09 mine broke..yes it snapped,so therefore i had to put a new one in. it was fine for a few months then all of sudden i started to spot, then it got heavier and heavier, like a period. then it would slow right down (like it was stopping) but no, it started up again and has been doing this for a full month. I went to the docs and went on the pill. It stopped right then and there, i was so happy. Near the end of the pill cyle i stopped, a few days later it came back again full on. I dont know what to do, i dont trust myself on the pill, as i like how the impanlon is there and stays there for 3 years. But i cant keep bleeding, its ruining my sex life. The docs say no other option..either put up with it or take it out!!

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am 15 and iam using the implanon and i am experiencing a period , which i was told there would not be one,? is this true, and howmany days will the bleeding last?

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

I got the Implanon 7/08 and had it removed 5/09 because of the weight gain. The day that I had it put in, it immediately stopped by period and I haven't had one since. Even since I've had it taken out. I'm really worried that it's messed something up, lol!. My doctor says the longest it should take to get your period after having it removed is 3 months. Well it's been almost 7 months and I still haven't had one. IDK

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

hi I had the implanon after having my daughter in 2006. I have just had it put in again but this time i have been bleeding over a month now. Not heavy but had enough is this right or should i seek medical advice

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got Implanon inserted on 11/09 and since then I recieved my period 3 weeks later and my period has been going on for 3 weeks!!!! nonstop! this thing is getting on my nerves!!!!

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

SMH... this is what I get for not doing enough research... now I can only pray my insurance will cover taking this thing out. The bleeding has got to stop, I haven't been able to be with my husband in two months now! Arrrgh! I hate Implanon.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the implanon in April 08 and all was fine until about Nov 08 (apart from the itch in my arm where it was inserted - I just wanted to rip it out of my arm it was so irritating!!!) Then I started to bleed constantly for about 3 months, then it stopped and I hardly had any bleeding at all until Aug this year since then I have been on my period constantly and like someone else commented it appears to stop until you have sex and then it starts again. When I went back to the clinic and explained why I wanted it removing the nurse seemed suprised and didn't think that my symptoms were very common and even suggested that I should have myself checked at an STI clinic (which I thought was very cheeky!) however having read these comments I realise that I am not alone. Totally ruins your sex life, mine is coming out this week and I can't wait!! I shall be going back on the depo injection, had that for 10 years with no problems!!

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i havent gotten the implant yet... but i am strongly thinking about it because i keep forgetting to take my pill. From other comments i see there are many ixed feelings about this implant im not sure if i should get this or not. I do like the fact that it last for so long but, i dont want my period to stick around for that long....any comments what has gone wrong with this implant for you ? please share. thank you

 
At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Stefanie said...

I have tried every birth control method out there and am currently on Implanon. The Depo shot made me bleed heavily for a year non-stop, I got too heavy for the patch, I tried the pill- but forgot to take it too many times and had too much weight gain and acne. I tried the copper IUD (non-hormonal), it seemed perfect with no hormonal side effects but I highly do not recommend it for anyone who has never had children. I would still be on it, except I have never had a child so my uterus was too small for it. It kept causing me awful pain when my periods came because my uterus is too small for it and would cramp around the metal object. Anyway, Implanon has been great for me. For the moment of implant in January 2007, I have not had my period, no spotting, no cramps, no pms-no pain, no nothing. The only thing I did notice was an increase in really deep acne that was not isolated to my face. Acne now occurs on my arms, my back, my face etc. My obgyn perscribed me a drug that kept my hormones more balanced- which stopped the acne, but the drug itself is a dangerous one and has it's own side effects. The risks of the secondary drug was not worth it to me. My skin feels a lot thinner now since the implanon was implanted. My skin heals slower, and the acne has left many scars. From January 2007 until the last week in December 2009, I have gone period free with no bleeding at all. Two weeks ago my breasts became incredibly tender, painful, swollen and I would tear up if I bumped them even a little bit. Now I have started spotting and cramping like my period is coming. It is a bit odd because of how many years I have gone without my period or menstural symptoms. I am seeing my OBGYN in 2 days and will post again with whatever she tells me.

 
At 4:51 AM, Anonymous Stefanie said...

Follow Up: Stefanie

I saw my OBGYN this week, I also went through my first period since 2007, it was light and lasted 3 days. My doctor says that she thinks I ovulated 3 weeks ago causing my symptoms and then I had a light period. She said that nothing is wrong with me or the Implanon. She said even though I ovulated, I would not have been able to get pregnant while on Implanon because it works in many other ways. She also said she does not expect me to ovulate again or get any spotting or even a repeat of this last light period I just had.

 
At 3:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on implenon since june 2009. After a week, i had heavy bleeding for almost 2months n since then i didnt get a period until jan 2010 which was just spots that lasted for 3days. im a bit scare im i lucky after reviewing all the comment about bleeding or im i at risk for blood clot?

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm so so so happy i've read this! My boyfriend said that people that haven't had such bad side effects most likely don't come and post a comment which might be true. However seeing that there are so many women suffering this implant can't be that great. I got mine done in 11/09, i had it done whilest on my period once my period stopped, my sex life was great for a month. my period came around the time it usualy comes round,so i thought this most be a normal period even though the blood was dark dark brown, until 7days where up, i started to think this isnt right so after about 12 days i went to the clinic, the nurse told me this was normal, it;s not a normal period, if the bleeding goes on for 3 months then come back and we'll do something. well it hasn't been 3months yet but after reading lots of comments i feel to just get it taken out. I know everyone is different and not all birth controls will work well for some. so I'm in two minds... to wait or take it out. oh the first 2weeks of this period it has been drama head aches and all sorts, but i'm fine now... i'm just waiting for the bleeding to STOP! I want my sex life back! I want to wear nice nickers lol! All i can say is women suffer. ITS ALOT! i hope all ladies with this problem finds a solution. thanks

 
At 3:16 AM, Blogger Mishelle said...

I have been on the Depo shot for 5 yrs now and several times between children before that. I only use bc to not have periods anyway. Today I went in for an injection and my doctor told me to check out Implanon on the web. I just want to thank all of you for your posts. Now that I've heard the horror stories I will stick with Depo. I know it don't let me have periods. Good luck to all of you. M.

 
At 1:50 AM, Blogger stene said...

I'm 16 and I got the Implanon on 9-9-09 and I started bleeding a week into it and it lasted about 2 weeks and stopped for a few months. Starting about 4 and a half weeks ago I got my period again and it has not gone away. Is this normal? Should I see my doctor?

 
At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm 18 years old and i got implanon on 12-30-09 and i have yet to have my period i have not had any spotting or irregularity. should i be worried or just be thankful not to have the problem. if any one knows please email me at bloombabe91@msn.com i'm not sure wheather to be worried me and my boyfriend waited two weeks like my doctor said. please if any tips let me know.
thanks

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 25, and got the implanon on 29 May 2009. After one month my periods were due and I did not stop bleeding, I wanted to take implant out many times, went to the doctor and had an ultrasound, uterus was fine but was still bleeding. I stopped bleeding finally on 6 February 2010. No other side effects just the annoying spot of blood everyday, relieved but still but wondering what it will be like from now on. Will keep you posted. I just know when I was bleeding there were very few posts of women who had decided to keep the implanon for more than a few months, so I thought I'd share my experience.

