Contraception guide

Contraceptive implant

A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method is the implant.

The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It's inserted by a trained professional, such as a doctor, and lasts for three years. 

The implant stops the release of an egg from the ovary by slowly releasing progestogen into your body. Progestogen also thickens the cervical mucus and thins the womb lining. This makes it harder for sperm to move through your cervix, and less likely for your womb to accept a fertilised egg.

At a glance: the implant

  • If implanted correctly, it's more than 99% effective. Fewer than one woman in 1,000 who have the implant as contraception for three years will get pregnant.
  • It's very useful for women who know they don't want to get pregnant for a while. Once the implant is in place, you don't have to think about contraception for three years. 
  • It can be useful for women who can't use contraception that contains oestrogen. 
  • It's very useful for women who find it difficult to take a pill at the same time every day. 
  • If you have side effects, the implant can be taken out. You can have the implant removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly.
  • When it's first put in, you may feel some bruising, tenderness or swelling around the implant. 
  • In the first year after the implant is fitted, your periods may become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer. This usually settles down after the first year. 
  • A common side effect of the implant is that your periods stop (amenorrhoea). It's not harmful, but you may want to consider this before deciding to have an implant. 
  • Some medications can make the implant less effective, and additional contraceptive precautions need to be followed when you are taking these medications (see Will other medicines affect the implant?).
  • The implant does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). By using condoms as well as the implant, you'll help to protect yourself against STIs.

How the implant works

The implant steadily releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream. Progestogen is similar to the natural hormone progesterone, which is released by a woman's ovaries during her period.

The continuous release of progestogen:

  • stops a woman releasing an egg every month (ovulation) 
  • thickens the mucus from the cervix (entrance to the womb), making it difficult for sperm to pass through to the womb and reach an unfertilised egg
  • makes the lining of the womb thinner so that it is unable to support a fertilised egg

You can get contraception at:

  • most GP surgeries
  • community contraception clinics
  • some GUM clinics
  • sexual health clinics
  • some young people's services

Find a clinic near you

The implant can be put in at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you and your doctor are reasonably sure you are not pregnant. In the UK, Nexplanon is the main contraceptive implant currently in use. Implants inserted before October 2010 were called Implanon. Since October 2010, insertion of Implanon has decreased as stocks are used up, and Nexplanon has become the most commonly used implant.

Both types of implant work in the same way, but Nexplanon is designed to reduce the risk of insertion errors and is visible on an X-ray or CT (computerised tomography) scan. There is no need for existing Implanon users to have their implant removed and replaced by Nexplanon ahead of its usual replacement time.

Nexplanon is a small, thin, flexible tube about 4cm long. It is implanted under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area. The small wound made in your arm is closed with a dressing and does not need stitches.

Nexplanon works for up to three years before it needs to be replaced. You can continue to use it until you reach the menopause, when a woman’s monthly periods stop (at around 52 years of age). The implant can be removed at any time by a specially trained doctor or nurse. It only takes a few minutes to remove, using a local anaesthetic.

As soon as the implant has been removed, you will no longer be protected against pregnancy.

When it starts to work

If the implant is fitted during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be immediately protected against becoming pregnant. If it is fitted on any other day of your menstrual cycle, you will not be protected against pregnancy for up to seven days, and should use another method, such as condoms.  

After giving birth

You can have the contraceptive implant fitted after you have given birth, usually after three weeks.

  • If it is fitted on or before day 21 after the birth, you will be immediately protected against becoming pregnant. 
  • If it is fitted after day 21, you will need to use additional contraception, such as condoms, for the following seven days.

It is safe to use the implant while you are breastfeeding.

After a miscarriage or abortion

The implant can be fitted immediately after a miscarriage or an abortion, and you will be protected against pregnancy straight away.

Who can use the implant

Most women can be fitted with the contraceptive implant. It may not be suitable if you:

Advantages and disadvantages of the implant

The main advantages of the contraceptive implant are:

  • it works for three years
  • the implant does not interrupt sex
  • it is an option if you cannot use oestrogen-based contraception, such as the combined contraceptive pill, contraceptive patch or vaginal ring
  • you do not have to remember to take a pill every day
  • the implant is safe to use while you are breastfeeding
  • your fertility should return to normal as soon as the implant is removed
  • implants offer some protection against pelvic inflammatory disease (the mucus from the cervix may stop bacteria entering the womb) and may also give some protection against cancer of the womb
  • the implant may reduce heavy periods or painful periods after the first year of use
  • after the contraceptive implant has been inserted, you should be able to carry out normal activities

Using a contraceptive implant may have some disadvantages, which you should consider carefully before deciding on the right method of contraception for you. These include:

Disrupted periods

Your periods may change significantly while using a contraceptive implant. Around 20% of women using the implant will have no bleeding, and almost 50% will have infrequent or prolonged bleeding. Bleeding patterns are likely to remain irregular, although they may settle down after the first year.

Although these changes are not harmful, they may not be acceptable for some women. Your GP may be able to help by providing additional medication if you have prolonged bleeding.

Other side effects that some women report are:

  • headaches
  • acne
  • nausea
  • breast tenderness
  • changes in mood
  • loss of sex drive

These side effects usually stop after the first few months. If you have prolonged or severe headaches or other side effects, tell your doctor.

Some women put on weight while using the implant, but there is no evidence to show that the implant causes weight gain.

Will other medicines affect the implant?

Some medicines can reduce the implant's effectiveness. These include:

  • medication for HIV
  • medication for epilepsy
  • complementary remedies, such as St John's Wort
  • an antibiotic called rifabutin (which can be used to treat tuberculosis)
  • an antibiotic called rifampicin (which can be used to treat several conditions, including tuberculosis and meningitis)

These are called enzyme-inducing drugs. If you are using these medicines for a short while (for example, rifampicin to protect against meningitis), it is recommended that you use additional contraception during the course of treatment and for 28 days afterwards. The additional contraception could be condoms, or a single dose of the contraceptive injection. The implant can remain in place if you have the injection.

Women taking enzyme-inducing drugs in the long term may wish to consider using a method of contraception that isn't affected by their medication.

Always tell your doctor that you are using an implant if you are prescribed any medicines. Ask your doctor or nurse for more details about the implant and other medication.

Risks of the implant

In rare cases, the area of skin where the implant has been fitted can become infected. If this happens, the area will be cleaned and may be treated with antibiotics.

Where you can get the contraceptive implant

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK. Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include:

  • most GP surgeries – talk to your GP or practice nurse
  • community contraception clinics
  • some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
  • sexual health clinics – they also offer contraceptive and STI testing services
  • some young people’s services (call 0300 123 7123 for more information)

Find your nearest sexual health clinic by searching by postcode or town.

Contraception services are free and confidential, including for people under the age of 16.

If you're under 16 and want contraception, the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won't tell your parents (or carer) as long as they believe you fully understand the information you're given, and your decisions. Doctors and nurses work under strict guidelines when dealing with people under 16. They'll encourage you to consider telling your parents, but they won't make you. The only time that a professional might want to tell someone else is if they believe you're at risk of harm, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and they would usually discuss this with you first.

Page last reviewed: 31/12/2014

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Wells1987 said on 16 September 2015

I've got the nexplaon implant does anyone else get slight period pains but without the bleeding?

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Georgiasaundersxo said on 24 August 2015

After being on the injection for 4 years I decided to change contraception as it can thin your bones. It was the best contraception I've used, not having a period and only having to worry every three months. I tried the pill but kept forgetting to take it so I had the implant inserted at the end of April. Since then I've had non stop bleeding with my period lasting between two and three weeks and having a week in between bleeding again. My skin is also terrible which is making me self conscious. I didn't know whether to have it removed or try it for a little longer. I've seen my doctor who told me to wait but how long much longer as it's very frustating. I thought I would be one of the lucky ones who's periods stopped altogether!

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Kotori said on 05 August 2015

After being terrible with pills and allergies that stopped the pill being absorbed properly,at 17 with terrible terrible pms pains and a cycle that had gone loopy due to inconsistency. I switched to the implant.
That was 9 years ago, so I'm getting my third implant removed tomorrow.
Ive had on average a period every 3 months. Much much lighter than the hell I used to go through. It affects everyone differently but its worth trying it out for a year and sticking to it.
The only odd thing is I've always got thrush a week after getting each one, thats pretty much been the only down side.

