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AIBU to want to get my implant removed already?

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gemmalou123 Sun 06-Mar-11 22:00:28

I have only had it since sept, but have put on loooooads of weight (1.5 stone), it makes me so grumpy, and hurts when I lie on my arm when trying to sleep. What a pain in the bum!

zo101 Fri 15-Aug-14 20:32:34

i had my implant for a month and had it taken out due to always feeling heated and just always hurting, i couldnt do much with my left arm as it would always ache! wouldnt suggest it to anyone!!

WhoseGotMyEyebrows Fri 14-Oct-11 18:27:11

BabyMama212 That is really scary!

I think it's awful that something is available when it has such massive side effects. It seems to be quite pushed by drs as well. I would even think it could be dangerous if it makes you flip, plus a risk to relationships and your health with all that weight gain. Awful!

AprilAl Fri 14-Oct-11 10:54:42

Out of interest pinkdelight, when you looked at that list of downsides, did you compare it to a list of side-effects/downsides of any hormonal method? I really don't understand why hormonal methods are stil so popular. We wouldn't put all that crap in our bodies for any other reason, so why in the name of contraception?

NorksAkimbo Fri 14-Oct-11 10:00:29

I have a copper coil as well...absolutely FAB!! I can't and won't put hormones in...they make me nuts, and I'm just a bit wary of messing with body chemistry that way.

Downsides of the coil are pretty rare, and all the side effects (heavier periods, heavy cramping pre periods) only happened to me for the first 2 or 3 months, and then all went back to normal. In fact, my periods have actually gotten lighter!! I've had mine for 4 years now, and I wouldn't have anything else.

I love that I don't have to think about it, ever. No weight gain, no mood swings, and it lasts ages.

pinkdelight Fri 14-Oct-11 09:41:19

Have just read some of the downsides of the IUD. Will be sticking with implant!

pinkdelight Fri 14-Oct-11 09:38:47

Hmm. Like YouHaveNoPower, I've had a fairly good experience with two implants. Especially like not having periods (and PMT!). But I have put on a bit of weight and just put it down to my diet/lifestyle. Am now wondering if implant is a factor. What are the drawbacks of the non-hormonal coil? Have heard it can be tricky/painful to fit.

Also, re. still getting pregnant with implant. That can be the case with all kinds of contraception, can't it? Apart from the permanent kind.

AprilAl Fri 14-Oct-11 00:55:34

RidingAlongInMyAutomobile I didn't really like the idea of a coil before I had one either, but I'd exhausted the hormonal options and knew they really didn't suit me. I ended up being so pleased with the results I used coils for the next 12 years. After we've finished making our family I'll have another fitted. Wouldn't ever use anything else.

I won't lie, it's not nice having them fitted (think a particularly uncomfortable smear test) but it's over in a few minutes. You might be crampy for a few hours afterwards, so I'd recommend taking some painkillers just before you go for the appointment to keep this to a minimum. By the next day you'll be fine again. Having it removed is a doddle - not exactly comfortable, but over in seconds.

So all in all you endure a few minutes of discomfort and in return, apart from possibly having slightly heavier periods (mine weren't noticeably heavier though), you'll have hassle free contraception for the next 8-10 years.

Beats all the hormonal methods' side-effects any day.

If you decide to go for it, just remember to make it clear you want a NON-hormonal coil wink

I have had mine in for almost two and a half years.

Only because I am too scared to get it taken out. Not long until I have no choice about it. <pathetic> And the false hope encouraged by the doctor that things would get better and settle down.

I had it put in after LO was born. At the time he was just a few weeks old and I was in my pre-pregnancy clothes (they fit just fine only a few days after he was born, and this is relevant).

Within a week of getting the implant they were suddenly too tight. I am now two stone overweight and two dress sizes bigger.

I haven't changed my eating habits.

I cannot remember when I last had a period. But at the beginning I was having periods that lasted an entire month/five weeks and then having just two weeks without one before the next one started.

I hate the implant. There is no way in hell I am having it replaced and no way they are going to give me any sort of coil. I got pregnant while taking the pill. DH refuses a vasectomy. We both hate condoms.

