26/06/2019

Nexplanon

Implant

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'3"/160cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I got the implant before I went travelling for 15 months. I was drawn to the long-term method for convenience, knowing I didn’t have to worry about do take a pill or finding a doctor to refill my prescription. I also had a friend who said her periods completely stopped which would have been incredibly helpful for hiking & camping! I have to say getting the implant put in by my GP was almost pain-free, and an easy procedure. My other option was the marina coil, but I know the cramps can be intense. My body took well to the implant, regulated itself and actually didn’t bleed for the first 3-4 months. But after that time my periods came back. They were much lighter than on the pill, but irregular and so frequent there were some points where they were almost constant. Thankfully I had access period products and care, but it took its toll on my sex life.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
I can't tell
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
Irregular periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Thrush

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
2 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

Spots or acne

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

I went back into the contraceptive pill Loestrin, so cannot say fully what it was like to come of the implant completely, as any changes could equally be due to the impact of the alternative method. My periods regulated back to every 3 days for every 21-25 days which is much more manageable. Immediately they were much heavier but they have stabilised over time. My skin also has improved over time but I believe that is due to a combination of the pill and changed skincare. We wouldn’t be able to identify exactly what the cause was. My sex drive also went back up! This might be due to the reduced anxiety of always being on my period, but sex felt more enjoyable too!

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