21/08/2019

Nexplanon

Implant

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'4"/162.5cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Bad periods / terrible removal experience: The implant really messed with my periods. They stopped altogether for six months, and then I had six months of constant, light bleeding – enough that I had to use some form of sanitary protection every day (I had to stop using tampons as everyday use was incredibly irritating for me internally). Insertion was a very easy, trauma-free procedure for me – not including the time I spent waiting to be seen at the clinic, the procedure took about 5 minutes and was completely painless. I enjoyed not having to worry about taking contraception every day, but I did experience some vaginal dryness – however this did coincide with a low point in my relationship at the time so I’m not sure whether that can be blamed entirely on the implant… I had a very bad experience with removal. Firstly, in my experience it is difficult to get an appointment to remove an implant – while most doctors and GUM clinics will insert an implant, only certain kinds of nurses are able to remove them and it took me months to get an appointment. By the time I was able to get an appointment, I had been completely fed up with the implant for about 4 months. I was told it was a simple procedure that only takes 5 minutes and that I would need a local anaesthetic for it. The process took nearly an hour, and I had to be re-injected twice during the removal as I started to feel what was happening in my arm. It was uncomfortable, I bled a lot, and it made me feel upset to have a doctor and a nurse clamping my arm down and struggling to wrench something out of my muscle. I wish that I had been told beforehand that removal would be (1) difficult to arrange and (2) potentially traumatic. I understand that GPs don’t want to alarm people but it is important that people know the risks. I did not and will not use the implant again.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
Irregular periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

Womb cramps

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

Felt a little hormonal immediately after removal but largely fine – periods went back to normal fairly quickly.

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