19/04/2021

Nexplanon

Implant

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
No
Height
5'3"/160cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Having it put in was uncomfortable and that night, trying to sleep once the anaesthetic wore off was difficult. I had it removed after nearly two years because of highly irregular periods – I was on my period at one point for over 9 weeks. Having it removed was fine, very quick and not as bad as having it put in. It did negatively impact my mood, I gained weight, my breasts were swollen and tender all the time. Apart from the convenience of not having to take a pill every day, there were no positives for me. Also, after coming off, my weight dropped back to normal but I also experienced hair loss/thinning.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Increased body hair

Dark body hair

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

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

No effects

Better skin

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Experience after taking

I knew I made the right decision when my periods returned to normal straight away. I lost the weight I gained, my skin cleared up, I only experience breast tenderness around my period now. My sex drive improved massively, and so did my mood, I was more myself than I’d felt in a long time. The only issue I’ve experienced is hair loss since having it removed, which is devastating and they should tell you it’s a potential side effect beforehand! I had super thick hair, and it’s so thin and limp now :( happened in the 4 months after having it removed.

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