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Reviews for Implanon to treat Birth Control
Review by amber03 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I started this birth control in February 2012. The numbing stuff hurt just like a normal shot, but after that I could just feel her touching my arm nothing else. For about a week later my arm was bruised and slightly sore when I lifted things, but nothing bad. My arm is fine now, just a tiny scar and of course you can feel the tiny implant in your arm when touched. I think its awesome! I had spotting for a few days the very next month, but I haven't had any bleeding or spotting since them. I have gained maybe five pounds since starting this, but also haven't been keeping up on working out or eating healthy so who knows which it's from. No mood swings or loss in sex drive. Everything is great and its awesome to not have any pregnancy worries.
I've had Implanon for about 9 months now. The insertion was pretty painful because the numbing medicine wasn't working and I got a nasty bruise. After I had it put in I haven't had a period and it's actually calmed my mood swings. The only negative is my skin is breaking out as if I'm a teenager going through puberty again.
Review by rachaeldawn12 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I've had the implanon for 7 months now. I've wanted it out since the first month but listened to my ob when she said I just needed to let my body adjust to it. Well I've been in 3 times since then and every time they have some excuse as to why they can't take it out. It has made me so sad and depressed. I am moody, no libido and sleep at least 12 hours a day. I just want my old self back.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I received Implanon in March 2012. I bled for about 2 weeks, and nothing since. No weight gain. Mood swings happen around the same time each month (like PMS) and it's like my body is saying Hey you are suppose to be having a period. After a few days that goes away. I think this is the best form of birth control. I took the pills and had an IUD before. The IUD was better than the pills but the IUD caused problems with sex. The Implanon causes me no problems at all. Highly recommend!
I got the Implanon about 6 months ago and love it! I had 1 light period the week after I got it and nothing since. The only side effect I have is itching. It always seem to have a deep itch around it but no biggie. Your doctor can take it out early if it isn't working for you.
I have been on the Implanon for almost two years, I'm getting it replaced and putting in a new one sometime in January. I absolutely love it, I don't get my period for months at a time, my longest one was two months. When I do get it, it is the same I've always bled in the beginning of it, and after the first week or so it's nothing but a light bleeding if hardly any at all. I would recommend it, but you also have to take into consideration that any birth control affects people differently depending on how your body reacts to it. I love it, and have gotten scared about pregnancy since I had my daughter in March of 2010, but that's only from not getting it for months at a time. I haven't gotten pregnant when I should have. I love it.
I have been on this birth control for approximately 6 months; I love not having to take pills everyday, for I am forgetful when it come to that. I read reviews, they scared me but at this point I do not think I am been affected by any of the bad symptoms of this birth control. I have not noticed any weight gain, I can still fit into all of my clothes :D nor have I noticed depression or moodiness. However, I think acne is a tiny issue, nothing major; my skin seems oily but this could be from the summer heat. Should I not gain weight with this, which is my biggest fear, I'll probably get it again after my 3 years are up.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I will start off by saying that everyone reacts differently to Implanon. I had mine inserted a little less than a year ago. The first few months were what I was told to expect, spotting on and off. At the three month mark I started bleeding badly for two months straight, took a week break then started bleeding again. For the last three months this has calmed down some, however I have started breaking out like a teen all over again. I have also noticed some weight gain and lots of hair loss. Good news? Well it does the job of keeping you un-pregnant.
I was very nervous after hearing all the horror stories but decided to try it anyway. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes it's very quick. The most uncomfortable part is the numbing medication because it burns but it's quick. They use an introducer to place the Implanon under your skin and it's over. I had a bruise in the area and I also experienced slight nausea and dizziness after insertion which ended in a headache but the next day I was fine. My arm was sore for a bit after but it's manageable. Since insertion on June 19th of this year I've had no period or spotting of any kind but keep in mind every woman's body is different.
I have recently taken my Implanon out of my arm. The last three years with it have been a breeze. I absolutely love this birth control. My periods were light the time up until the last couple months, when they were still light, but lasted a couple weeks. We have decided to try for our 4th child so I decided not to replace my Implanon, but after I have a baby, you can bet Implanon is the birth control method I will use.
Review by weightgainacne (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Well let's just say everyone is different when it comes to birth control. That's definitely true. The 2 bad things that are causing me to want to get it out is the acne and weight gain. Within the 1st year I had very few side effects within the second year I gained 14 lbs and now I'm on the last year and afraid I'm only going to gain more. I haven't changed my eating habits at all. I think everyone is different and it doesn't hurt to give it a try. Good luck.
