User Reviews for Implanon to treat Birth Control
Implanon has an average rating of 6.1 out of 10 from a total of 1582 reviews for the treatment of Birth Control. 45% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 30% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Implanon
"I'm posting after reading all the negative side effects of Implanon. I had Implanon inserted over a month ago and have not had any terrible side effects. I had light spotting the second week. I noticed food cravings but it is nothing unbearable. Before starting Implanon I had begun weight watchers and an exercise routine, I've been sticking with it and have continued to lose weight while on Implanon. The insertion process was not a big deal either, the lidocaine pinched but after that the only feeling was pressure during insertion. Slight bruising and tenderness after but only for a a few days. I hope this post reaches out to someone because I almost backed out last minute due to all of the negative posts on this product."
"I honestly LOVE Implanon! I am a worry wort and not worrying with the monthly pregnancy scare has been fabulous. I have mood swings (but I've always been hormonal). I almost chickened out after reading online reviews but I'm glad I didn't. No weight gain. No acne. Slight bleeding. Highly recommended by me. "
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- When will I get my first period after inserting the Implanon implant?
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"I have one child and I always knew that I didn't want to have children so close together for the sake of my sanity! I'm not good with remembering pills so after a few scares I decided to give Implanon a try. Insertion was a breeze! My arm was sore for about a week afterwards, and then my arm usage was all back to normal. I haven't had ANY bleeding, dischagres, weight gain, lost of sex drive, headaches, etc. In fact I had a lost appetite, increased sex drive, and wonderful sex life knowing that babies wont evolve. I would recommend this product to anyone BUT I always say that everything is not the same for everyone."
"I have had the Implanon since June 8th 2010. It was great at first but after 4 weeks I started bleeding and have been for nearly 3 months. It was light and now its bright red and at times like a period and clotting. But it hasn't killed my sex drive or caused me to gain any weight. Just has caused constant bleeding. Any one else experienced this?"
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"I have read reviews below and noticed most people find those with low rating helpful. We should all remember that this is a birth control method and goes against nature. There will definitely be side effects and there is nothing that works the same for everyone. We all have different experiences and would like to write some more about the good things. I had mine inserted in March this year and can not be happier. I have used the pill and the IUD before. While on the pill, I got pregnant. I decided to use the IUD afterward. Took it out because I would bleed heavily for 2 weeks every month. With Implanon, I have not had my periods, no weight gain. Got some cramping and low libido, but I can live with it. Oh, and I am not pregnant. Give it a try."
"I LOVE my Implanon. Insertion was quick and pain-free. The bruising only lasted a week or two. I had one week of very very light spotting, and a few headaches. Tylenol fixed the headaches. I haven't had that problem in a month or so. I breastfeed, and did not notice any change in my supply. No weight gain or appetite side effects, either. In fact, I am starting to lose my baby weight now. I would definitely get this birth control again!!! I will have it removed and replaced with another Implanon when this one runs out. Remember, almost all of the reviews are negative because the only people that want to write about it are the ones who don't like it. There's lots of people who love it, too."
"December 1 2008, I had the Implanon inserted and have had problems since. I have mood swings like crazy. I am now taking depression and anxiety pill because they think it was postpartum depression. It's not though. I have been snapping at my 7 month old son and husband. I was admitted to green leaf since they thought I was a danger to my family. Turned out that the Implanon is causing this. I cry all the time for no reasons and I am now taking depression and anxiety pills. I bleed all the time. The Implanon has been hurting since I had it done, I have gained 25lbs because of this as well. I am taking it out this week for the sake of me and my family."
"Love this birth control. Please don't read all the negativity- every medicine has POSSIBLE side effects and the people who deal with those are more common to blog about it than the ones who have no issues with it. I've had it for 2.5 years and I've never had any issues and side effects. Some of my friends have also gotten it and love it just as much as I do!"
