Hi, I’m currently on no contraception at all. I have had the merena coil in the past, but I had awful mood swings on it... I was a moody bitch apparently! Which is out of character. I’ve tried the pill but I’m rubbish at taking it, resulting in one of my 2 children. I’ve tried to have the copper coil put in but my go tried 4 times and failed. It got to the point where it was just unbearable to go back and try again.
So, my friend has mention the implant. It seems a bit nicer to insert than the coil! But my worry is that it will have the same effect on me as the merena and I’ll end up a moody bitch!
They are similar hormones so likely to have similar effects (though they say with mirena as the hormones are released into the womb you are less like likely to get side effects). I personally didn't get on with the implant. I had no periods but had mood swings, anxiety, headaches, tingling hands and generally not feeling right. I had it removed after a year.
I had the implant and had it taken out after 2 months! It was a nightmare! I bled for 25 days non stop, had 3 days off then started bleeding again! I was so depressed, mood swings, crying, spots, congestion and awful headaches!!
I love the implant. Had bleeding for two weeks when it was first put in but since then I no longer have periods, no weight gain or mood swings either. I'm on my second one and will have a replacement put in next year when this one runs out.
With the mirena the dose is lower so if have thought if you didn't get on with that then the implant would be a bad idea.
If you got the mirena inserted you should in theory be able to get the copper coil inserted okay. I'd try a sexual health clinic as they're more experienced at this than GP's. In fact an overconfident and underexperienced gp could seriously screw it up.
It is only now, 10 years later that i feel the implant was responsible for severe depressive episodes resulting in a suicide attempt. I dont think it caused the depression at that time, however i do think it exacerbated the effects of it.
I only realised this after getting one in after having a baby. Within 6 weeks my mood was deteriorating rapidly and i felt like i did back then (minus the suicidal thoughts though)
I went back to the clinic and explained my feelings and that i thought the implant was to do with . The doctor removed it there and then.
Within 2 days i was feeling back to normal. The difference in mood.was night and day. That was 4 months ago and felt fine since. After research my experience is not unheard of, but is rare.
I found the mirena an absolute bastard and still think my uterus was perforated at point of insertion - I bled heavily, severe pain and needed injections of stuff to help after with pain. Kept in hospital. Long term it was awful , constant pain.
Implant isn't painful as such - but I have gained 2.5 stone in 2 months and covered in acne (boobs, face, back, shoulders, bum and tummy). Having it removed on the 7th thank God.