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sarah6783 said on 20 June 2015

I've had the nexplanon in for over a year and was having monthly periods n they have stopped all of a sudden in march, what could this mean or be

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jd95x said on 03 June 2015

I'm 19 and I'm on my 2nd implant, which I had last year, my periods are hurrendous, I can be on for a stupid amount of days, longest is upto 3 and a half weeks. I've heard once your period starts it can't be stopped and I'm worried as I go abroad in 13 days, is there some way it could be stopped during my cycle???

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KateB77 said on 12 May 2015

Vivid dreams and the implant - there is nothing proven, but after some discussion with friends who have tried it and a bit of site hopping I have found quite a lot of women have found that vivid dreams are a distinct side effect of the implant.
I've always been an active "dreamer", going through phases where I've struggled to separate reality and dream. Some nightmares have led to actual screams (thankfully not now) and other dreams I have learned to manipulate. However in the last 2 weeks of having the implant the dreams are at a new level, which I can only describe as "vivid" and I'm getting quite tired!
I am interested to hear from anyone else who has experienced this and if they have found it abate over time? I think there is a research opportunity here - and based on the discussions so far, not just the implant has had this effect....

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kellywoo123 said on 03 May 2015

I have had my implant for nearly three years (August). I have had no problems with it until now. For the past two months I have had a period every other week. Has anyone else experienced this? If so what are the recommendations please. It's starting to get me down!

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ameh44 said on 27 April 2015

I've had my implant in for around 8 months now and I really do recommend it. The nurse I had was so lovely and explained everything she was doing whilst putting it in - which literally took seconds with no pain at all! They tell you to stick with it for 6 months to let it settle and see if it's working for you which is about how long mine took. Random bleeding and mood swings to begin with but now everything is back to normal. I used to have really heavy and painful periods but the implant has reduced it so much and I don't experience cramps anymore so that's a great advantage for having one too!
Obviously it's different for everyone but you can only try and see what works best for you and I 100% recommend the implant every time.

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Mjjg9695 said on 12 April 2015

Would 100% recommend the implant to anyone! I have had it since Jan 2013 so 2 years 3 months now. For the first 3 months it wasn't great as I had a period for 3 weeks straight and bleeding on and off for the rest of the time, however you can take the pill on top of the implant at the start if irregular bleeding is too much! I braved through it and now I don't have periods ever, 2 years going strong haha, can be weird and a bit scary at the start when bleeding stops completely but now I love it! Don't have to think about pills or anything at all can just relax. Was initially worried about getting it inserted but there was no need to be just a simple numbing injection which you can hardly feel and that's the worst of it as its 100% numb from there!! Just look away and you don't have a clue it's happening! Such a good invention!!

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warnywoo said on 29 March 2015

A little bit worried....

I had my implant put in 01/02/2012 so it's been over 3 years now. I had sex 3 weeks ago and I'm worried I could have got pregnant as my implant may have stopped working?!?!

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katwat87 said on 15 February 2015

I would recommend the implant to anyone. I am currently on my second implant and i have so i have now had it for 5 years in total on my last year of my second implant.
I think the implant is brilliant. i have had no side effects. I am one of the one that has no period at all but I am happy with that.

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kirstyb93 said on 14 February 2015

I have had the contraceptive implant now for 5 years and i have to say that i am one of the lucky ones whose periods just stopped completely. I have a question however. Even though i don't get periods anymore is it still possible for me to experience symptoms of PMS? Like can i still get spotty skin, bloating and moodiness? i feel like this must be the answer but i am unsure

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Tanya92 said on 12 February 2015

Similarly to rachitt101 I seem to be experiencing the negative effects of the implant! :( I've had it in about 3 weeks. My period was constant for over 2 weeks before I gave in and have been taking the pill also. Prior to the implant I had been in the pill since I was 15/16, initial to resolve heavier periods. The pill (microgynon) worked fine but id become quite lazy and forgetful with it, not to mention being risky and having sex with my long term boyfriend when I was potenily not 100% safe. A few of my friends had spoken so highly of it saying that their sex life is great. No pains, no periods, no worries just fun and one less thing to worry about. They sold it well. However, as I'll elaberate from my opening sentences... It's not so great (not at the moment anyway!) I am experiencing a lot of headaches, slight nausea and my stomach has been extremely uncomfortable for a few days. I mean it is early days yet and it may all settle down, I pray that it settles down! But right now my advice would be if a contraceptive is working for you ie the pill instead of being like me and changing it because you're being lazy just make it a priority!

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rachitt101 said on 08 February 2015

I had the implant fitted on 18/12/14 ive never tried a long term contraceptive before, I had heard bad and good reports about it and decided to give it a go. The insertion of the implant was fine and I had no problems, 3/1/15 I started a period which lasted about 9 days and was lighter than my usual Period then 24/1/15 I started spotting then 2 days later I started yet another period and I've been bleeding since, I don't know how long I have to leave it before I go the doctors to see if they can give me something to stop the bleeding, it's making feel so fed up, i'm having horrible headaches and mood swings and I look like a spotty teenager, any advice on how long I should leave it would be appreciated, I do keep trying tell myself I need to let it settle down.

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sparklyreindeer said on 04 February 2015

Getting the implant was one of the best decisions I've made. I'd been on the combined pill but I experienced such horrible mood swings and headaches and I am also very forgetful so it wasn't the best method of contraception for me. Since I've had the implant I've had no periods and my acne has actually cleared up! I haven't experienced any side effects and the bruising was minimal. I would definitely recommend the implant to anyone considering it :)

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Rhian_92 said on 28 January 2015

I used this website a lot when making my decision for which long term contraceptive to use instead of the pill. Today I had the implant fitted.
Initially, I chose the coil as it was longer lasting and most reliable. I went to my GP and needed to have a consultation appointment then a fitting. As my surgery is very busy, it took 8 weeks from first ringing up to the fitting appointment date. On the day I showed up the doctor was ill and I was turned away. I then couldn't spare the time to plan in a few recovery days after a coil fit, so began looking into the implant.
This time I avoided my GP and investigated my local sexual health clinic. I found out they run a weekly clinic for implant fittings (amongst others) and was able to get an appointment for the one next week. They were super professional, discrete and reassuring, particularly as this is their specialism so fit contraceptive devices every day. It was a lot less cringey talking to them about my sex life than my GP. I was able to have the consultation and fitting in one appointment, and you could get STI testing at the same time if you need to. I could have even changed my mind at the last minute and got the coil if I wanted, so if you are unsure about which is best for you they can help you decide.
The fitting itself was a breeze. I lay on the bench so couldn't see my arm. The worst part is the anesthetic injection as it stings a little but then I couldn't feel the implant being inserted under the skin. I did feel it move up my arm but that wasn't painful. Over and done with in about 3 minutes. Now I have a sore arm and a cracking purple bruise, but it can't be as bad as the pain after a coil fitting. I may post again in the future to report back if I get heavy bleeding or not. Today was my first pill free day anyway so I expect some but don't know if my periods will stop after that.
Definitely recommend investigating your local sexual health clinic instead of a GP.

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eveg32 said on 15 January 2015

I was 17, on the pill, fell pregnant. (Please don't judge as I had been with my boyfriend for 2 years) We agreed not to keep the baby, so I went in for a termination. The Dr suggested getting the implant fitted whilst I was under, I agreed.

For the first 2 years, the implant was brilliant. No periods, no weight gain, apart from my boobs! and most of all - 99.9% chance of not getting pregnant. It was brilliant.

Then on my 3rd year, the periods came... It was like they had been waiting and saving up for the 3rd yr. I was on for 2/3 months at a time, then off for a week or so... Then I would come back on. Then my removal date came up.

I discussed this with the Dr, she had a trainee with her. I said I didn't want it again, but she said it was the new one, nexplanon, and it 'might' be different.

I am on due this out end of July, I can't wait. The Nexplanon has given me mood swings, barely noooo interest in sex, and not forgetting the periods. I have 'regular' periods, these last 1 month at a time, then I'm off for 2/3 weeks. It's not a lot of blood, but still, it has doubled the amount of tampons/pads I have to buy lol... I am currently off my period and am going to a clinic tomorrow PM to get it removed as me and my partner are going to try for a baby.

I would recommend the implant, it does the job. For the small side effects, which you may not even get, compared to the fact you are so unlikely to get pregnant... Worth it. 100%.