 
At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on Implanon for about 2 months now. I got on it due to an accidental pregnacy so I needed something fool proof. Well I havent gotten pregnant again but I have been bleeding for 2 months straight. Sometimes heavier, sometimes lighter. Rarely ever do I have cramping. I had severe mood swings in the first month of having it put in and I have been experiencing the vaginal dryness during sex. I NEED to get the bleeding to stop. Its affecting my current relationship and I just feel disgusting. I also wont settle for anything that doesnt work as well as implanon. HELP!!!

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

I wish I'd read this forum before getting Implanon... I'm 37, and have used the progestogen-only pill for 10 years, no periods, no mood swings, no side effects - absolutely great. But because of the medications I now have to take for other conditions now, I was forgetting my pill and Implanon sounded ideal. I've bled since it went in (6 weeks ago) - heavy, painful, and I'm at my wits end. Top doses of painkillers and it doesn't even touch the sides. I now know why it is successful as a contraceptive - apparently for all the wrong reasons and I'm wishing I hadn't gone on this at all. Going to the docs tomorrow. How awful for all of us girls. Irregular bleeding is one thing, continuous is another.

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a follow on to my post at 7.15pm (above) - Saw the doc today, and she commented that women who are heavier in weight have more natural hormone and often get on better with Implanon. With me weighing less than 8-st, perhaps this is an issue for myself and others of a slighter build. Why though can't women who weigh less than say 9-st, and those weighing more than 11-st (the upper effective weight limit), get the option of two implants at the same time?

Anyway, I'm back on the POP now at the same time to see if it settles - but apparently it's not looking good...

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am 22 and i have had the implanon for about 6 months. I had a baby and had to wait about 4 to 6 weeks after having her before i could get it. i have not stopped bleeding since i had my little girl. its not just spotting, its like having a period for 6 months. iam tired of bleeding and it itches around the injection site. what should i do, alot of other birth controls have done similar things so i feel like iam just trading one thing for another.

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 24 and Ive been on implanon for 2 years comming March- The last month and a hald have been awful with heavy irregular periods. The past 2 years I have alomost had no period at all after comming to implanon after using depo-provera injections for about 4 years). Last month I was placed on a estrogen replacement therapy for 30 days, due to the belief that my vaginal wall was thin due to years of not having a regular cycle. I do have a appt comming up- but any tips or idea that In could mention that worked for any of you with the same problem?

 
At 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I began using implanon in dec. 09 at my 6 week postpartum.had a regular period then nothing except for bleeding during sex for the next couple of months.then the third month came around and after bleeding during sex AGAIN,I have yet to stop spotting!I'm going to give it a few days,if something doesnt give,I'm having it removed!Anyone know if the doxycycline treatment really works?

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! I just got put on Implanon about a month ago. I started my period over a week ago and I was concerned because the bleeding doesn't look like it is going to stop anytime soon. Reading all these posts is pretty scary. I got on this form of birth control because my OB/GYN told me it would stop my periods all together with an occasional spotting here or there. Most of the responses sound like I will be bleeding non stop now. I to don't have insurance anymore to get this removed.

 
At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I have been on Implanon since early 2009 and its been about a yr now. just about 3 months ago i have been bleeding non stop and still going! there is no sign of blood clots or slowing down. I havnt had one day that i havnt bled severly. The weird thing is i have had the depo or other pills and never have a period at all, but this is just to much. What do I do?

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

iv been on the implanon for about 3 months now with constant bleeding and really sore ovulation and tender breasts, i have also gained half a stone and now weigh 8 and a half stone (my height is 5ft1 so im not to skinny anyway lol) but unfortunatly it hasnt went to my boobs, i use to be a very small 32A cup but now im down to a 30AA, my boobs have shrank and i didnt actually think it was possible because my boobs were already really small. its really depressing me as i cant even get dressed infront of my boyfriend, im 17 :(

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

I got the implanon Oct. 2008 it is now April 2010 and in the beginning I loved it cause I didn’t have a period for about four months, but every since then It has been non-stop!!! It has not gotten any better and I do not think it will. They told me if I had a problem with it they would take it out, but when I asked them to take it out they told me to take the pill which I hate cause I never remember to take it and anyways who want to take two forums of birth control ? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Then they asked me to come in for an ultrasound, which I cannot afford. Then they told me they would not remove it unless it was an emergency. My arm always hurts and I feel drained all the time. In addition, on top of it all my hair is falling out by the hand full’s. If anyone asked me if they should get the implanon I would tell them to run far away from it I don’t care what the doctors say because they sure didn’t tell me the real side effect till after I had already got it put in and started having problems with it. I absolutely hate it and I want to take it out now, but looks like it will be in until Oct. 2011. This is just a warning to all. Use a different forum of birth control.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Robin said...

ok to the last girl who posted, you need to get a second oppinion, they can't tell you that you can't get it taken out, it's ur body and your choice. I'm about to get mine removed, i'm the opposite of everyone here....i started implanon in OCT 2007 - no bleeding for 3 months then had a 2 week period and havent blead since...it's been like 2 yrs i have put on over 60 lbs since then 30 was in just 3 months....anyone with anything like this?

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous rasha said...

I am 18yr and i received the implant in 2/2010 and i have been bleeding none stop. I have bad mood swing and i have gain weight around my stomach area. My prom is May 1 and i need to see whether to get it out so i want be bleeding on prom can anyone help me.

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger ema said...

rasha,

Yes, your Ob/Gyn or a local Women's Health clinic (like Planned Parenthood) can help you. Just ask for a short-term course of high progestin or combination pill to control the bleeding for May 1st.

Hope your problem is resolved and you have a wonderful prom.

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Why would we take more progestrin when all that is in the implanon is progestrin? wouldn't that make it worse?

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger ema said...

Robin,

Good question. It has to do with the exposure to a small, daily dose vs. the effect of a short-term, high dose. The aim is to stabilize the uterine lining enough to stop the daily spotting/bleeding.

Hopefully the high-dose course achieves that and it has a lasting effect but, unfortunately, there's no way to predict how an individual patient responds.

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, i have the same problem as by the looks many other women here! I had mine inserted 30/09/08 and all was good as i was happy to miss a period or two then have one every few months. For about the past year my period has gone from once every few months to clockwork every month, then to all ouer the place and didnt know when i was gonna get it, now im getting it roughly every three weeks(very abnormal for me) last month i had a month long period! With maybe 2days respite from the bleeding! Three weeks later low and behold i get this one. It varies from day to day with how heavy but the last one was a very light constant period. Its ruining my sex life as its very inconvient for me. Should i get it removed?? Ann-marie.

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous rasha said...

On yesterday my mom call my ob/gyn about the bleeding and they put me on yaz to help with bleeding. I normally come on my cycle 18-22 and like i stated yesterday will that have me over and done with by prom on May 1. I guess what i am asking will this stop my problem with long periods and break through bleeding?

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Tsmith said...