I had my Implanon put in October of 2010 when I was 20. The first 6 months to a year were rough. I never felt like hanging out with my friends, never felt like going to my classes, I gained about 20 lbs, I started getting bad breakouts on my face and back, I had no sex drive AT ALL and always felt tired. It has been almost two years and my breakouts cleared up a lot but I still haven't lost the weight and I still have zero sex drive. My parents, brother, and boyfriend have recently talked to me about getting it out because I'm just not myself like I used to be. I am having it taken out as soon as possible. The reason I kept it for so long is because it's so much easier than taking a pill everyday and I haven't had to pay for birth control.
I have been on Implanon for about a month now, first of all I don't regret getting this type of birth control. It was painless to get put in, and if you are like me and forget to take the pill everyday with Implanon you don't have to worry about it at all. I was really scared when I first got it. I read all these reviews saying it was a terrible product. I have not had any irregular bleeding whatsoever or bloating. Implanon makes you want to eat a lot which is why people complain they gain weight, if you stay eating normally like I have been doing you will only gain about five pounds. The worst part I would have to say, is I always feel very sleepy. I will definitely recommend it.
Review by HollyKatelin24 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
The first few months I was thrilled with the Implanon. I noticed no side effects and I had no period. I did notice a small decrease in sex drive but that was it. About a month ago, I started noticing my hair fall out. It has gotten to very thin on top and it comes out when I'm brushing it, touching it, etc. I think I will be getting it taken out because of the hair loss, my doctor told me there is no way to know when it will stop and I can't afford to lose more hair.
I had Implanon put in over a year ago, March of 2011 (it's August 2012 now.)
-you can forget about it
-No estrogen (I think that messing with that hormone is really not good.)
-It was MUCH cheaper than anything else. I just had to pay my deductible.
-I've had my period for what feels like forever. In the beginning, it was just slightly longer than my normal period and slowly increased to where I'm lucky to have 3 days without it in 3 months
-I've had minor hair thinning, nothing noticeable to others
-I feel more depressed
-I've gotten many more urinary tract infection (probably from such long periods)
-I've gained 35 pounds and cannot seem to lose any of it.
It's good for some and not for others!
I love Implanon. At first I was skeptical because of all the bad reviews plus I have a terrible fear of shots and I hate pain. Well to be very clear it didn't hurt at all. I was surprised. I was previously on the Nuvaring and I hated it because it kept giving me urinary tract infections and I can't keep up with the pills so that's why I decided to do Implanon. I haven't had any irregular bleeding yet or actually I haven't bled any at all and I've been on it for little over a month. No side effects yet and I'm glad I'm covered for three years. Hope this review helps someone else.
Review by Implanon & PCOS (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I had the Implanon implanted Aug 3, 2011. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome in 2006 and was put on a estrogen birth control until I switched to the Implanon. I have gained at least 20 Lbs, feel tired all the time and have no sex drive. I'm cranky almost all the time where I used to be easy to get along with. The PCOS symptoms such as unwanted facial hair seems to have gotten worse since I started Implanon. I had a 7 day period at the end of Aug(2011), bled one day at the end of Sept(2011), 3 day period in the middle of Oct(2011), 4 day period the middle of January(2012) then bled 2 days the following week, and bled 1 day the second week in Aug (2012). The random days I have bled wearing a panty liner sufficed.
I got my Implanon in on June 6th, 2010 and I did not have a period until August and then the period lasted until the end of November. 4 months. It is now August and I have been on my period since the middle of May. I have also lost up near 25/30 pounds while I have had this birth control.
I put my teenage daughter on Implanon 2 months ago and she has had almost non-stop bleeding ever since. The two times the bleeding slowed down to spotting she had horrible cramps after intercourse and started bleeding again.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING; HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I almost chickened out after reading all these negative reviews.. but I'm entirely happy that I got the procedure done. It was quick, simple, and painless. I had bruising around the site for about a week, but it was nothing too noticeable. I was afraid of all the side effects and complications that were listed, but fortunately I did not experience any. If anything, I have been able to lose weight easier, and my mood has increased I feel great, and confident with myself.
I had the Implanon placed in November of 2011. Since then I have been on my period almost non-stop. I am only 20. I had it originally because I was told I would no longer have a period which meant no cramping. Obviously not the case. I am extremely tired. I have also had very very extreme mood swings, anxiety, depression and so on. Most of which did not occur until a couple of months later. For a while I thought I had something seriously wrong with until I read other reviews of people having the same issue. I have always been a very happy, laid back person. But lately I snap on everyone from my boyfriend to family. I am having it removed.
I've had this since January 12 and my period has been off ever since. I get killer headaches. Acne, sore breast and mild cramping but regardless its very helpful because I don't have to do anything like worry about missing a dose. It's still the best birth control I've ever had.
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