I would like to add, for most girls out there who are worried they will put on weight, I have not put on any weight at all. Like one of the other comments says, the hormones just play with your cravings, which I do give in to a lot and I'm still a size 6/8 :)

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asdfghjkl321 said on 07 January 2015

Honestly, choosing the implant is one of the best choices i have ever made.

i have had many of the negative side effects for example periods lasting up to three weeks, gaining weight and horrendous mood swings, however i still stick by my decision 100% and will definitely getting it replaced in a couple of years.

i am very forgetful, so taking the pill wasnt an option, and due to having very thick blood i was worried about it anyway.

Having the chance of being pregnant being reduced by 99.9% (less than 1 in 1000 women get pregnant while on the implant) definitely outweighs the negatives.

i suffered from depression earlier this year, and am conscious as to whether the implant made this worse but im through that now without the need for any anti depressant medication.

as i have said i have not had the best or most pleasant experience with the implant, however i would still recommend it to anyone that asks!

hope this helps!

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mckean3008 said on 19 December 2014

I have had the implant for a year and a half now and before I had the implant put in I had an unexpected ectopic pregnancy! I have not had a period for about 2 years now. The past month or so I've been coming on and off on and off sometimes it's just brown discharge and sometimes it's blood. I'm concerned to why this has started when I haven't had a period for 2 years! I just thought the implant had stopped them but it clearly hasn't! Has anyone else experienced this with the implant?

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thebethster said on 25 November 2014

I'm coming to the end of my first implant and have to say that I had a pleasant experience with averaging around 2-3 periods a year. I am normally a heavy bleeder and the implant appeared to reduce them, however I did have a a three week period last May and then another this Feb but nothing since then until now where I have been on my period for 3 weeks again so I'm just wondering whether this could be due to the fact that I'm coming to the end and my hormones are changing, going back to normal? Also, I'm quite concerned about getting a second implant whether it will change and won't be the same as my previous implant. Any advice is welcome.

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knitnurse said on 20 November 2014

Hi Babybum,
I had the old implant in for 2years 8mths and had no bleeding at all until the last 4 mths. I wnet and had it replaced early with the new version and was still bleeding. I went to my doctors and he prescribed Norethisterone tablets. I took them for approx 3wks. The bleeding stopped witih 3 days of starting the course and once I had finished taking them the bleeding hasn't returned, so it might be an option to ask speak to your doctor.

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BabyBum_uk said on 16 November 2014

I am on my 3rd implant and I have started bleeding with my previous 2 I didn't get any periods or bleeding when I got my second one removed I didn't get it redone until 2months later also my previous implants were the old type of implant but the 3rd one is the new type the one that can be detected by a scan over the area were the implant is but the previous 2 were not I was maybe thinking the new type is less stopping periods than before is it possible to get periods even though my previous ones stopped my periods its a pain the reason I have the implant is for easing period pain not for stopping pregnancy as I suffer from endometrios was diagnosed in 1999

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M1995 said on 10 November 2014

hi i had the implant in for 3 years i had it out October last year few weeks later i had a heavy period but haven't had another one since could anyone help i have been worrying about this for to long but cant bring my self to go to the doctors i think i should also mention i caught chlamydia off a partner beginning of last year but didn't no i had it of course because he told me he was clean guess not well i only had it treated later in the year before i had the implant taken out could that have anything to do with it personally i don't think that has anything to do with it because i had the heavy period few weeks after the implant was taken out but this is why i need some help i will be great full for any help i can get thanks

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tylerm96 said on 03 November 2014

I have had the implant now for 2 years but had to have it changed last month due to it becoming very painful. I have had nothing but trouble with the implant and do not recommend it too anyone, the first 3 months of me having the implant in my periods stopped but then they become very frequent and begun bleeding constantly for around 5 months, I had all the symptoms of a period, the headaches, tiredness, back pain, period pain and everything, I realised that this was very strange and so went to see my gp, she out me on the pill aswell to slow the bleeding. It's now been around a year and half of taking the pill and the implant and I am still bleeding very often and very heavy, I have become anemic and weak from it, yet the doctor will not send me for any tests or to see a specialist. Can someone please tell me of they have had the same problem and for as long. I am only 18 and feel that this many hormones for this long and still bleeding heavily and prolonged is damaging my body and I feel there must be something else that is the problem, does anyone suggest what I could do? Thank you

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LouVit87 said on 03 November 2014

I am 27 and am now on my second implant. I have not had any periods whatsoever for over 3 years which is great, but have had numerous other side effects. Weight Gain, Acne, Mood Swings which are not so great.

After having my second implant fitted in August I have found that moving my arm hurts, and it looks like the implant is trying to force it's way out the other side of my arm. Sometimes the pain is so bad I can't move my arm at all, has anyone else had this problem? Should I consider having it removed?

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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Lennie257 said on 28 October 2014

Wish I was one of the lucky ones too! Honestly I can see the benefits of the implant, sadly for me the negatives are starting to outweigh these.
I'm six months into my second implant, periods are still totally disrupted. Finish one and the next appears a few days later. My skin was pretty clear throughout my teens, now I'm in my thirties have had the joy of adult acne on my jaw and pigmentation on my lip ever since the first one was fitted. GP so far very reluctant to admit this could be in anyway linked to the implant and creams prescribed haven't made a dent in it.

Mood swings and awful depression have been really noticeable since the last one was fitted. What is spurring me to have it taken out is that my implant has now moved & causing pain in my arm. Over the last few months I've been working hard to get fit & my arms have got more muscle tone, maybe this is why?

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BSA2014 said on 27 October 2014


I have had the implant for over a year now. My experience has been good as I have had no periods untill last month. I have no reason why it came but it was for a week. I waited for another month to see if the same thing happened, but nothing. I have carried on having sex with my partner. Should I be worried?


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atc2014 said on 15 October 2014

I have had the implant for just over two years now to start with in the first 6 months to a year I had no problems at all, my periods were few and far between and I had non of the side effects apart from the occasional mood swing, but in the past 9 months/ 1 year my periods have been close together I have at least 3 a month with a day or two between the pain can be really bad and they are always really heavy and can last anything from a few days to a few weeks, I have also started to have really bad mood swings and can be really irritable and its effecting my relationship with my partner as well as with friends and family, also since having the implant I seem to be tired all the time even if I get plenty of sleep which I don't know if it is a side effect or not but I have only started to notice this since having the implant, I think that its time to get it taken out as the mood swings are starting to get me down and 95% of the time I have a period which has been causing me a lot of stomach pains recently. I am wanting to get the implant removed soon but I do not know which type of contraception would be best for me as I never remember to take tablets on time so the pill would be no good for me any ideas?

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lisajo89 said on 13 October 2014

I have had my implant in since June 2013, and I have loved it until very recently.

I had it put in because I was going backpacking for a year and I didn’t fancy having periods whilst trekking through jungles etc! During my travels, it was brilliant. I had only two very light periods for the whole year. I returned home in July 2014 and the plan was to take it out, but I quite enjoyed not having any periods, and I was lucky enough to not have any symptoms. I was even recommending it to my sister and friends.
I don’t know whether it has been the change of lifestyle, with being back home, or just very bad timing, but recently I have really suffered. I got a period 3 weeks ago, and it the first two days were some of the most painful I’ve experienced. I even had to cancel plans with friends because I couldn’t move because of the severity of my cramps. The period lasted for 8 days, and on the 9th day, my second period started. The flow was so heavy, and, again, the cramps were so bad that I even felt it necessary to take a day off work. I could barely move. This period lasted for 7 days, and I had a day that was free of any bleeding. Then yesterday (12/10/2014), I started my third period in a three week span. I am, again, in a lot of pain, and my flow is very heavy. I have decided that I will get my implant removed. I would rather have a normal period every month than what is happening to me now. I don’t know when it will end. After this period, will another start a day or two later? It is not worth it for me anymore.

All in all, the implant worked for me for the first 15 months, but the risk of this as a side effect is too great. I don’t think I would get it again.

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TheEnderGal said on 13 October 2014

I'm 16 and have had the implant for around 6 months.
As a type of contraception I think it's perfect, I don't have to think about it for another 2 and a half years and it has made having my period much easier.
However, the hormonal side of it has played havoc with my personality. I'm considering having it removed and changed to a copper IUD so I don't have to deal with the hormones. It has made my depression much worse, I have almost no libido and I am constantly angry/on edge. If you have psychological issues or hormonal problems this is not the contraceptive for you.
That said, if you don't, then its perfect, I've had no other side effects since I got it and if it weren't for the personality changes I'd be 100% happy to keep using it.