"I got mine put in in January of 08. I got pretty heavy periods for about 6 months after. I haven't used a tampon since, mini pads work just fine. I get it roughly every%uFEFF 8 weeks. Sometimes if it goes too long, I have taken a pregnancy test to make sure, all negative. I really don't like people making negative comments when they had it in less than a week. It's not instantaneous, you have to give your body time to adjust. The Implanon itself doesn't hurt, it hasn't pained me since the first few days. I have had NONE of these symptoms, any weight gain was from unhealthy eating habits. I do not bleed constantly, not stressed, crazy or depressed."
"I just got my Implanon implanted on Friday, after being on the Depo shot for 3 years. Very simple. The anxiety is the worst part. It took about 15 minutes to actually prep/insert. I consider myself moderatly tolerant to pain and needles - the numbing part hurt a bit but I couldn't feel him doing the implant at all and the doctor made the comment "you have tough skin". I have just a small bruise and a tiny hole - no stiches, just a bandaid and cover the same as when you donate blood."
"I have had 2 implants, the first one was fine I would get my period maybe 3 times a year and very light, so once I removed I got a new one, has been a little more than 2 years I have gain 5 kg I exercise a lot, started doing 16 hours fasting and stopped eating meat even after all I haven’t lost any weight, but then it comes the worst part. Since I got the new one I have my period all the time, sometimes for 3 to 4 weeks straight. For the past 5 months my boyfriend and friends have been warning me about my mood swings. For the past 4 months I feel a horrible anxiety something I never had before and now after my long period I have sad thoughts coming into my mind out of nowhere, I cry over nothing and I just don’t understand where this sadness is coming from. Once I started researching about I read so many comments of similar situations and decided I’m getting it removed next week. I do not recommend this, the depression that puts you in and no one tells you about it !"
"I thought this birth control would be the perfect fit for me since I always forgot to take the pill. I had it inserted in October 2014. Since then I have already gained 20 pounds. Nothing about my life or the way I eat has changed so I knew it was the Implanon. When it was first put in my arm was bruised for a week and very sensitive to touch. I have had very clear skin before using this and my face has begun to break out. I'm only 20 so I'm very insecure to go to the beach this summer with my face and body looking like this. Also my sex drive has gone down tremendously. Which is hurting my relationship. The only plus side is not having a period at all. I would spot here and there in the beginning but it went away and I do not spot anymore."
"I have been on implanon for a year now. There are some goods and bads to using it. The good things are you don't bleed every month and you don't have to worry about getting pregnant. The bads are you have less sex desire, stressed, increase appetite, and my biggest problem is weight gain. I have gained 20lbs so far."
"Beware and do extended research on Implanon before you get it. If you’ve found this forum, I’m proud of you. Doctors and first initial “implanon” google searches do not yield all side effects. After I had the implanon inserted I had intense mood swings of immense sadness and unnecessary anger towards loved ones. After 3 months the mood swings settled down to constant depression and anxiety. It took me 8 months to connect the dots of side effects to Implanon, the 10kg weight gain, the mental illness, the COMPLETE AND UTTER LOSS OF LIBIDO, and loss is of any natural lubrication (“getting wet”) on the odd chance that I did want to have sex with my fiancé. This was huge for me and caused a lot of insecurity because my body simply wouldn’t respond to sexual advances, even things that usually always turn me on. I feel numb most days. Last week I went in my GP to get it removed, she said no. She wouldn’t remove it because I’m a 20 year old. I’m going back in today to demand it be removed."
"So I got my Implanon inserted about a month ago. When I went to get it I was expecting the worst. I imagined getting every side effect imaginable, but it's been four weeks and nothing! I was due for my period, but that has yet to start. My sex drive has gone wild and now my boyfriend can't even keep up. I have no pains or bleeding or headaches. No acne and not even a scar from it. I actually enjoy poking it in my arm when I'm thinking. My moods have actually stabilized and I no longer get random menstrual cramps throughout the month. Personally, I LOVE IT. Even though I'm only a month in I already plan on getting another 3 years from now."