In October of 2009, I got the Implanon implant and about a week after I got it I started bleeding quite heavily for 16 days, then it would stop for about 3-5 days and then I would bleed again.. On the rare occasion that I wasnt bleeding, and I would have sex (on the rare occasion that i wanted to), I would almost immediatley begin to bleed heavily again, so that was very inconvienent. I gained 32 pounds also, I had this inserted 3/30/09 and had it removed on 4/19/10, so that is a very short time period to gain that much weight. I also had horrible pains in my stomach, and get this MY HAIR STARTED FALLING OUT!!! My practicioner said some women cant handle Progestin therapy and that is a side effect that happens. I also had real bad mood swings, to put all this in a nut-shell, it was like i had PMS constantly!!!! Since the removal, I can say that my food cravings have decreased and my sexual cravings have gotten back to the norm. I bled for about a week after the removal (but very light) and havent bled since, my hair is still falling out a little but no where near as much as it was, so im hoping that will soon help. I just think that you need to study these forms of birth control and when you do notice several side effects then DO SPEAK up and tell you Doctor, you know your body, and dont want to do any damage to it. I hope this helps.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Christie said...

I have been using implanon for about 2 years now. I have very irregular bleeding. I'll go about 3 to 7 months without a period then, I'll be on my period for like 3 weeks straight. what's up with that?

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been using implanon for almost two years. At first had bleeding and periods for about 5 months, then it all stopped. I havent had any problems since.
But this week had an operation on my stomach, and have had to take blood thinning injections. 4 days later the bleeding started. It is period like pain and bleeding. Could this have been brought on by the blood thinners, or should I be worried it may be something else?

 
At 5:01 AM, Blogger Alisha said...

i got my implanon 5 weeks a go and been bleeding for 4 weeks stright can someone help me my email is twilight3151@gmail.com

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous rasha said...

My doctor putting me on the yaz to help with in between bleeding on April 5 and i finish round the 28th of this month. Is there a doctor that could tell me how long after my cycle would start back thank you so much?

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try some side orders with your implanon.

My first(2003)was amazing. No side effects for the first 2.75 years.I was a walking advertisment for the product. I loved it. I started bleeding a bit at the end. I saw my doctor, who said it was at the end of it's life cycle, so I had it removed.
Later, I had a Depo-provera shot which caused continuous bleeding, weight gain etc. Once it had worn out. (along with a moody & psycotic self) I tried the Nuva ring,(which at the time was very new to Australia and hard to get) went back to (forgetting to take) the pill, then decided to get another implant.

Implant #2 -2008 was great for 4 months, then i bleed continuously (just as I did with the depo shot).
It was like body absorbed one part of the ingredients of the implant quickly, and left the rest to cause the bleeding.

Back to the doctor. I'm now trying the implant combined with a low dose pill & the nuva ring as required. I usually alternate between taking the pill/wear nuva ring, long enough to get the bleeding to stop. And I am still protected. For me, this works.

The other thing (which is mentioned in a post above) is when I had Doxycyline as a preventative malaria treatment for our travels through Asia, it stopped the bleeding (and my skin was awesome).
Once again, great options for me, but check with your doctor for other "side order options" with your implant that are best for you. Bel x

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had implanon since 3/10 it's now 4/23 and i have been bleeding now for 18 days. I asked my doctor to prescribe me something but he just don't know. my friend has implanon anad been having bleeding problems too and her doctor prescribed her DOXYCYCLINE MONOHYDRATE and i did my research and the doctors say that this drug will help. Doxycycline is a antibiotic but i guess that something in it helps. My friend said it worked for her, now all i gotta do is get my doc to prescribe it to me. Ladies, if your doc refuses to give it to you keep trying and show him/her the evidence that this is the drug treatment for implanon vaginal bleeding. we don't need to keep on suffering.

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Barbie said...

Hi everyone, I literally started crying after reading through all of this. Im 20 and have had this stupid stick in my arm for about 2 months now. I bleed almost every day - It's driving me crazy. What can i do? I don't really want it taken out without giving it a good chance, but i get so emotional about the bleeding and it's horrible when i'm at work and because it's retail and i'm often on my own - i can't run off to the bathroom.
Anybody been here and found a solution? :) email is eliisa@live.com - feel free to email me with anything, i'm desperate

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had Implanon in for about a year now. For the first year, I had no periods. I believe I had a little bit of spotting twice, but it was no big deal. For the last three months I've been having my period. Regular, a full week. But it's not only frustrating after a year of not having this, it makes me feel concerned that my birth control may not be working effectively.

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

I've had the implanon almost a year and my doctor put it on because my normal period was irregular. (23 days average w/o birth control.) With the implanon he said my bleeding would stop within 6 months and I think I've had maybe with in the year maybe 1 full month with out it but that wasn't in a row... But he also had me on the pill for the first month.

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous ivy said...

So I been thinking about getting it and my doc said that their could be spotting and it could happen all the time..but it seems like most people get actually periods all the time...not making me want to get it..even though it seems great aginst pregnancy.... but any way I get my regular period about every 2 weeks any way with regular birth and when I'm not (sucks right).. but. I was wondering if you guys think it might reverse my already annoying bleeding issue to not bleed at all?

 
At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm only 15 and i have the implanon rod. For the first 6-8 months i never had any bleeding but in the past month or so ive been getting irregular light bleeding, im kinda worried. Where's the blood coming from?
Email me if you know:
this_girl_becca@hotmail.co.uk

 
At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Channy said...

Please help me i need to know. i had my period around April 13 then my period stopped around April 18, that took about 5 days to stop, "BUT" all the sudden May 3rd i started to have ANOTHER period. What does that mean? im afraid it wont stop. Does it going to be stop any sooner??because i dont like having period all the time.

anyone help??

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I had implanon inserted on 15/04/10 and since then i have not had a period. Im getting really worried, as I've had unprotected sex and done a pregnancy test which was negative but im scared it was a false negative. or does implanonh completely stop periods from when it is inserted. I was using the combined contraceptive pill for about 3 years prior and to be honest was not using it properly and as such have not had a proper period for about a year, as i would forget to take them and run them together. this was primarily the reason for getting implanon. however as much as i hate getting a period every month, its worrying without having one.

can anyone advise if this is normal?

Thanks.

 
At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the comment above ^^,

The first seven months I had Implanon I did not have a period or even break through bleeding. I was originally told that Implanin would STOP bleeding all together so I thought it was normal. After 8 months, I have not had more than one week where I am not bleeding. It is extremely uncomfortable and I am thinking of getting it removed. If you are not bleeding no not worry and I hope that it lasts for you!

 
At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Ashley said...

hi
i've had implanon for about a month now, i never bled the first three weeks, and had a biopsy done for sever displaysia in my cervix a week ago and have had light bleeding since then, today it got heavier. i almost went to the emergency room because what looked like chunks of skin were coming out with the blood as well, thiking this was from the biopsy i looked it up, and these were some of the side effects of the biopsy. my mother said, maybe it has something to do with your implanon? so i began looking up the side effects of the implanon. and it makes me extremley nervous that everyone has had continuous bleeding and non-stop cramps. I don't know whether to go to the ER because htis may be the results of biopsy or because of the implanon? I am really scared and am supposed to have surgery for my displasiya on the first.. Should i get my implanon removed? Or go to the ER?
please email me at arupchurch18@gmail.com

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger ema said...

Ashley,

Unlikely that what you're describing is related to the implant. It sounds like you're just having a regular period (the heavier bleeding) and still passing some of the Monsel's, a dark brown paste used during cervical biopsies to stop oozing ("chunks of skin").

Might be best to just call your Ob/Gyn rather than go to the ER (unless, of course, the bleeding becomes excessive).

 
At 5:00 AM, Blogger Bridget said...