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RandomPerson666 said on 12 October 2014

@ kaylie26 said on 13 September 2014

I was on the depo for 4 yrs prior to my implant and had no periods. I have been on the implant for about 6 months with no periods as well. But i recently started becoming more active and changed my diet and have had slight discharge/spotting the last couple of days as well as the pains.
I have been trying to find someone with a similar reaction. With not having anything for so many years I became worried it has failed. I am hoping this is not the case as the reason i am on birth control is my body could not handle the stress of a baby.

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User908781 said on 03 October 2014

In my experience of having had the implant it is a very reliable method of contraception. Had mine in for three years with no problems/side effects. Came off it to try and conceive with my partner. Even after I came off the implant, seven months on I haven't even had one period and am not pregnant. I did a lot of research online as to why this might be and there's a great deal of speculation that contraception such as the implant impairs natural fertility after removal. My doctor said this should not be the case and any medical writings I've read say fertility should return to normal soon/immediately after removal of the implant. This didn't happen with me and hasn't happened with many other women too by the looks of it.
I'm really disappointed and unable to conceive and my periods haven't come back. When it gets to a year of trying I will go to my GP and mention it. This wouldn't be my first pregnancy and I had no problems conceiving or having periods before I went on the implant. I'm in my early 20's so I don't know why this has happened but I feel sceptical about the implant and how long it might take my body to go back to normal.

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larx123 said on 16 September 2014

I have had constant bleeding on the implant and now I am getting it removed 18 months after having it put in.

My Mum, Aunt and Grandmother have all had oestrogen positive breast cancer, so I wanted to steer clear of the combined pill. The implant seemed like a good option because it is progesterone only, you don't have to remember to take it and I have several friends who have had great experiences with it - no side affects at all, other than their periods stopping which was an added bonus.

Unfortunately, my experience hasn't been so great and I am getting it removed. My main issue has been the disruption to bleeding patterns. Whereas for many people this means no periods, for me it meant a constant 'period' or, at least, constant bleeding. Sometimes it would be like a period in colour and amount, sometimes it would be a strange dark brown blood and only a little (enough for a pantyliner but not a tampon) but there was always blood. I have had this every single day since I had the implant put in, apart from the last 4 months in which I have been using the combined pill (very reluctantly) as well to control the bleeding because I was reaching the end of my tether. My last pill packet finished a couple of weeks ago, prompting another period which just hasn't stopped. That's it for me - I more than gave the implant the benefit of the doubt like you're supposed to, but it seems like my body just isn't designed for it. I've made an appointment to get the implant removed as soon as possible and get the copper coil fitted.

It's a real shame because if the implant works for you, it honestly seems like the best form of contraception - it's long-term, super reliable, you don't have to remember it, it can stop your periods and it's very easy to check if it's still in place for peace of mind (which is the main thing worrying me about the coil). However the constant bleeding is just too big a price to pay!!

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gmpowell51 said on 15 September 2014

I was on the pill for a year before I decided to change to the implant. I had struggled with painful periods and the pill stopped helping after a while.
I got the implant in July 2014 and two weeks after insertion I had a period. It was pretty horrible. I tend to get ill just before and during my periods anyway, but this was the worst. I felt constantly nauseous, had flu like symptoms, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and mild stomach pains. This period lasted for 14 days and was fairly light but constant.
I cannot stress this enough. It was the worst period of my life but since then I have enjoyed a completely period-free life! At first I would get some spotting, which would last one to three days and be EXTREMELY light (and was a different consistency to my usual periods).
During the first three months I have had pms-like symptoms but no actual period (lower back ache, very mild cramps, mood swings) but these have gradually faded and now I couldn't be happier!
It's also extremely reassuring that it is more effective than the pill (less than 1 in 1000 get pregnant compared with less than 1 in 100 on the pill).
The insertion was not painful AT ALL, though the anesthetic injection was (I'm not a big fan of needles!) and I wouldn't even consider another method of contraception now.

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Canaro said on 15 September 2014

Just wanted to share my experience with the implant.
Hasn't been to good I've been on it for about three months and not too long ago I've been just feeling super down , like I can't find a way out but the thing is that nothing bad is happening in my life . I feel depress , don't want to be surrounded with people I have a hard time concentrating , sometimes I feel like crying for no reason . Mood swings I will be getting the implant remove this week can't wait to feel better emotionally.

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kaylie26 said on 13 September 2014

I had the implant for 3years, had it changed and had this implant for 2years with no periods what so ever. over the last two weeks I have decided to change my diet and started to be more active. but have noticed over the last three days I have started to get lower back and stomach pains, also started to show signs of a period.....very light like pink water but still something ive not had before. is this normal. please if anyone has any information on this It would be helpful to share with me thank you.x

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banana95 said on 11 September 2014

not trying to scare anyone but honestly, I would avoid the implant if you have had issues with your periods beforehand. I got the implant back in april and everything was fine until july. I was on my period for 2 months! 2 months. I was prescribed "norithistone" (if that's how you spell it) and it barely made a difference. I'm now on the pill along with my implant. the only other downside about the implant is that my breasts are horrendously sore and I keep getting these consistent, weird leg cramps. other than those problems it does what is says lol!

I would also say don't believe the rumours that the implant makes you 'put on weight' - I was told the hormones that are released causes cravings.

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happystar5 said on 02 September 2014

I got Nexplanon put in Oct 13. I have had 7 days (all seperate) of no bleeding since then. 358 days of bleeding. I went to the Docs in May to try and resolve the issue. She suggested Cerazet pill. I tool this for 3 months. In those 3 months i got 4 of the 7 days relief. My skin is worse, no weight changes personally, but i am so moody now i don't even recognise myself. I can feel the mood building over the littlest things like my partner not coming straight down for dinner when i call actuslly sends me into an emotional rampage. I have less than 0 libido now. The whole point was to be able to have a good time and not worry about getting pregnant. Well i can asure you that you wont get pregnant if you are constantly leaking and not having sex.
I can only liken it to having diarrhoea for 358 days of the year. The Docs call it spotting. It's not, its bleeding- i think i know the difference!! Not to mention it being a drain on my "feminine product budget" and sexy undies- forget it. When you think its safe.. you're probably wrong.
It has bought me to tears on occasion and even caused a bit if friction in the bedroom. Bless him- if we werent getting married im sure he would be "taking a break" from my moody self!
Can not wait to have this devil stick out to morrow! !!!

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vermilionfrost said on 21 August 2014

I got the implant when I was 16 after the pill didn't work for me (very irregular periods and sickness), and I'm now 22 with my second implant. For the six months or so I continued having irregular periods but since then my periods have become regular as clockwork and are less heavy which is fabulous for me! Since having it I have lost weight and have had no other side effects (mood swings, skin changes, irritability, etc) so have found it perfect for me as I never have to worry about it!
When getting a new implant I found no difficulties as my GP at the time was a health centre with a sexual health services. The only thing that delayed it by a week was the fact the Dr wanted to find out about my blood condition (Von WIllebrands) but as I said to her, I need to have it out either way so just get on with it!
I think when it runs out next July I won't get a new one as I want to try for a baby with my partner.
I think like with any contraceptive you need to give it a go and just see how you react to it!

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HR290 said on 18 August 2014

I first had the implant fitted when i was 20 and just had my third implant fitted this year. Although in the past i got on ok with it i have definitely found it harder this time. The bleeding is prolonged for nearly 3weeks with about a week off+then back again! I have found in the past that you do have an increased appetite and it does take time to adjust to this, its helpful to keep an eye on how much you eat as you can crave food even when you physically cant eat anymore.

Perhaps more worrying is my mood swings i have really found that i can get very low+emotional nearly bordering on depression, brought on for no reason. I like the fact that you don't have to remember to take anything but feel the cons are starting to out way the pros! Has anyone else found this over longer use? Have never used the pill+unsure what to change to.

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Hollierosa said on 05 August 2014

I got my Nexplanon implant fitted on the 28th of may, it was fine for two weeks, but since then I have been bleeding, I'm constantly tired and get dizzy spells quite frequently, it's driving me insane and I'm going to the doctors this week, to see if they can give me something to take as well to stop the bleeding, I'm exhausted!