The only answer is to give up sex, which thanks to the implant is not going to be a problem for me, I have almost zero interest in it anymore.

So no advice OP, but YANBU and you are not alone.

ThoseArentSpiritFingers Fri 14-Oct-11 00:28:39

I came off the implant about 8 months ago, and although have been able to lose most of the weight I put on the three years I had the implant, my sex drive is still zero and i htink this might be to do with the pill im on.

Is it a possibility to change the type of pill, or is it all basically the same make-up and the brand wont make a difference?

the idea of a coil scares me as it seems very invasive, but if its non-hormonal it might suit me better.... how does it work and is it easy to fit/remove?

NorfolkBroad Thu 13-Oct-11 22:40:23

Not got one myself but hate to say I have only heard people moaning about them! Never heard a happy story. I used to work in a women's health centre and we were inundated with women coming in to complain about theirs. Hope you get it sorted, must be horrible.

overmydeadbody Thu 13-Oct-11 22:27:36

Oh my GOD I have just realised why I am the crazy shouty angry woman from hell, and have been for the last 6 months! I didn't even think of the blasted implant, was sobbing for hours last night to DP saying "I just don't know what's wrong with me or why I am so angry and stressed and annoyed all the time".

I actually thought I was loosing my mind. I'm having it out. Out out out.

Alwaysworthchecking Thu 13-Oct-11 22:05:11

I had mine taken out after two months. I bled constantly and really didn't fancy sex at all. In that respect, it was very effective, but not in the way that I'd hoped!

My GP was only too happy to agree to remove it. Mind you, I did make him promise at the outset that he'd remove it if ever I asked.

I also hated the way it felt in my arm. It didn't hurt - it just bothered me. Once I had it taken out I then got a proper period (oh good - more bleeding!) but once that stopped I was back to normal.

People on here told me that if your GP refuses, you can walk into a family planning clinic and they'll do it for you, no questions asked.

PrivateBenjamin Thu 13-Oct-11 21:16:00

Bahahaha Babymama212 I just properly laughed out loud at that.

In my implant hormone induced rage i was this () close to throwing a cup of coffee all over one of my workmates. His crime? He'd kindly made me a coffee but there was less milk than i preferred in it. I repressed the urge to hurt him and sarcastically said "thank you very much!". He backed away, scared.

BabyMama212 Thu 13-Oct-11 19:49:26

Should have mentioned that they put me on tablets to control it until it settled down!

BabyMama212 Thu 13-Oct-11 19:48:56

I've got the implant now and if it weren't for the fact that my periods have stopped, I would have scalpel-ed it out a week after it was put in!

I had terrible mood swings, absolutely horrendous. They were worse than when I was actually pregnant! In the middle of ASDA I was blowing bubbles and grinning at my beautiful DS when my partner turns to me and says "Your son needs changing!" in this really lighthearted, jokey way.



(that's almost verbatim.)

I then burst into tears, my partner looking ashen-faced, everyone else glaring at me. I still cringe whenever I think about that...

SnapesMistress Thu 13-Oct-11 19:38:10

So negative! I'm just going to chuck in my experience of having had it nearly three years (getting it replaced at Christmas) and have had no problems or pregnancies. I literally don't even notice it.

AprilAl Thu 13-Oct-11 18:02:17

I never got on with hormonal contraceptives - weight gain, loss of libido (as someone else said, defeats the point of using contraceptive), didn't really feel feminine. I decided enough was enough and had a coil (non-hormonal) fitted and it was a fantastic decision. Bit of a pain (literally!) having it fitted, but you only need to have that done once every 8-10 years so it's no big deal and I've never looked back. Lost all the weight I'd put on and my libido returned with a vengeance (making up for the three years I'd kept it surpressed!) Best of all it doesn't interfere with your fertility at all, just prevents implantation, so there's no waiting for things to go back to normal when you decide it's time for a family. I got my BFP less than 3 weeks after I decided now was the time and had my last one removed grin