I am due to get my fourth insert implanon put in but am concerned as up until the last two inserts it has been a godsend certainly no side affects that i noticed but gradually i have started to get cycle problems of very sore and untouchable breasts leading to a regular bleed but its the bleeding that has got me worried as i start off spotting with near black and clotty blood and over a week or two it carries down to normal bright red but should it be black at all or is this old blood not passing that should be, i have been told it all ok and even after each insert not necessary to have break between, because i due for fourth since 1999 i want some advice.

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger ema said...

Bridget,

It is OK, the dark blood isn't "old" it's just menstrual blood.

 
At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm 18. I was on the contraceptive pill for several months and this caused severe mood swings and I was grumpy all the time, my GP then changed me to a different contraceptive pill which worked quite well as I was no longer as volatile. During both time periods of being on these pills my menstrual periods were quite regular although heavy. I got irregular bleeding quite alot witht the first pill Microgynon 30 but this subsided when I started taking the second pill Femodene and only happened one or two days of the month or the odd time after sex. I then progressed onto Implanon in April of this year as I saw it as a much more viable option for me because I was always scared I would forget to take my pill and on several occassions this had happened. For the first week I ran my pill alongside the implant just to ensure I was covered. When I first got the implant I was fine for a few weeks, no bleeding, a great sex life. I then got my first due period, albeit a day early it was fine, quite light and short.I then didn't bleed again for about 2 weeks.After that I've been bleeding constantly sometimes alot and sometimes just a few spots every day and its wrecking havoc with both my sex life and my self esteem as it is making me feel 'dirty' and inadequate.It's driving me mad as some days I won't bleed all day then have sex and bleed alot its like sex is a trigger. Recently it has been alot of blood so I'm thinking it may actually be my period but i cannot differentiate between irregular bleeding and my period because it is constant.I'm also going on 2 holidays and I hate the thought of bleeding as it will limit what bikinis I can wear and when I can go swimming etc. I am thinking of asking my doctor if theres some sort of pill I can run alongside my implant to regulate bleeding, does anyone know if such a pill exists or if the regular contraceptive pill could be used?

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

I'm so glad I read all of your comments. I've been bleeding for over a month now....it's miserable! I first got the implanon in April of 2008....have never had a period, it's been great until now...I don't know how much more of this I can take.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger tahnee said...

...I've been on the implanon since March 12,10' and am 19 years old. My period was pretty regular before I got on this, due to me taking the patch, and the pill before then. It is now June 22 and I've had a very very light period for the last four days. I have to go out of town to c my marine in 9 days before he deploys. my question is,will my period stop all the way before I leave? Any suggestions email me at tweety835@gmail.com.

Please help asap!!!!

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

Well, talk about a good birth control. Why didn't they just glue it shut? I am fifteen and I've had Implanon for a year and four months. I have been experiencing moderate bleeding NON STOP and my gramma(legal guardian) said that I can't get it taken out until I have to. Honestly, I didn't feel great about getting it put in in the first place, it felt unnatural to me. I'm a smoker which also concerns me, but that's with any birth control. I have been bleeding for about six months now, and it's driving me insane. It's not like I can have a sex life when I'm constantly bleeding. It's not too much of an issue right now, but it will be in a few months. Does anyone know if at-home removals are healthy and if not what I should do to stop the bleeding? Please help!

 
At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mine is inserted about 2 months ago.since then ive been having spotted bleeding which sometimes less and more.it makes me anxious coz im afraid if its abnormal or sumthing.someone plz help me..

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had mine put in, in march this year, and im really confused what to do, i was on the depo when i had it inserted, so i was coverd for just a week while it was in. after that i started bleeding pretty heavy for a week, so i went to my family planning and they gave me the pill to take everyday for a month. my doc has told me to take a break between each packet, but when i do i bleed constantly. so i jump back onto the pill which works perfectly. i just dont know wether i should leave it longer? to findout wether it lasts as long as a normal period or wether it would be longer... i just hate having periods non stop. but the doc says it could last up to 6-9 months. but my body only took 3 months to get used to the depo. :/ and it works perfectly for my twin sis!. its very irratating!!!!!

 
At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is August 5, 2010. I got the Implanon inserted 6 weeks after my daughter was born (May 29) so it was inserted on July 14, 2009. For the first 5 months, I was breastfeeding and had no period or spotting at all and was in love with the little rod in my arm. Until January 1st (Mother Nature's a B*tch ain't she?) my period started...and lasted for 2 months. It ended for about 2 1/2 weeks and started up again. Heavy, non-stop bleeding. I was anemic before even getting the damn thing and now I'm falling apart. Since then, I have not had more than 1 week of freedom from bleeding and it is really taking a toll on my sex life. Not only that, because of the blood-loss, I am weak and tired and depressed and stressed out and losing my damn mind. Tampons are friggin expensive, folks, and when you have to buy a box of SUPER PLUS every friggin week, your bank account doesn't look so friendly anymore. I've had MAJOR mood swings where I basically go from a vegetable to an angry mother grizzly to little miss sunshine in 0.3 seconds. It's driving me bonkers. I didn't know about the doxycycline, but I had some prescribed by my dermatologist a while back and didn't take them. I'm takin' 'em now!!! Hopefully, I'll stop bleeding to death in the next few days. If not, I'm taking a steak knife to my friggin arm. Now, as a birth control method, yeah, it's effective, cuz who wants screw a woman who's constantly on the rag?!!!!

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger j said...

I had been on Depo and loved it but was worried about the bone density issue as i've aged. Got the implanon in March 2010, fine until July but now on a 4 week period that began right after sexual intercourse. Slows down for a day and then intercourse resumes it to a heavy flow again. Waiting to see if it continues but i'm already tired of bleeding. I also have had some cramping, weight gain and severe headaches. I wouldnt choose this method of birth control again had i read these posts first or known the side effects.

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

I've had Implanon for 3 months now and since I got it inserted I have had a non-stop period that's been very heavy with large clots and cramping, I recently had a baby and I lost a lot of blood during labor, but now that I've had this non-stop period I've become weak til the point I don't want to wake up or get out of bed, I have had black-out spells and major headaches. I've taking pills for 30 days and nothing helped, I'm going to get it removed.

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Hayley said...

i had my implant fitted 6 months ago and i havnt stopped bleeding since, and its not just a spot of bleeding here and there, its constant everyday bleeding and most of the time its as heavy as a normal period.I might get the very rare day where i could get away with just wearing a pad but mostly i hav a tampon in all the time.. Im worried, My doctor told me when it was being fitted to try taking the pill if the bleeding doesnt stop and i tryed it but it didnt work. Im a pretty healthy person so i dont know whats wrong..

 
At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two months since I've had the implant, I would not recommend it. I'm constantly bleeding, (which is a put off if u have a partner) plus my mood swings are effecting the reationship's i hold with my children an family, I thought havin this done would have made my day! BELIEVE me its a waist of money time an sanitry towels/ tampons

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

I go the Implanon March 1. I had a one day period in the months of March and April. I had no period in May or June. I started at the end of July and had been on it for 19 days until I said this is enough. I called the OB and they game me Premarin to take for 3 weeks. We will see how that works. Although 19 days of a pertiod is annoying I have to admit It is not a bad period. On the shot and pill I had horrible cramping and heavy periods. With Implanon it is so light and I really don't know its there. I definitely like my implant better than any other birth control method.

