I've had the birth control implanon in my arm for about 3-4 months and everything has been great except recently I've been getting pains. I went to my doctors and she reassured me it was okay because I wasn't swollen or red... but that seems strange to me, because the day after the visit I noticed its bruised slightly where the rod is. There is still pain and sometimes it goes to my hand as well. I am VERY cautious about these minor things after having complications with every other birth control. Has anyone else experienced this??
Implanon can sometimes bruise if manipulated-it is a little plastic stick inserted under the skin into the subcutaneous fat tissue. Sometimes scar tissue can form around the Implanon device and may cause discomfort when the scar tissue gets pulled or stretched when moving the muscle. If there is no redness or swelling this indicates there is no infammation or infection in the area. Just keep an eye on it. If it does become inflammed, let your Dr know right away, otherwise it is probably nothing to worry over.
I have had this birth control for about two years, and everything has been fine, however now I am having the same problem. It isn't severe pain, but it is still uncomfortable and achey-ish. I haven't went to the doctor yet, but I am going to demand this implant to be taken out, cause it is worrying me. It does hurt to move my arm in certain directions and my hand goes numb from time to time.
I know I am responding to this thread well after it was posted, but I had my implant placed on January 23, 2015 and a few months into having it, (well after the injection site had healed) I started getting aching pains right around the implant. It doesn't happen all the time but when it does it lasts a while (hours - a day or so). It is quite a serious ache, just like a muscle ache you might get, but I can tell that this is definitely coming from the implant. It is definitely very annoying as well as painful. On days that this happens, I just try to rest my arm and use it sparingly. The poster who said that the muscle pulling at the scar tissue that has formed around the implant (although I can't feel any scar tissue, and can feel the implant itself quite easily under my skin) is what causes the aching pains is most likely correct as that completely makes sense.
And if this is the case then really this is not a major (ie-health threatening) effect and may be able to be tolerated if the benefits of having the implant outweighs the bad for any particular user.
Another major side effect I have had is the complete absence of my period (February was the last time I had one at all, and it is now almost July). Most women do not like this particular side effect and have had the implant removed because of it. In my case, this is one major reason WHY I opted for the implant over pills, etc. I will put up with the aching because of the (in my opinion) wonderful side effect of no longer having my period!
- Implanon Information for Consumers
- Implanon Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Implanon (detailed)
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