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Ray13 said on 28 July 2014

Unfortunately I seem to be one of the very unlucky ones. Having been on the pill since I was 14, in february of this year at 19 I got the implant. It was a personal choice as I got a new job with different shift patterns so I didnt want to forget my pill one morning or anything else similar happen. It didnt go well. Last time I got the pill I weighed 56 kg approx. 9-9and a half stone. Last time I stood on a scale I was 11 and a half stone. That is in the short time that I have had the implant. My lifestyle has actually become healthier, my new job meant my meals were more routine and I was taking fruit and juice for lunches rather than chocolate and coke or similar things. My job also means I excercise more. This all however did not upset me as much as the pains, my god it hurt! I went on the pill at such a young age due to cramps. The pill eliminated that. With the implant I stayed at my bfs house and for three hours was lying in agony crying on his shoulder in the middle of the night. It wasnt a pleasant experience for either of us. Im also suffering from fatigue which I never had before as well as being dizzy which a relatice thinks is due to the lack of blood in my system as I seem to be on my period more than im off. Its worsening my mood, putting a strain on me physically and draining me emotionally. It wasnt worth it. Roll on three days time when it comes out and boy will I make sure its out! Oh pill, please forgive me for leavig you, I promise it wont happen again!

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Nicoleelocin said on 26 July 2014

Of course the implant can make you gain weight... It is releasing extra hormones into the body. If an irregular hormonal balance occurs you can gain weight uncontrollably. It can also be to do with your lifestyle, but everyone is different. What might happen to one person may not happen to another. For example, I have been on the implant for over a year and have only just had a period that lasted for 3 months. This will not happen to everyone.

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PeaceLove said on 24 July 2014

I have been on the implant now for 6 months.

This was the alternative as I cannot have oestragon based contraceptive.

Since being on the implant I have had prolonged periods which has been a bit of a pain but its manageable.

And I'm glad to say it definitely did NOT make me put on weight - since being on the implant I've lost 3 stone (so if anyone is reading this do not believe the people who say they put on weight - this is down to their lifestyle choices, not the implant) Sorry ladies but its true!
And I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovaries 2 years ago so its especially hard for someone in my position to lose weight.

Personally for me the only down side to the implant is the prolonged periods and the mood swings.

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ttoilleecarg said on 20 July 2014

I had been using the injection since I was 16 with no problems. I got on really well with it, no periods, no cramps, skin problems etc.

I got badgered by my nurses and doctors into changing to the implant because I had been on the injection too long (despite having a bone scan that proved I was perfectly healthy).

I've been on it a year and a half; I've gained weight, my skin is worse, my head aches are more frequent, and yesterday my period came back (after not having a period for 8 years), I have some serious depression like mood swings.

I was going to try and get it taken out this week, until I read this and discovered how hard it was to get this done. Now I don't know what to do.

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Me 2012 said on 15 July 2014

I have been on the implant now for 15 months, I was advised by my doc as I kept forgetting to take the pill after my son was born in 2012.

I have been absoloutly fine and had no periods what so ever. Recently though for probs the last month things have not been right in the lady department. It has become painful during sex and it seems to trigger some bleeding that is dark brown. Iv been to docs and they took swabs that came back with a touch of thrush. Had to go bk a couple of weeks ago was suppose to have an internal but it hurt too much, so I'm goin bk this Friday to try again to check for signs of endometriosis and hopefully get to the bottom of it.

I am now on the waiting list to have the implant removed as me and my partner have decided to try for another baby.

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JoannaH78 said on 14 July 2014

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, although I realise everyone is different and some people will be fine with it.

I was having a period every other week on it and felt awful. Within a few days of it being removed (after 6 months of trying to get it taken out) I was in a lot of pain and had a couple of spells in hospital. I had surgery to have a large cyst and endometriosis removed. I have had another (more serious) operation since and my feelings are that my health problems started with this implant. I also have suffered with PMDD since it was removed, which I didn't have before.

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sarahbia said on 11 July 2014

The implant is a great idea in theory but in practice it hasn't been as great as I thought it would be, primarily because it has meant that for the past year I have been bleeding almost constantly. I have even tried taking the pill alongside having the implant for a while to try to stem the bleeding but this wasn't very successful and the whole reason I got the implant was to avoid having to take the pill. I have been bleeding now for 27 days straight since my last period, and fairly heavily. When you are bleeding so heavily and so frequently it puts a bit of a dampener on the whole reason and purpose of using contraception and I am actually considering having it removed now, it is not at all pleasant to spend most of your time on your period! If this issue could be sorted out it would definitely be the best form of contraception available and apparently I am not alone, quite a lot of women have the same issue with the implant which is unfortunate.

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lorenmai21 said on 09 July 2014

I had my implant fitted in December last year and I really dislike the effects its had on me. I must be one of the unlucky ones as ive put on quite a bit of weight ive gone from being a size 8 to a size 14 and still getting bigger slowly. My breasts are quite painfull and my stomach has swelled quite abit I get regular stomach ache and my mood swings are terrible. Also my periods have become hevier and longer lasting up to two weeks sometimes whereas before they were between three to four days, I have also gained achne like symptoms. Some spots scarring my face legs ectt. Like I said I must be one of the unlucky ones.
Is there any advice on how to reduce any of these sidr effects orwould you rrecommend me getting it removed?

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Tarwen said on 09 July 2014

I had Implanon fitted in July 2008, was on the injection before that point and felt the longer lasting the contraceptive, the less side effects (had trouble with the pill). My periods stopped (except for one half day of spotting Sept 08) and I've not had one since! My best friend can tell when my monthly is around due to some mood swings but they're severely reduced - to the point where I don't notice - and I don't seem to bloat as much or anything!

I had Nexplanon fitted July '11 with no issues, they used the same hole even! No issues with the nurse changing it, yesterday I had it removed and a new one inserted much lower as they said they don't tend to have it that high on the arm anymore. Have mild bruising from the local anaesthetic injection and new implant sight bled a bit but I look forward to another 3 good years!

People are quick to tell the negative side of things (and many people panic when periods stop entirely, it has caused me no harm) so I thought I'd share how amazing it's been for me, and no, I'm not on commission ;) if you have a problem with needles you won't be the first nervous person and you can take someone to distract you, the most painful part is the cold pinch of anaesthetic, though you will have tenderness for a few days.

Unlike injection, you can have it removed if you don't want it anymore which means it's worth a shot (no pun intended) if you are considering this! I have heard that women with weight issues sometimes are recommended not to have one, as someone who's underweight I hoped to gain a bit, but I'm still stuck at my usual weight so I guess it's different for everyone!

Sorry for the long winded comment, but I hope it's been helpful for those who are unsure. Remember that you can always back out of it at any time.

Live long and prosper!

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wigla001 said on 09 July 2014

I have had a contraceptive implant in for three years and it didn't harm me whatsoever, my periods stopped for nearly the whole three years, I recently had my implant removed and another one fitted two months ago and I am in absolute hell, my other implant did not effect me like this I'm moody, tired and the headaches and periods and bad, me and my partner have recently been discussing TTC in 6 months or so which is a big decision for us, I went to my local FPC and told them everything where the nurse then laughed at me and told me I can't get it removed to TTC if I haven't had it in a year, I have been to two doctors and they both said they dont do implants their and I just don't know what to do next I am completely stuck.

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User886281 said on 08 July 2014

I had the implant put in 7 weeks ago after having previously had the Implanon implant which I got on really well with. This time round has been horrendous, I have had constant bleeding for up to 12 days then a few days break only to start bleeding again, I had a six day migraine that was so intense I couldn't bear any light and couldn't move even slightly without violent shooting pains I to my eyeballs and across my head, I have also been extremely emotional and have experienced symptoms that border on clinical anxiety and depression (I have experienced these symptoms before many moons ago under different circumstances and received appropriate treatment). It is affecting my ability to work, to deal effectively with my child and it is causing harm to my relationship with my husband.