 
At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew!! I was about to make a doctors appointment to ask why i've been bleeding continuously for 15 weeks, but thought i'd look it up online first. I'm 26, and switched from the pill to Implanon because I was forgetful and never took the pill at the same time each day and sometimes forgot all together. So this seemed like the perfect solution, but bleeding everyday is awful isn't it! It's not as heavy has my usual periods when on the pill, but still the expense of having to use pads everyday, - and the slight irritations 'down there' from never having a break from them. My partner is very understanding and claims to not mind the blood when we are having sex - but I mind as it doesn't make me feel very attractive, and as I have read in a couple of the above posts: am often very dry during intercourse and we have to use a lubricant. Which we shouldn't have to do!
So decisions decisions, I like the idea of also taking another contraception to stop the bleeding but if it's not going to help long term...
On the pill I was constantly worried I was going to get pregnant because I was so terrible at taking it properly - but I think I just need to grow up a bit and remember to take a little pill at the same time each day! It shouldn't be that hard!!

 
At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had implanon inserted july 12 of this year.. and i havent quit bleeding yet! and i have never had cramps or ne problems like that before.. but now i cramp like crazy and i have horrible mood swings and the whole thing just seems so horrible. and one of the comments i read made perfect sense it is a great birth control bcuz ur constantly bleedin and feel gross having sex at all.. so idk im going to give it a few more months but if it continues like this this baby is coming OUT.

 
At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Chan said...

hey ive had the implanon for about 2 years now havnt had a problem with bleeding until a month or so ago when it came out heavy and blackish. and now i have had a kinda of a period with the normal back pain ect but im wondering if this is normal and if its still working please help im worried about wats going on and if i should change it!!

 
At 4:05 PM, OpenID Success said...

i have had mine since novemeber o 2009.the spot doesnt itch or anything but my bleeding is irregular and will stop for a couple days and start back up and last for weeks at a time.and my cramps have gotten worst.what do you think i should do cause i am thinking about getting it take out.

 
At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the implanon about two weeks ago and i was fine for the first day of so then i started bleeding. i have not stopped yet. Thank god my boyfreind is over seas while ii try to figure this out but without sex for multiple months?? No! I tried the pill bleed a lot! did the depo and spotted the whole time, at least implanon is not a crazy bleed or the gross icky brown spotting. i do not know what to do for birth control all seem to make me bleed or spot. i was on the pill from 15 to 20 and had no problems, now 3 years later i cannot find anything that works! HELP!!! please email me any advice or info train.aventine@gmail.com

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

hi i had the implanon in since april 2010, once the implanon was in i wouldnt stop bleeding for 2 whole months so i went back to my local doctors and i said i havent stop bleeding since it went in. i got it taking out in june but since it got taking out i havent had my period at all. is this one of the main side effects of it? or is normle?i really need help i dont know what to do.

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Nona said...

Jesus!! This thing really is a nightmare!! There are, at most, six positive comments about Implanon here. If only I'd known beforehand... I had my rod fitted on the 25th of August 2010 on the fifth day of my cycle, and experienced the typical lessening of blood as the week ended. So I figured that everything was fine, and I went about my merry business until exactly a week later, when I found that I was on. Again. Not my idea of a good time.

It looked like it was going to stop at the week mark again, but it's just started up again. Two or three pads a day >_> Not good. If it doesn't stop by Friday (as I'm going to uni and want to be on something that works properly and doesn't make me feel like crap when there's no-one there to make me feel better), I'll be seeing my doctor and asking her to take it out and put me on some kind of pill.

Might forget to take it, but anything's gotta be better than this, right?

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everybody, I got the implanon on August 23, 2010 after having a baby in June. I didn't get my period until September 12th, and haven't stopped bleeding yet. Should I go to the doctor or wait it out. If anyone can answer me please email me at, dasisofdabest@aim.com

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous KB said...

I got the Implanon implant in June 2010. For the first couple of months it was fine- a little bit of spotting for the first week or so, but I'm guessing that was probably due to the fact I took it alongside the contraceptive pill (Femodette) for the first week.

It's now October 2010 and I started a 'period' 3 weeks ago and it is showing no signs of stopping. At first it was thick and dark, now it just looks like regular blood. It's heavy (All the time), I feel tired a lot and I don't know how long I should leave it before I see a doctor! Help!!!!

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of you are right, the responses to this blog are all negative, because if you are not having problems with Implanon, why would you google it in the first place? I had the implant fitted about 3 mths ago. I had it fitted on day 1 of my period, by end of day 2 my period had stopped and the initial breast tenderness went after about a week. I have had some light bleeding last month, nothing like what is talked about above though and it did stop after about 9 days.
Sex drive is slightly less, but its slightly less on any contraceptive I've ever taken. I have put on weight but I am not kidding myself - the reason for that is not that the hormones make me fat, they just make me hungry and I used my quota of willpoer up on quitting smoking ;-)

I did a lot of research and was given lots of good advice before having it. I would recommend it.

It sounds to me that a lot of you have not been told what to expect before you had it, as everything you are all talking about was explained to me in some detail before I signed consent to have it implanted.

If you are having problems with bleeding, then go to the doctors, as soon as you feel its not normal or its affecting your life, as you do not have to suffer, despite what some (probably male) doctors may seem to think, there is help available, as some have mentioned, the pill can be used short term to control initial excessive or prolonged bleeds.

I can't believe some of you have been told it won't be removed. If you've given it chance to settle down, (3-6 mths I was told) followed all the doctors advice about helping the process along, then you have a right to have it removed. DO NOT accept anything else. Personally, I would not leave the surgery until it was gone and would be explaining in no uncertain terms either they take it out, or I will take it out myself. And shove it up their ****!
Hope you all get sorted soon!

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous KB said...

Well, I have been prescriped Mefenamic Acid tablets for the next week to see if they can stop the bleeding, and stabilise things without the need for more hormones (eg the pill)... I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow to discus 'whats next' if that doesn't work!

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Grace said...

Hii,
I had the implant in for 4 months an got it taken out on wednesday! Having it in for 16 weeks, id say i literally bled for atleast 13!!! I was constantly snapping at any one who spoke to me, or crying at the slightest upsetting thing, i had to get it taken out!! Luckilly i have a very understanding boyfriend otherwise i realy dont think wed still be together, however i got put on the pill straight away, this was meant to settle the bleeding, however it hasnt! Any one else got the implant out, gone on the pill an still bleeding???? xx

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

I have had implanon for 3 months now and I havent stopped bleeding once! Im not sure what to do...It it just getting really annoying!

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

i hate implanon. I've had it for like 6 months and this crap sucks. I don't have sex or anything but I bleed EVERYDAY. I'm sick of this crap. Sometimes it'll be red blood or brown stuff. It sucks I'm done with this.

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

I am soooo glad i read this. I havent got it put in yet and from the sounds of it I dont want to. Ive experienced enough of this kinda thing since I had my 3rd kid its very annoying and I cant take no more of this. SO im going to cancel my appointment to get it put in and just stay with the depo shot

 
At 3:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on impanon for 5 months now. They told me i wouold have a little spotting here an there for a few months. But i have been full on bleeding the whole time, then i will have days where its light...it has caused my boyfriend and i to not have sex because of this..it makes me have to wear a tampon 24/7. When im in class sometimes its hard to keep up. Is there anything i can do to cut back the bleeding? is it suppost to be happening?