To be honest, I think the only downside is that they tend to make you a little evangelical about them whenever you hear anyone complain about their hormonal contraception wink

Get the implant removed, get a coil fitted. You won't regret it

Sarahplane Thu 13-Oct-11 17:30:10

Get it out. The implant suits some people really well but for others it's s nightmare. I gained 3 stone and went through 2 years of depression before I got mine taken out and within days I felt like me again and started being able to loose the weight.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Thu 13-Oct-11 17:22:37

Having mine removed monday! smile Had it put in about 7 weeks ago. Had a period for 6 of those weeks. I now have pmt. Aleast I now know how it works: Constant period= no sex drive= no babies. hmm

PrivateBenjamin Thu 13-Oct-11 17:13:31

I had my implant removed after only 5 weeks because it turned me into a raging psychopath. Literally, all i thought about was food and killing people. It was a relief to be normal again and not feel like everyone in the world was part of a huge conspiracy to piss me off.

I went into it with an open mind and expected some side effects, but nothing like what i actually got.

havinhoops1974 Thu 13-Oct-11 17:08:11

Does the implant make you grumpy too? god it explains alot And my PMS has been HO'RRENDOUS on the implant , anyone else had that? it like comes x5.

I had implant 2010, I never stopped bleeding was on periods for 2 months with maybe a week off and I was already anaemic, I was put on Loestrin to stop the bleeding but even so now and again I bleed out over it.

had my rubella top up next jan approx I am getting rid of the fucker

Fat,Grumpy? I might aswell be pregnant

WhoseGotMyEyebrows Thu 13-Oct-11 15:07:40

FabbyChic Sun YOu have gained weight because your appetite has increased, subsequently you have been eating more. The weight gain can be controlled eating less, you will be hungry but thats the brunt you have to bear.

Wow helpful! I think that advice should be circulated to all overweight people, whether they are overweight due to eating to much, medical conditions, or medication like the OP. I don't know why no one's thought of it before.

sunshineandbooks Thu 13-Oct-11 14:53:21

I wonder if there is a connection between how well it's inserted and how well it works.

I've had two. The first worked like a dream. No pain, periods vanished, few side-effects and I actually lost weight. The second one was a nightmare. Irregular bleeding, acne, painful arm if I lifted anything.

I haven't used any form of hormonal contraceptive for more than 5 years now and I've never felt better. My general health and energy are better than they've ever been and nothing will ever tempt me to go back to using hormones.

The the poster who said it ruined her libido, that's a well-known and quite common side effect of all hormonal contraceptives, which has always left me feeling a bit confused about the whole thing TBH.

Have it out I say. smile

DistinctlyMintyMonty Thu 13-Oct-11 14:40:44

I've had mine for almost two years, after having to come of Depo because the first four weeks of each twelve week cycle I was just...evil. When I had the Implanon, it was great. No periods (I have hideously painful and heavy periods), I didn't have the vicious moodswings, I was just so damn happy. Libido has suffered, though, and combined with antidepressants has meant pretty much no interest in sex. Then, after about six months, I started bleeding. Not much, but constantly, and it's been draining. I thought it'd go away, but no. After about five months of that, I had to go back to the doctor and I was put on the Pill to regulate the bleeding.

Which, yes, made my periods last a week, and they were regular, but turned them back into the cripping, vomit-inducing agony of what they'd been like before I went on Depo!

I'm coming off the last pack of a second round of taking the Pill, and I think I'm having the implant taken out. I'm sick of having no lust for DH, I'm worried about going back to bleeding as I did when coming off the first cycle of the Pill.

lubeybooby Thu 13-Oct-11 09:21:29

I got mine removed after about 7/8 months.

The first week was hell emotionally, the first month not much better. Then it settled and I had no periods for 2 months. Then I just bled constantly and suffered anxiety the rest of the time. No weight gain or loss of libido though.

It's amazing how much better I felt just a few hours after removal. I'd never have one again.

I think doctors like you to give it 6 months at least to 'settle down' but they can't insist you keep it, only advise... so if you want it gone then stick to your guns.

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