"I am new to the Implanon, I just had it inserted a few days ago. So far, so good. I've had mood swings but that's because I am a WOMAN. What really concerned me was the reviews. These ladies are telling horrible stories about their experience with the Implanon. What they don't seem to understand is that EVERY birth control effects EVERY woman differently. I wanted to make this post to let the ladies who aren't sure about the Implanon because of some other stuff they've seen online not to let that make your decision for you. The best thing you can do it talk to your doctor, not go off of someone else's review."
"I had Implanon inserted in December 08. I have only great things to say about it! About a month after it was inserted I had slight break through bleeding for about seven days. Other than that I haven't had any bleeding and have felt fine. No mood swings (that I am aware of). I feel great and it works GREAT!"
"I love the Implanon, 100% effective. I get no periods. The only downhill is that in the 2 years I've being using it I gained at least 45 pounds which sucks because I tried everything to lose the weight but nothing seems to work for me. I have my appointment for removal on the 31st of December. "
"I have had Implanon since March 2008 and the main side effects that I have are periods that are long lasting from 10 to 21 days, no libido/sex drive, and mood swings. My partner complains because I'm frequently on my period, which can be very frustrating."
"I have had the Implanon implant for about a month now and not long after I got it, I have read reviews that really scared me because a lot of the people had bad side effects such as non-stop bleeding and mood swings, etc. About 2 weeks after I got the implant I had a period for about 4 days and then I was spotting for a week after that and then it stopped and so far I haven't had anything. I love the fact that I don't have to take a pill everyday and when I was on the pill, I forgot to take it a lot. Luckily I didn't get pregnant. I love this thing and recommend it to anyone who asks. Hopefully everything stays the way it is, but so far so good. The insertion was painless, so if you want a good birth control Implanon is the way to go."
"I highly recommend trying Implanon. I'm really shocked to read all of the bad side effects. If I would have read these reviews before getting Implanon, I would not have chosen this birth control method. I'm so glad I did though! I have had no negative side effects with Implanon. I've had it since Feb '09 and I love it. I still get a period but it's random and the bleeding varies. At first my period got lighter but recently it got heavier and lasted for about 5-7 days. I'm not good at keeping track of my periods though. I must add that this is a very convenient (for us forgetful women) and A VERY EFFECTIVE form of birth control. I have a lot of sex with my boyfriend and we use no other form of protection and I have never gotten pregnant."
"Its been almost a year since I got it and I haven't gone a full week WITHOUT bleeding. I have gained 15lbs in 7 months, very depressed, moody, bad cramps, headaches, muscle aches, weakness, digestive problems. The list goes on. I thought it was all in my head, so I'm glad I found these reviews because I am now going to get it removed!"
"I have been on this for about 2 years, I barely get any periods mostly just spotting, no weight gain, you don't have to think about it but every other three years, and it just goes in your arm. I think it's the best birth control out there for now. I think it is perfect for me but everyone's body will react differently."
"Got it in the beginning of the year. Everything was good for about a month. Then I started bleeding constantly. Haven't had a break from bleeding for about 2 months now. Spent almost as much money for pads/tampons as I did for the out of pocket money for the implant. Hot and cold flashes are terrible. Still have period cramps. Only thing it's done good for is preventing pregnancy and it hasn't made me gain weight. Definitely getting it taken out though just so the bleeding will stop and everything will go back to normal."
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"I was very nervous about trying Implanon after reading all the negative reviews, but went ahead with it anyway. The procedure was quick and practically painless. The spot was tender for a few days and I did have an ugly bruise and now a tiny scar, but nothing that is too terrible. I started Implanon while I was on my period, which lasted for about 21/2 weeks, give or take. But the bleeding was minimal and it wasn't too bad. Then after that period ended, nothing. I haven't had a period since I had the device inserted in December of 09. I haven't noticed any weight gain or unusual moodiness. This has been the best birth control I've ever been on. My advice, give it a chance. Don't let the negative reviews scare you away!"