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive been on implanon since 11/2007 and i also have problems with the bleeding. the whole time using implanon i would bleed almost the whole month... the insertion site constantly itches or will burn and hurt. why does implanon suck so bad?!

 
At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,
ive read most of this blog, just wondering if anyone actually knows of some way to stop the bleeding, without taking the implanon out????? i had the Implanon put in about 3 months ago, an have not stopped bleeding for the last month, its putting a strain on my relationship.... PLZ HELP!!!!!!!!

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I got my Implanon put in 4 days ago. It was the 4th day of my period and my period ended the next day. Until the next day, and since I've had on and off light spotting. EXTREMELY LIGHT. But, i wouldn't have sex with my boyfriend if i was spotting in all fairness. The area of insertion of the bar is slightly tender. I changed the patch that's over it, to keep it clean until it heals and usually an itch just means it's healing nicely. This is my first form of contraceptive. I'm only 18 and until now have just been using condoms. I hope my periods stop or regulate. Thank you :)

Mary.

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Feb, 2011 will be my 3 years of having had the implanon. For the most part, I love it! Although lately my cycle has been more frequent and waaaay heavier! I'm still researching and trying to make sure its the birth control and not me. I notice many people have it taken out within the first 2 years. I've had no complaints until now. I have been on this cycle for 14 days. I had a 1 day break in between periods. it went from light and moderate the first week, then extremely heavy the second week. I have 3 months left before its taken out, im still debating if I should try another type of birth control or try implanon again. I've done the pill, always forgot it. The patch caused too many problems, the idea of having to stick a ring in my vagina every week... no thanks. The shot, i wasn't sure about side affects and I wanted something a little more long term. The IUD, from my understanding doesn't stop the egg from being fertilized, so essentially, your having a miscarriage if the egg had been fertilized. I hope this bleeding ends soon, I love the idea of implanon and its truly been good to me over the past couple years. But for now... I just want the bleeding to stop!

 
At 5:06 AM, Blogger Leah said...

I got implanon in the middle of september and now I have been bleeding for 45 freaking days... HOW CAN I MAKE IT STOP?

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, just an update with mine... I had it put in in June 2010, it was fine until September when I ended up bleeding heavily for 26 days. Tablets the doctors gave me did nothing, and it seemed to stop of its own accord.

Anyway, it started again 12 days ago and is showing no signs of stopping. The doctors have told me I can't have it removed until January at the earliest.

I hate Implanon. So so so much.

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

I have had 3 implanons prior to this 4th one and never had a problem. This fourth one was inserted last July 2010. I was surprised that it was inserted much lower than the previous sites. And it is right now annoying me because of the itchiness. Some nights it's problem free but there are nights when it drives me insane, I couldn't stop myself from scratching it coz it is so itchy. And I have really red "match stick" line on my skin above it.

I wonder if it is because it's in a new insertion site (ie being much lower) hence the itchiness....

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have had implanon since 2008. Since I have had the worst bleeding. Never before have I bleed through clothing. My bleeding usually last about 3-4 weeks and I am always given doxy or estrogel. Recently (last 6 mos) by GYN gave me a standing Rx of estrogel to take once I am on day 5 of my period. I am so tired of this bleeding and using this gel. My bf left for his 6 month deployment and we had to deal with this yucky bleeding. I am looking into the IUD or something else. I love how effective Implanon is but hate the heavy, irregular bleeding. Doubt I get it reinserted :(

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous jess said...

Hi. I've had the implant now for about a year. Up to now I've had no problems until the other day I noticed some very very light bleeding. Then the day after it had gone, however its back today. Is this normal? Let me know by emailing jesslbostock@live.co.uk

 
At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Firstly thank you - reading these comments has reassured me that at least I'm not alone, even if I'm not very happy either!!

I got it at the end of August and its nearly Christmas now. In the first month, I basically experienced a normal period but since then it has been pretty much non-stop. I can't remember the last day I didn't bleed. At one point fairly early on, it pretty much stopped for a day - my boyfriend and I took advantage of the break AND IT STARTED AGAIN THE NEXT MORNING! :( What's more, like a few others have said, it's not even like normal blood, it's a kind of brown discharge, which really worried me until I saw that this isn't uncommon.

I also now have a problem with itchiness downstairs. I don't know if this is to do with Implanon, or maybe it is because I now have to wear sanitary pads every day and perhaps that is an irritation to the skin? Or maybe it is unrelated. If anyone has any info about that, please help! I have tried using thrush cream (the only thing I had in my drawer which was remotely related) which soothes it for a while but it hasn't solved it on a more permanent basis.

I am going to my clinic tomorrow as it is only open 9.30-11.30 on Friday mornings and I have been at school since I had it put in so had to wait til now. Originally I think the nurse said if the bleeding was bad, there were options such as going on the pill as well but I will find out soon!

I don't want to leave my email address as I haven't told many people I'm on it and if my mum ever found out she would literally kick me out of the house! But if you have any useful information, advice etc please post it and I will check back regularly.

Thanks guys x

P.S. A lot of people have been joking about how it is the best contraceptive as you can't have sex! I agree, except my boyfriend doesn't care...? Once he's in the mood, he just tells me he doesn't care if there's a bit of blood. I eventually gave in even though I found that weird at first. I didn't know if it was him or me being weird as he is my first. Any thoughts? It's fine but I just don't enjoy it as much as I did before having all this trouble :( and he can get really childish/moody/unreasonable if I say no.

 
At 9:47 PM, Anonymous marie8927 said...

I just got my implanon taken out 2 days ago due to non stop bleeding and I was just wondering if anyone knew how long after it is removed will I continue to bleed? I'm just ready to stop bleeding. I've been bleeding for over a year. Thanks.

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i HAVE HAD THIS THING IN SINCE 07/09. i'VE HAD MY PERIOD UP TO 3 MONTHS STRAIGHT. RIGHT WHEN IT FINALLY WENT AWAY FOR ABOUT A MONTH, I GOT IT AGAIN AND I'VE BEEN BLEEDING FOR ABOUT ANOTHER MONTH. THIS IS SERIOUSLY KILLING ME, I HAVE GONE THROUGH 3 BOXES OF 52 COUNT TAMPAX TAMPONS IN THE LAST MONTH... I HAVE HEART PROBLEMS AND CAN'T BE ON THIS LIL EXPERIMENTAL ISSUE WITH THIS BLEEDING TRYING TO SEE WHEN IT'S GOING TO STOP. THE THING IS I SUCK ON BIRTHCONTROL, I TRIED THE MIRENA IUD N I STOPPED BLEEDING FOR THE ENTIRE TIME I HAD IT (LIKE 2 YRS) BUT THEN HAD TO GET IT REMOVED BECAUSE I HAD CYSTS AND POLYPS THAT NEEDED TO BE SURGICALLY REMOVED. HONESTLY, IT HURT LIKE HELL TIO GET THAT MIRENA ON, BUT WAY BETTER CHOICE, 5YRS BIRTH CONTROL, NO BLEEDING.


iF I AM GOING TO BLEED LIKE THIS I WANT IT OFF, ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH ITS COSTS ON AVERAGE TO TAKE IT OUT?

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

Hiya, I had the implanon put in 3 months ago and I have bled for all 3 months nonstop. My periods are no longer as heavy as they used to be but bleeding every day of the month is not my idea of a great contraceptive. I have booked to have it removed tomorrow. Will be trying the Mirena next. The implant is not what I thought it would it be.