I phoned my surgery today to make an appointment to have it removed only to be told that I would have to wait a week before a nurse will be in to call me to discuss making an appointment to have it removed. I feel utterly desperate at this point.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I think much more needs to be done to investigate the side effects as I can see from others comments that I am far from alone in my experiences with this implant

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Njlxo said on 04 July 2014

I've just had my implant removed and the bruise off it is very disgusting. I had a look at around 50 photos of the bruising and everyone's is minimal. My arm is still numb after a few days and the bruising is getting bigger and more darker :(

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weephilly said on 02 July 2014

I have had the implant in for 4 years now, for about a year and a half my period was all over the place then it went back to normal after that, but then my stomach started to swell up it got that big i started to think i was pregnant, then i started getting sharp pain in my stomach back and legs, when i went to the docs they could not find anything wrong with me, so i decided to get a food intolerance test done it ended up that i was lactose intolerance, so i cut the lactose out the swelling went down, pain went away and i feel alot better, my daughter got the implant in and the same thing happened to her along with a few other girls i know, the only thing different was thier food intolerance was different than mine, so i think that the implant does something to your intestines, if anyone is having any of the same problems i think you should go get a food intolerance test, hope this helps

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laurensmartxx said on 24 June 2014

@dancing Hayley
I too have had the implant for just over a year and my periods stopped completely, i suffered no pain at all, it was great. However today I got my period, I've had the worst cramp pains and I've felt really ill all day. I had to go home from work they've been that painful. I'm also a little concerned as to why my period has started again but I'm relieved theres somebody else out there with the same problem. I regularly take hay fever tablets but apart from that, I do not take any regular medication. I'm going to make an appointment with my nurse and see if she can help.

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Cobber said on 24 June 2014

Im another who was fine on the first implant but having problems with the second. I went from Cerazette to Implanon pretty easily. I loved the first implant had no periods or any trouble with it at all. last 6 months of its life though i started getting periods migraines etc as the amount of hormone released went down. Since having the second put in ive had periods that have lasted over a month, migraines, bloating, mood swings, cramps etc. Im fed up with it and am getting it removed.

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dancing hayley said on 23 June 2014

Hi ladies :) I myself have been using the implant now for roughly a year and a half and have to say i have had no complaints :D - it works really well for me! I don't have headaches, acne and i haven't had a single period in that year and a half, until today. Today i woke up feeling very light headed and discovered my period had returned and i am not on any medication what so ever apart from the odd hayfever tablet i've had to take recently :/ has anyone else experienced something similar?

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Claire262 said on 09 June 2014

Glad to hear others are experiencing side effects on their 2nd implant - I've had my new one for a couple of months now and I presumed that there would not be any new side effects this time around! But I've been feeling very anxious lately, a bit dizzy at times, I also seem to be getting a lot of bloating. My bf informs me that I was also anxious the first time round but I don't really remember feeling like it - so it must've settled down after a while. I guess this is due to the higher levels of hormone in the new implant compared to a 3 year old one.

I already feel better (on average) than I did a couple of weeks ago, so I guess symptoms start to go away as your body gets used to the hormones. Also, exercise makes me feel better (more relaxed & less bloated) so would recommend some long walks to anyone experiencing Nexplanon side effects!

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Steph1611 said on 08 June 2014

I'm on my second implant now the first was great had no bother with it at all. However I've had this one about a month now and my mood swings are quite frankly awful and it's caused extreme anxiety, I've had to go to the doctors for anxiety medication, I'm hoping that will sort it as I'm reluctant to have the implant removed as it does well for me contraception wise and is the best of a bad bunch. I'm really hoping its not just me that's had this and that it's a common issue.

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shaz90 said on 07 June 2014

I have had the implant for nearly a year now. My experience with it so far is this. My first 3 weeks i honestly beleive i was angry enough to kill.. I cried all day flew off the handle over the tiniest thing i actually felt mentally and emotionally unstable. Then the mood lifted and the next three to four months have been good light irregular periods as much as 2 day spotting then i wouldn't have one for 5-6 weeks. However i have had a 10 week period fluctuating between very heavy with bad period pain and light spotting. I am now on a period again and its my 6th week. However i have heard it has been good for some people

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HiHelloImLauren said on 05 June 2014

I've had the implant in for over two years. Not going to lie it's been hellish. I had it in 2011 but had to get it removed due to having many side affect. I was 14 turning 15 the first time I got it in. I bled for 6months without stopping. I then got it put back in 2012. This time I haven't bled minus a few times were I'd bleed for a day. The implant this time has been great up until the last three months. I've started to spot a bit more than normal, my hormones seem to be everywhere, I'm always fatigue and sex has stopped being so fab tbh. It is good but it's not worth the hassle. It's a great wee thing if you can't take tablets and stuff!!

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FayePawtz said on 05 June 2014

I've had my implant since July last year, The only side effects I get are serious tiredness, Mood swings and irregular bleeding, i also get headaches but that's not too often. I've had no loss of Sex-Drive, and it has really pulled me and my boyfriend closer.

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charlotte L said on 04 June 2014

Iv had th implant in for 6 months now and Iv just found out that Iv fallen pregnante despite haveing this fitted we are shocked becoz my son was only born 7 months ago and I fell preg with him when my daughter was 5 months old

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ladyegredont said on 03 June 2014

I have just had my 2nd implant fitted today but after reading these comments it's coming out. Alot of what I have been experiencing the last 3 years may be because of the implant but NO healthcare professional has mentioned that the implant could be the cause and I have lost count over how many I have seen.
I have been experiencing horrible stinging and burning sensations during sex and I am so sore afterwards. This has been going on for 3 years and ive had so many tests and so many people examining me (not a nice experience) and still no conclusive answer except it one who said it was vestubilitis (spelt wrong I think!) The medication has helped but I am still feeling pain and have such a low sex drive. This has put untold strain on my amazing and patient partners relationship with me. I am incensed that no one has mentioned that could be it. I have mentioned it and was told the implant was probably not the cause. Has anyone else experienced pain during intercourse? Over the last 3 years I've felt depressed but put this down to my problems with sex but this could be the reason.
This is so upsetting that I could have sorted this years ago if given the proper advice.

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Katiep03 said on 03 June 2014

I had an implant in for 3 years and despite a couple of period irregularities I experienced no problems whatsoever!

However last September I had a new implant put in and since then I've not had a period, often with the old implant I got pregnancy like symptoms but because I had a regular period I knew I wasn't pregnant

However with this one, I have recently been experiencing pregnancy symptoms like never before. In comparison to what I used to get they were similar to that of PMS however this time I've put weight on very quickly for the first time in years, painful and firm breasts, extreme fatigue and frequent urination. As I don't get periods anymore I can't go by this.. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests this week both came back negative. But I can't understand why I am experiencing such similar symptoms to pregnancy and without having a missed period I can't detect when pregnancy test should be 'officially' taken..

Had anyone experienced anything like this before? If so what was the outcome?

In desperate need of advice

Thank you

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George14 said on 02 June 2014

My girlfriend (now ex), went on the implant for about a year. Our what use to be fantastic sex life deteriorated incredibly. She ended up having small cuts, which made sex extremely painful and at some point impossible. When sex did happen, it was never the same, we were limited to basically one position that hurt less (doggy) and we couldn’t have intimate face-to-face sex, which is a shame because that special connection you share with your partner during sex is completely lost. Also her sex drive practically disappeared completely. The situation brought on a lot of frustration, disappointed and conflict in what was a very loving relationship. I believe this was the main reason why me and my partner had so many problems in the end and split up. I would be wary to use any sort of hormonal contraception. I have read that some people don’t have a reaction/problem, so great! But if that’s not the case for you, I would stay clear from the implant and/or any other hormonal contraceptive. It’s not worth it. She has now been off the implant for a couple of months and does no longer have painful cuts, low libido or dryness.

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Jessicap1 said on 29 May 2014

I had the implant put in three years ago before i went travelling. It was really good I didn't have a period at all and when it came around to the 3rd year after coming back from travelling I thought I might as well get another implant. I have had another implant put in about 2months ago. For the first month it was normal and I had no bleeding however I am now experiencing my second week of blotch bleeding, its mainly dark blood and some normal looking blood but definitely not a monthly as I used to be very heavy. I am concerned that his bleeding will stop, I have no sex drive and its putting me off being close to my fiancé. Has anyone had the same experience? Did it stop? Thanks ladies :)

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fortypercent said on 27 May 2014

I've had the Nexplanon implant for just over two years. For the first six months I had no periods, then around every 2-3 months, but for the past 6 months my periods have been very long (3 weeks) with bleeds inbetween (requiring tampon use to more than what I'd call 'spotting').
I waited to see if it would calm down but it hasn't. Today I went to the doctor to have the implant removed, but she instead suggested/urged that I try taking the combined pill for 3 months first to see if it controls the bleeding. She didn't seem to be willing to remove it at all, though I realise if I'd persisted she probably would have had to. I sort of feel they want to keep women on it as long as possible to gather data.
I'll try the pill but don't want to take it long term due to the risk of increased blood pressure.
When I suggested just using condoms she told me they have a 40% fail rate (!) which is news to me.
I was also told it's better to have a child at some point as this will reduce risk of breast cancer and 'psychological problems' - wish I'd asked what they are as I'm sure it can be argued that you can have psychological problems having children if you're not ready for them... but there you go.

