08/06/2020

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Implant

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'5"/165cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

As someone who struggles with taking pills, I find the implant to be a useful alternative, since its a “get it and forget it” method of contraception. That said, the first time I had it, I lasted just under a year before I got it removed. The weight gain, depression, decreased sex drive and spotting randomly were my worst symptoms. I took a break for a couple of years and really tried with the combined pill but I couldnt get the timings right or I’d completely forget it. This time with the rod, I’ve had no periods, nor any spotting. My weight did rise a bit at the start but I’ve gone back down to my “normal” pre implant weight with some extra exercise on top of my normal amount as well as eating well. As for moods, it’s low again but I’ve got it under control with my doctor. As I’ve outlined, it does have some pretty nasty effects for some people, but every body is different and there’s no way to know how it will affect a person, even if you’ve had it multiple times.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Dizziness

Migraines

Aura symptoms

Tender breasts

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Better skin

Spots or acne

Back pain

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Womb cramps

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