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had Implanon inserted about 5 weeks ago. From week 1-2 I had no problems, period stopped as normal and no abnormal bleeding. However after 2 weeks a brown discharge started, like spotting. This has continued every single day for 3 weeks. My period was due last week and did not arrive.
I'd like to know has anyone experienced this prolonged spotting and is there any chance it may go away after three months when my body gets used to the changes??

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Kirstie22 said...

Hey, Can someone give me their opinion? I've had the implant a year and 4 months now. During the first few months I had one period and then nothing. Then, about 5days ago I suddenly start feeling really sick and just thinking of food makes me want to throw up, and then 3 days ago I came onto my period again. What's wrong with me? Am I pregnant? :\

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Kirstie22 said...

In response to the anonymous with the really long post, if your boyfriend doesn't respect you enough to not have sex with you when you say no, then he doesn't seem worth it! Guys just don't understand how periods make us feel, they only think of themselves. And also, you should talk to your doctor about the other situations! x

 
At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

iv had implanon for about 6 months now and the frist couple months i didnt bleed at all but then about a little over 3 months ago i started bleeding like a regular period (not spotting) and havent stopped yet so is this normal or should i get it removed i was thinking of removing it but would like a secound opinion

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate this thing I have been bleeding for going on 9 months

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

I'm 19 years old and thinking about getting implanon. However, I've seen multiple things about non-stop bleeding. I don't mind having an occasional or irregular period, since that's what i'm dealing with now anyways, but non-stop bleeding would be hell and really expensive to buy the feminine products all the time. Does anyone know how common non-stop bleeding actually is? I also read that implants like this are the most effective form of birth control. is this true?

 
At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the one who said that I had the fourth implanon inserted last July 2010 and had itchiness over the site. My upper arm hasn't been itchy for a couple of months now thank goodness. Also, I haven't bled for few months either. Just to let others know that it does get better

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Lucia said...

To the 19 year old,

It is one of the most effective contraceptions, something like 99.9% effective. Pretty much the only way you can get pregnant on it is, from either being pregnant before it was put in, not having it inserted correctly, it breaking or going on anti-biotics which affect the hormones it releaes.

I would suggest you get it. Its not the same for every woman and you'll only know what it is like for you until you try it.
The people who implanon has worked really well for wouldnt be on the internet complaining about problems.

It should be expected your bleeding will be affected for at least 3months after insertion.

But I did read that after a year, 70% of women lose thier periods all together.

But everythings not happy happy, i had it inserted a month ago and am constantly bleeding but im a strong believer in letting my body ajust, im giving it three months to ajust and if the bleeding continues i'll get something from my doctor to regulate it.
After all, it is the most reliable form of birth control in my opinion, I wouldnt be happy on anything else because theres always the constant worry in the back of your mind.

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All i wanna know is,

DID ANYONE HERE HAVE CONSTANT BLEEDING AT THE START AND AFTER THE THREE MONTHS OR ANY PERIOD OF TIME THE BLEEDING STOP?

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i got the implanon in at the start of july 2010 and it was great for the fist 2 months. i couldnt take the pill cause i would bleed when taking it and not bleed when i didnt which totally defeated the purpose. anyway i have been bleeding for 4 months now and i am starting to feel the strain of my 2 year relationship, it makes me feel horrible all the time, everything you usually get when on you period, grump, depressed,its really not that great. i am going to see if i can get it removed soon but now dont know what kind of contraceptive i should get, any ideas??

 
At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

heyy,so i have had depo for one year and then i got off that and was put on the implanon. i love it exept i havent had a period sence i was on depo no spotting or anything for about two years is that normal??

 
At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everyone reacts differently to different forms of birth control. I just had implanon put in today. I recently had my 2nd child.

Before I had kids I was on depo, i absolutely loved it, I did not have my period for 2 years. Stopped taking it because of the bone loss thing. After my 1st kid I started on depo again thinking I wouldnt get my period. Oh no, i bled constantly for the whole 6 months I was on it.

Ok, so depo isnt implanon (it may be the same hormone?) but it just shows that birth control can act differently even in the same person but at different times.

 
At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has really helped to read this so i feel i should also contribute.we all seem to react differently to implanon but my personal experiance is...

i had A LOT of breakthrough bleeding on the pill and was reccomended this by my Dr as a way to stop the bleeding. All i have done since its been put in 3 months ago is have a non stop but light period / spotting.

sometimes i get a little break when im not very active but i do alot of exercise and always bleed after that. also, having sex starts off the bleeding again as well. as many of you have said, its a dark brown colour.

i dont get any pain but i have noticed ive got alot more spots on my face and shoulders. i havnt had spots like it since i was 16, im now 25

i am currently living abroad and dont want to pay a fortune to get it removed so i am going to give it until May (6/7 months)

due to bleeding non stop and much heavier on the pill anyway i am willing to give it a go.

 
At 3:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the implant for just over a year. After 4 months I had 9 months of continual bleeding which the doctors could find nothing wrong with me. I was actually given wrong advice from the doctor about going on it, and friends of mine have had simular problems. Therefore I wouldnt recommend it as a contraceptive and the pill is a lot better. Also my mood swings were extremely bad on the implant compared to the pill and my period cramps were terrible, causing more problems than the pill!

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not recommend Implanon to anyone, I have had mine for 2 years now, for the past 8 months I've been on a constant period, weight gain, back ache, mood swings, bad skin, I've asked 2 GP's to remove it who both said no. I had to be referred to a Gyno, as they thought it was something else causing the problems. 2 months to get an appointment ant the gyno said I needed it removed. I have since moved, and my new GP can't remove them. This is the most hassle Contraception, wish I never had it done. It works as it stops your sex life.

 
At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on the implanon for 2 years now. and ive been using doxycycline for awhile now also. so does that affect my implant?

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question will i be able to take a shower with the little white tape thing still on cause idk if its okay or not

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

I am 19 and I got the Implanon July 2010. Before i got the Implanon i was on the shot for 4 years. when i was on the shot i didnt bleed at first but then after having it for a month i would bleed for months at a time. After about 6 months i stopped bleeding and i never had spotting or a period again even after being off the shot for a year. Now i am on the Implanon and i started bleeding in september and it is now Feb 26 and i am still bleeding not heavy bleeding but spotting as to where i need to wear panty liners every day. i am away at school and my university doctor doesnt use this birth control but i was able to call my OBGYN at home and she said that the bleeding was normal and that birth control has different effacts on different people. Even tho the bleeding is irritating sometimes because i have to buy pads and panty liners now and i didnt have to before i love not having to remember to take a pill, or worry about my patch fallin off (first method of birth control), or finding a doctor who gives the shot or has it in stoke because my school is in a small town. I WOUDLD RECOMMEND THE IMPLANON TO ANYONE who wants an easy way of taking/getting birth control and i will be back in 3 years getting another one put in. I love this product and im glad my doctor told me about this product. my only trouble is in the bleeding but all birth controls give you irragular bleeding but as ive been reading up on the Implanon i have read that the bleeding will stop in a bout a year or 2 or with in 2nd Implanon so im keeping my fingers crossed

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 8:09, yes you can, leave it on for a couple days
i also have questions,
it is now the 27th of the second 2011 & ive had mine in since the 28th november 2010, & i got my period once for roughly two weeks & nothing since but now im getting blood, mostly it seems old but there will be fresh spotting, for the past few days-week can anyone tell me what this is ? or offer theories?
falloutboy.94@hotmail.com, any suggestions from people who've experienced the bar would be great thankyou

 
At 3:47 AM, Anonymous christiana said...

