21/08/2019

Nexplanon

Implant

1/5

About the reviewer

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

Experience

From two days after I got the implant inserted I bled. Constantly. For over a year. I let it in because I knew I categorically couldn’t get pregnant if I was bleeding that much and a pregnancy would have been catastrophic for me at the time. In the end I bled so much that I became moderately anaemic and the blood was just coming out in dry black clumps. My GP tried several remedies including isolated month courses of the pill and even tranexamic acid (a drug to stop uterine bleeding) which would only work for a couple of days at a time. The site where it was inserted was always tender and my mood was pretty low (though that may have been more situational that hormonal- bleeding all the time isn’t fun!).

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Vaginal dryness

Thrush

Impact after using

Mood
Very positively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

I got the implant taken out and an IUD put in on the same day. Within a week all the bleeding had stopped and my periods returned to normal (a bit heavier because of the IUD).

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