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Nai2014 said on 25 May 2014

I had implanon fitted in 2007 and had no problems it calmed my periods which was 3 weeks at a time I had no side affects apart from a little weight gain I had it removed after the 3 year and went on to have a baby since giving birth I've had nexplanon fitted which has been almost a year now my period are barely there but having problems with acne and gained a lot of weight my arm constantly aches and got to the point where it wakes me up in the middle of the night I would not recommend to any one

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7iona7 said on 22 May 2014

I got a contraceptive implant last year in march when I was 15. for the first two months, I had no bleeding whatsoever (which I was pleased about as I got the implant primarily to stop my periods because they were extremely heavy and painful) However, after then, I have had it for another year and am now bleeding almost constantly, with painful cramps daily. I was put on the pill by my GP to stop this and had to take it for two months but it didn't help. Since I got the implant I have been suffering from severe depression and mood swings, and because of the constant bleeding I don't want to have sex with my boyfriend. The side effects of this have put a huge strain on my life, and the only benefit of it is that I haven't become pregnant. I would not recommend getting the contraceptive implant, and I am getting it taken out in the next few weeks because of my constant mood swings etc. The NHS need to warn people in a better way about the side effects of this, as I wasn't made aware of how much it would impact my life and if I had been then I would never have got it.

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Elaine89 said on 12 May 2014

I had the implant in for 2 and a half years, I felt like I was always fragile on it, very emotional. I got the implant out in April and the doctor put me back on the pill, I have took one pack and me and my partner have decided to try for a baby, I am so nervous :/

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annawesome said on 09 May 2014

I had my implant in from Jan 2012 - July 2013. We then started trying for a baby in August and I fell pregnant straight away. So from my experience fertility is instantly regained after removal.

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User868834 said on 30 April 2014

Seriously wouldn't recommend the Implant. Got it fitted in May 2012 was great for a few months come October/November that year constant bleeding with maybe 3 days of stopping. They told me to take the pill along side it even though that was the reason I got the implant in the first place! Because the pill gave me unbearable stomach cramps. Coming up to two years since I had it in and I seriously want it taking out. I don't feel comfortable with myself, my sex drive has gone down and the mood swings are awful! Really affecting my relationship.

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Lvad said on 29 April 2014

I've had the implant fitted for almost a year and me and my partner are ready to start trying for a baby.. We'd like to get pregnant as soon as possible.. Does anyone know how long on average it takes for your fertility to return to normal?

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Kirstymc95 said on 27 April 2014

Hi. ever since i had it fitted i am suffering from extreme tiredness, anxiety, nausea, aches and pains, mild headaches and low libido. Its starting to get me really down and my partner thinks i am over reacting/hypocondriac i was just wondering if anyone else has experienced these feelings. Every morning im waking up hoping today is a good day. its awful. i've had it for 6 months now & i want it removed. Will this be a problem? i've had enough of feeling like this and it's putting my relationship on breaking point

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User867806 said on 26 April 2014

I've had fitted implant 2/04/2014 and I was worried that I put on waight but from that day till now I've lost almost 3 kg. I can't say that I feel great because I have small bleeding for about 2 weeks. I'm feeling tired for most of day but it is maybe why I lost more blood. Nurse were telling me that for a first year I can have irregular periods but I hope that I will don't have anemia because of implant. Everything else is ok.

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sophie2409 said on 24 April 2014

I had the nexplanon fitted in May 2013 and i was 15 at the time, i felt as if it was the right time for me especially even if some of you think that's young. It's a great form of contraception if you're bad with tablets or forgetful as it's for 3 years! I did have a few symptoms though, spotting and bleeding was pretty bad and went on for a long time and i also suffered headaches but now they've calmed down! i'd really recommend the implant.

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susie83 said on 19 April 2014

I had the implanon put in about 4 years ago after having my son last year march2013 i had to have changed this had stopped my periods all together etc but towards end i was starting to bleed heavy so had changed few wks early infortunatley they had stopped using this and i had to have nexplanon ive had nothing but trouble and for past few mths my breasts get really tender and i start to bleed but im only bleeding when i wipe after wee ive seen dr 3 times now over this and say nothing but doesnt stop me worrying anyone have this same issue pls let me know

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Zara1991 said on 15 April 2014

I had my first implant fitted around 2 years ago and the first year and half it was great I first had no periods apart for a little bit of bleeding every couple of months for about 3 days. But then I started getting heavier painful periods again just like before I had it fitted. I was given the pill to take along side it to help but sadly it didn't work and in the end I was continuously bleeding for four months until the doctor agreed to replace it. I had it taken out about 2 weeks ago now and again my period stopped until this Monday and it's started again and this time it's really painful and it seems the implant has moved. I don't know what to do I have an operation coming up and I am a bit scared because I don't want it to be postponed because of the amount of blood I have lost over the months.

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sundak2009 said on 15 April 2014

I recently did the implant around Oct 2013. I have undergone certain changes such as not seeing my periods. But my greatest worry is that I am adding weight and I am not a fat person. Before the implant I was weighing 65kg but now i weigh 71kg under 6months. I am adding weight in my face and my hips and buttocks. I met my doctor who said it it is the implant and would want to watch and see after 6months. I am worried by then it will be impossible to reduce my weight. I like the implant but weight gain is making me reconsider removing it. Please I need help.

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meryl22 said on 01 April 2014

I had the Nexplanon implant and had no issues with it at all. I had previously suffered severe pains when I was on the pill. This allowed me to be normal and pain free. However I have had it removed as it's 3 years were up and do not require anything else as my partner and I are considering trying for a baby. I have been looking on sites to see what the standard time is for periods to return to normal but haven't found anything. For 5 weeks now I have had all the pains and aches return and I have to say it's not a pleasant time, but still no period. Not had the implant before so got nothing to measure it against. The pain is that bad I'm considering having another implant put back :( I think that there is need for the aftermath of an implant is required on sites too. Definitely recommend Nexplanon.

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GTC1993 said on 26 March 2014

I had the implant fitted in 2010. It was great for me and I didn't suffer any side affects except from a very slight fase of acne which tablets help! However in October 2013 I got my implant taken out and the new nexplanon refitted! Welllllll.... Since then every time I am "due on" I get awful cramps and nausea which has led to vomiting every time. Before this I never suffered with illness like I do now. The nexplanon is extremely strong!!!

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cillarose760 said on 23 March 2014

Ive had the implanon for about two weeks now, and ive been experiencing sharp pains all down my arm. from my armpit to my fingers. I don't know if I should contact my doctor or see if it goes away. The thing is it is keeping me from sleeping and is very bothersome, I can tell its from the implant cause that general area hurts too. Im waiting to see if it goes away but so far its not a very good experience.

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NewGirl95 said on 20 March 2014

ad the implant fitted when I was 14, just before they stopped using implanon. I has no issues at all, 3 years with little to no bleeding no side affects or anything... In March last year I went to have my implant removed and refitted. Obviously I had Nexplanon fitted, not a pleasant experience. I would point out ythat if you are having problems then go back and tell them. Even if they do say it could be a short term thing if you ask them to remove it they do not have a choice but to make an appointment to do so. I was diagnosed with depression after having it removed only because my doctor wasn't happy to say it wasn't to do with the new implant.
When I had this removed I was told by my family planning nurse that in the EU it was under black triangle and she would be putting a yellow card in about it. If a high enough percentage of people have Nexplanon and develop depression and nurses/doctors are following procedure then it will be added as potential side effect.
People seem to forget depression can develop at any time for virtually any reason, my doctor just wasn't happy to actually diagnose depression and give me medication without ruling that out the possibility that it could be the implant...

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Cerian86 said on 15 March 2014

Can the implanon do any damage to my body?? Or stop me from having any children? I have had 2 implanon and I'm on my third one, I'm starting to think that I won't be able to have any children xx

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pippa05 said on 12 March 2014

I have to say that I have the implant (for the second time) and I guess I am lucky because I haven't suffered with any side affects that some people have mentioned. My periods are extremely light and are about every 3 weeks which last about a week. This is a nuisance but it is a huge improvement on my periods before the implant was fitted. I do have the dark blood that some people have mentioned but I can't say that it bothers me. I was bleeding practically non stop beforehand and very heavily so I personally would recommend the implant to people but then i did my research before I had it fitted and the nurse who fitted it was very helpful in answering any questions I had.