OMG I just got it put in january 2011 my cycle came on around the 21st of febuary & it is now march 3 & im still bleeding! I cnt take this my cycle has never lasted more then 5 days! I THINK THE ONLY REASON IT WORKS IS BECAUSE U CNT HAVE SEX TO GET PREGNANT BECAUSE YOU ARE ALWAYS BLEEDING!!!! I think im gonna get it taken out if the bleeding doesn't stop! i should have just gotten my tubes tied :)

 
At 3:10 AM, Blogger Poodle And The Scooter Diaries said...

My 28 y.o girlfriend had the rod inserted about 7 months ago..and didnt have a period until recently. Now she has cramps and is bleeding a fair bit! What should she do?

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Coco said...

I've had the Implanon for two years and ever since I had it inserted haven't had a period. but now Im having brown residue, I looked on the internet and it said that its can happen in between periods. but I don't have periods... ?

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

Hi, I have had the implanon since October 2008 and it has been working really well up until now. I never had a period, but on the 15th of Feb I got my period and it hasn't stopped yet. How can I stop the bleeding cause I am going to see my boyfriend, who I only get to see very rarely as we're doing distance and I really don't want to be having my period. What can I do to stop it just for that time? I am also living in South Africa, and I would REALLY like to get it removed but no doctors have heard about it. Any suggestions would really help me right now.

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My girlfriend has had implanon in for about four weeks now. On friday night, due to her suffering cramps and stomach pains for a day or two, we got a pregnanc test and to our surprise, she was five weeks pregnant and had conceived the week before the implanon was inserted. However -sunday, two days after the test, she began bleeding a bit that morning, which slowed and stopped through the day, and also some stomach pains/cramps. We're now worried that this was a miscarriage, though she hasn't bled since sunday afternoon and no more pains either. Should we be worried? I've read about miscarriages during implanon. We want it removed first thing tomorrow.

 
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay so i have had the implant now for 2 and a half years and for the first few months i bled a lot, however since then there has been nothing. I've been living in the Alpes in France for 4 months now and thought the altitude may have affected the implant but there were no differences. Yesterday i bled and had tender breasts for about 2 weeks previous to that. Im worried it will go back to being a non-stop bled for the rest of my time in France and that i may have done something to aggrivate it. Does anyone know what i should do or who i could talk to to reassure me or to tell me to remove the implant.. Thanks!!

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger lopez_vashti said...

I recently got the Implanon in Feb. of 2011 i have had it for almost 3 months now and i havent had any pain whatsoever the only problem has been the bleeding!! i have been bleeding for 15 days straight!! Whats the point in having a birthcontrol device that doesnt allow u to have sex??? Im seriously having second thoughts!

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE the implanon :(
I have had it for 2 years now and bleed EVERY SINGLE DAY SINCE DAY ONE!
I AM IN HELL! I have gained so much weight, i am afraid to have it taken out because my arms are so huge now!
I'm moody every day, deppressed, and feel like a lost cause. Sex life went down the drain funnily enough considering this was to make sex more enjoyable, well it did everything but.

 
At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, iam 17 years old and got the implanon on 1/20/11. I got my period that very same day. I was bleeding for 3 weeks straight before i went to my doctor. He said the bleeding should stop within six weeks after i had gotten the implanon.Sure enough 7 and a half weeks later the bleeding stopped.The bleeding was light but just overall annoying. it has been about two weeks after the bleeding stopped, and i started spotting. Overall the implanon has been an okay BC method. Iam going to wait the full six months and then decide if i will keep it or get it removed.

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok well i had the Implanon put in 12-17-2010 anmd i stop having a period and all of a sudden know im bleeding and its been straight for a month what is wrong with me.???

 
At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

04-04-11
I have had implanon for almost 5 months and at least 4 of those 5 months I have bled! I lost my baby weight immediately after having my 6month old son but as soon as I had the implanon put in I started picking up weight, so far I have gained 20 lbs and have acne as if I were still a teenager! I have moodswings out of this world! *As bad as it's been for me I feel worse for my husband! his wife is fat, has acne, can't have sex(because of the bleeding and irritation from the hormonal embalance) and is mean to him for no reason!* I'm having this thing removed Wednesday!

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on the implanon from 19-1-2011 and since then I have not stopped bleeding from the first period. First I was on my period for 1 1/2 weeks then had 1 week off then got it again then for 2 weeks. I have now since my last period been bleeding close to 4 weeks. Would really love it if it stopped.

 
At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am now on my 3rd implant, my first 2 i never had any bleeding at all, now i am on this 3rd one since feb i am more or less bleeding non stop!! with just a few days between it, is really getting me down but scared to go and have it taken out as my arm is such a mess already and last time was painful! argh!!

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Meghan said...

Hi, I had the Implanon put in 6 weeks after I had my first child, so Ive had it about a month and a half now, well the first 2 months I was breastfeeding so I had no period whatsoever and had to put him on formula, anyways, this is my first period since and I am now on day 15 of my period, it was really heavy at first and has slowed down but there is still no sign of it stopping, is this normal at all and what can I do to help?

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I came on here because after getting implanon I've been on my period for two straight weeks. I've never in my life had a period lasting more than 5 days, so I was hoping to see everyone say something like "the bleeding stops after two weeks."

I'm now officially terrified from seeing you women who've been on your period for months on end! I only got the implant about a month and a half ago, so I suppose I should wait a few more months before I start to worry. The only problem is that I'm so scared it isn't going to stop for those months I have to wait!

I had my second son in January and I had to take iron supplements during and after my pregnancy because I was at high risk of developing iron deficiency anemia. I'm wondering if all this bleeding is going to bring that back, especially if it doesn't stop soon.

I was trying to avoid contacting my doctor about this, but it seems I'm going to have to if it doesn't go away soon. I really appreciate everyone sharing their experiences on here. It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this.

I saw someone said their doctor told them the bleeding would taper off and regulate after a few months. I was told the same thing by the doctor I was referred to in order to get the implant, so I guess now I know what to really expect!

I always forget to take the pill and after having two kids my memory has only gotten worse. I'm not trying to have to take any pills to regulate my period while on this thing.

Well, thanks again to everyone for sharing.

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous amy said...

i will have the implanton a year in june and i have not stopped bleedding is thid normal?

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger tayler said...

I got Implanon in August of 2009 and I had one period in the year of 2010 but now I have had a period since From March 26 2011 and it stopped for two days then I now have my period again. I really want to know how to stop my period and I was told getting Implanon was a way to stop it and at first it showed great potential but now I find myself tired and wiped out. Along with my period I have all the symptoms I am wondering why now after a year and a half it started to react with my body this way. If there is anything you could tell me please e-mail me: taylerbrady@gmail.com

 
At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the 19 year old from before that had the Implanon put in July 2010 and for the first couple of months i didnt bleed then around september i started spotting almost everyday. It is now April 25,2011 and I havent had any spotting in almost 3 weeks. I love the Implanon and will be gettin another one put in 2013. All i can honestly say is all birth control is different and everyone has different effects to them because i know someone who has the Implanon and had it for 2 years and hasnt had a period or spotting at all. You just have to find the right one for you.

 

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