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chloe_a said on 09 March 2014

I'm just here to share my experience with the implant so far

Before I got, my periods were fine, got them regularly about every 6 weeks.

I got the implant inserted at the start of December 2013 - all was fine, my period came as normal at the end of Decmber

However, since then I haven't stopped bleeding

I don't want to gross people out with the details but it's not been fresh red blood, it's a darker browner blood but still a significant amount that comes out everyday, not just "spotting" - but every 2 weeks or so it's fresh blood instead

So yeah, I've been bleeding for nearly 3 months straight now - it's a pain, but I'm just gonna hang in here and hope that it ends soon as the doctor said before she inserted that after 6 months everything should have calmed down and I shouldn't get my period anymore

Fingers crossed

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KerrytheBerry said on 07 March 2014

I was fitted with the implant in 2009 as I was allergic to the combined pill. I was advised by my GP that the implant was the best thing since sliced bread & my periods would stop, I would not get pregnant etc etc. However I had loads of problems, and I was silly enough to get fitted with another one in 2012 and wish I had listened to my instinct & not bothered. Since having the implant I am on a constant period, but its not red blood, its a brown horrible colour and its embarrasing, I cant wear nice knickers, I cant wear tampons because its too light but if I wear a pad it makes me really sore (due to the rubbing). I have really really bad scarring acne that has affected me dramatically and have to have microdermabrasion to try and combat this, it makes me feel uneasy to be round my friends who have lovely skin)I used to have nice skin- yeah the odd spot here and there but now I have scars. I have terrible pmt, 1 minute I'm crying with laughter, the next I feel like taring my hair out! and as for sex, me & my fiance have been together for 6+ years and I have no sex drive what so ever, which makes us both feel at a loss! I wouldnt personally reccommend the implant. However if you do want it, make sure you research it and make a firm decision as it is in your body for 3 years. Hope this helps!

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jax36 said on 06 March 2014

IDue to quite severe pmt I decided after 11 years(10 years with merina coil and 1 with nexplanon) to have the implant removed so that I could find out if my pmt is better or worse without these forms of contraceptives, it has been 2 weeks now and in honesty I feel terrible, I was not prepared for this, I could give a whole list of symptoms but there's no point, I just feel that there isn't any information given to us about we might go through after especially to those of us who have used ius/implants for a long time.

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jlm1407 said on 25 February 2014

I am extremely annoyed at G.P,'s fitting this implant to teenage girls without any follow up. My daughter was fitted with the implant but started with mood swings shortly after. Although she went to see her GP he informed her that this was one of the side effects but should level out within three months. This has not happened ! In fact the mood swings which were happening around twice then three times a week, started to increase daily - now the mood swings are hourly - constant throughout each day! This drug is ruining her life, it is ruining her ability to socialise, it is ruining her relationship with her me, her mother, and her boyfriend. I have now contacted her surgery 3 times and have made it very clear what is happening but the GP's do not care. They have been negligent, even to the point that I have told them that if she does anything stupid they are responsible....still they have not bothered. What I fail to understand is that if the implant works by increasing the level of progestogen, surely a hormone level test should be carried out and if the levels need altering - why can this not be carried out? This situation is causing so much depression for my daughter and her loved ones - at my wits end

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Mamalou2007 said on 19 February 2014

I had my implant replaced on 12 dec 2013, came on 2 weeks later and now I haven't had a period since the end on dec, this is a bit worrying as the first time I had the implant I was always seening my periods every months. But now almost 3 weeks late since I was last due, plus I have been feeling sick most morning and getting cramping pains on and off. I have done pregnancy test and it's saying not pregnant. But still concerned as I never had this with my first implant. Is this right to happen?

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Mummykelly said on 17 February 2014

Hi I had the nexplanon implant put in on 5 of November 2013 I was having a miscarriage at the time so was still bleeding for another week or so and I haven bleed sins I've put on quite a bit of wight lately and feel sick and tired all the time just wondering if anyone as any advise as to what it could be I have done pregnancy test and nothing !

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OrangeLeopard said on 06 February 2014

Having the iplant varies for many people. I personally have one and would recommend it to friends and family. I have had 2 years of no periods, am on my last year and i have only had a slight bleed. The NHS does need to make people aware of the fact that the implant doesnt necessarily protect you against pregnancy for the full 3 years if you are overwight or have a high BMI. It is recommended that you have the implant renewed before you 3 year time.

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Lina03 said on 30 January 2014

I have had the implant since early April 2013. My period stopped up until July when it started bleeding constantly; that wasn't a big problem for me as it was very light. As I was going on holiday abroad during August my GP suggested I go on the pill to stop the bleeding. The pill worked however, When I got back to England I decided to stop taking the pill. My period stopped when I stopped taking the pill but came back as normal every month and went up until January. My period has been constantly bleeding again but very heavily and it hasn't stopped since it came. I have also experienced very bad cramps which wasn't the case before taking any contraception. I have decided to wait till April to decide whether I want to stay on the implant or remove it.

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panda_monium said on 30 January 2014

I've been using the contraceptive implant for almost six years now. I'm on my second implant and due to have it replaced with my third in the next few months. I absolutely love it! My periods are light and brief, and usually only every second month. I've had no emotional or physical side effects and I recommend it to all of my friends!

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Laurenyates95 said on 29 January 2014

I had the implant when I was 16 years old, I had beautiful skin and was always happy. A year on with the implant I started to notice acne break outs, this was happening for two years, and my friends and family noticed I wasn't as happy anymore. I was happy that my periods stopped and I didn't have to worry about one until the last year of my implant I was on for 6 weeks straight. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone really, it's ruined my life.

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HannahJayy1207 said on 23 January 2014

I had the implant put in on 20/11/13 and it was excellent until christmas, now i am bleeding constantly with bad cramps, all though my periods are light i am in a lot of pain, as with the drinking i have been fine so far, i can remember nights out and that :)

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xaluar said on 11 January 2014

Everyone I know always slates the implant and for that reason I was reluctant to try it. But my advice to anyone reading this is it is definitely worth it. I started on the combined pill but had to switch to the progesterone only pill due to migraines. The POP was a nightmare it made me miserable, have no sex drive and I also got fat. I was reluctant to try the implant as I said as 1. it also uses progesterone (all be it a smaller dose) and 2. I had heard from most people that you bleed continuously. I got the implant in September and it was the best decision I made. I have lost weight, sex drive is back to normal and my periods have been non existent (though I was not worried, as the implant is the MOST effective method of contraception). This month i got my first (very light) period since being on the implant and have been told they will gradually return as I continue to use it, which is even better. I have had no pain, no acne, no anxiety/depression or anything. Would definitely recommend especially to those who are having problems with contraceptive pills.

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Boomchicka said on 16 December 2013

I've had the implant for nearly two years and I love it! Having suffered horrible cramps during my periods I no longer have to spend days in horrendous pain! My acne has got a little better, but certainly no worse! I have a very light period every three or four months and don't have to worry about taking the pill everyday , superb!!!!!

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chloe_aw said on 15 December 2013

@unigirl93 - I have had a really similar experience with the implant to you. I forget nights after a few drinks and I've either had a huge fight with my boyfriend or I've cried my eyes out apparently. I've also experienced depression, which I did not relate to the implant until reading your comment. Now I'm worried! The NHS should be doing more to recognise what it can really do to people!

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unigirl93 said on 12 December 2013

I personally had a horrible experience with the implant, sending me into a deep depression as well as putting in me in a lot of danger. Every time I had more than two drinks, I would have no memory of the night the next morning, but I would be informed that I would fly into a rage or sob for hours for absolutely no reason. This caused huge problems with friends and in my relationship.
I feel that the NHS needs to better monitor those who get the implant, and it should certainly be noted on this page that the implant can lead to depression or anxiety.

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bwillott said on 03 December 2013

I had the implant in 2012 and been fine right up till now 2013 mood swings... bleeding for 3 weeks at a time... headaches everyother day... I loved it at 1st but its coming out next week

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maybe123 said on 05 November 2013

Should be able to feel it in her inner arm. Or look for a little scare where it had been removed.

If you cant feel it than the inplant are not there! I had it remove and it left me with a little scare.

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feelingsick said on 04 November 2013

hey can someone help me. I had sex with a girl who had this implant in it had no marks to say she just had it put in. Could she have took the out and got pregnant cause now she telling me she is

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