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Contraceptive Implant removal and starting to TTC

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steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 10:53:44


I am new to the site and looking for some help to try a and calm down about TTC for the first time. I am 26 and I am on my second nexplanon implant, so it's been 5 years of heaven without a single period or spot. Before I got the implant my periods were a nightmare, I started at aged 9 and they were always irregular, extreme and very very painful. I was put on the pill and the minipill to try and straighten them out with no luck.

So firstly I'm terrified that as soon as the implant comes out I'm going to go back to that hell. As well as the fact that I have no clue what my cycle is, never did as it was so messed up. So besides just being persistent I have no idea how to optimise TTC if I end up in the same position with AF.

I am also an organised worrier. Extremely organised and prone to worrying about things I can't help, which I know will only make the process worse. But besides the worrying is there anything I can be doing to prepare for TTC besides removing the implant and getting on with it lol.

I am following some of the TTC threads and they seem amazing but I couldn't find one linked with the implant so thought I would just dive in!

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 13-May-16 11:00:40

I had a nexplanon implant removed before TTC both of my DC.
I had the first one put in when I was 16 - no periods, no side effects, nothing!! Then I had it taken out a week before my wedding (14th June) and got a BFP on the August bank holiday - which put my date of conception around mid-July!
Had the second implant inserted in May 2015 after DD was born and had some irregular bleeding that time. Had it removed in late January 2016 and I'm now 15 weeks pregnant with DC2 smile
I don't think there's really anything you can do (other than the obvious ovulation tracking) to get things going....just lots of sex grin
There's no way of knowing when your fertility will return to normal after removal - mine was super fast, but I've read about people taking a few months to get back to normal fertility.

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 11:13:57

Thank you for replying! Congratulations on conceiving so quickly I bet that felt brilliant and so exciting!

I think the thing that honestly scares me the most is the women in my family are ridiculously fertile. I mean seriously there are hundreds of us. But they also have a lot of miscarriages. So on top of not knowing what my own cycle and body is going to like when the stick comes out of my arm I'm comparing myself to them and scared to death of a mc.

BUT got to the think positively. I keep reading about vitamins and folic acid etc is this worth it when you are TTC?

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 13-May-16 11:23:07

Definitely start taking folic acid when you TTC - after all most women don't know they are pregnant for at least 4 weeks after conception, so the developing embryo will get all its good stuff before you even know it's there smile
I totally understand your fears about MC. I was terrified at the start when pregnant with DD because my sister had a mc a few years beforehand - ever little thing had me on edge. But now with DC2, I'm a lot more relaxed about the whole thing smile
Good luck!!!
happy shagging wink

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 11:34:00

Haha that made me laugh way too much! grin

Ok then as soon as sticky out I'm a find me some folic acid!

ScottishSnowflake Fri 13-May-16 17:08:17

Hi Steff. I'm in the same boat as you, 2nd implant out, irregular cycles etc. (albeit a little older). My cycle came back after 3 weeks but then only had a two week cycle before it was back again angry TTC our first, so good luck to you too!

physicskate Fri 13-May-16 17:19:26

The GP recommends folic acid starting three months before TTC - so start now! It can't hurt anyway...

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 17:54:08

oh thanks Kate Ill get myself on amazon and do some bulk buying then!

Scottishsnowflake nice to know not in it a lone! Bit infuriated that docs have just cancelled my appointment to get my implant removed as their family planning doc has left and have no idea when there might be appointments again. I just have to keep ringing each week now apparently - one more thing to add to the to do list angry

ScottishSnowflake Fri 13-May-16 18:20:54

Mine were a bit like that - try googling family planning clinics, mine were able to see me quicker than the doctors.

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 18:53:55

oooh good shout, i never thought of them can you go to one even if you have a registered GP to take the implant out?

ScottishSnowflake Fri 13-May-16 19:01:51

I certainly did! They just took my doctors details off me and that was it smile I've almost always gone to family planning as my gp has only just recently started offering implant removals.

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 19:12:52

That sounds much easier I shall be giving them a ring on Monday! Thanks for the tip!

ScottishSnowflake Fri 13-May-16 19:22:28

No worries! I told them on the phone I was registered with gp and they said it didn't matter! Good luck, hope they can see you soon!

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 13-May-16 19:27:47

I had both of mine taken out by a nurse at a sexual health clinic too smile much quicker than waiting for a routine GP appointment!

steffw89 Fri 13-May-16 19:32:27

Not often I say it but my husband was right telling me to join this site to get some advise and help me feel more relaxed. Shhh!

ScottishSnowflake Fri 13-May-16 19:53:13

Shhh indeed wink

TrillKitten Fri 13-May-16 22:06:42

Hello, I hope it's okay to comment here. My situation is a little different; I'll be getting my implant out next month (my 3rd - so almost 9yrs on it!) and charting for a few months as I am going to use donor sperm to conceive so need to have a handle on my cycle so the clinic know when to time the insemination. Would be really interested to hear how quickly other people's bodies bounce back. Obviously there's a huge cost associated with each time I TTC (and a lot less fun!) so I wont be going for it until I am 110% sure my body is back into a rhythm but would love some buddies in the implant-removal club! flowers

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 13-May-16 22:18:17

Trill when I've had both implants removed, I have been pregnant within the first cycle of trying. 34 days between implant removal and estimated date of conception with DD, and 23 days between implant removal and estimated date of conception with this pregnancy. I think my ovaries thought to themselves "ooo! No contraception!! It's party time!" And went into overdrive confused

TrillKitten Sat 14-May-16 00:02:30

MyBreadIsEggy I am imagining your ovaries with party hats on now, just so you know! grin That's really helpful though. I was worried as I was told it could take up to a year! Which I guess is still true.. but nice to know "up to a year" can also mean "a month"! Thanks!

MyBreadIsEggy Sat 14-May-16 06:25:37

Trill grin
I think my age probably has a lot to do with it! I was almost 19 when I got married and had the first one taken out a week before my wedding, and I'm nearly 22 now. Having said that, my friend had hers removed at 26 and she was pregnant after 4 months of trying - so that's not even that long!! I think it just depends on the person smile

ScottishSnowflake Sat 14-May-16 08:24:16

Hi Trill. We're TTC #1 after me being on the implant for 5yrs. I'm cyc#2 as my first one was only 2 weeks! angry
Took 3-4 weeks from the implant coming out though for AF to appear, but we were careful not to try pre-AF as we wanted things to settle down. However, I also know people who got pregnant pre-AF after having the implant out. Good luck smile

TrillKitten Sat 14-May-16 09:50:42

ScottishSnowflake Yeah, I'll be getting a few AF visits at least to establish a pattern with the clinic, they say they'd ideally like 6mths of established pattern before we even try, I know it's sensible given the costs involved but that feels like forever away!! Thanks for posting and again to steffw89 for starting the thread. It's great to know that there are people who got AF and/or BFPs within a month of having implant removed. Bodies are awesome! Good luck TTC!

Abbinob Sat 14-May-16 10:07:46

If you go to a walk in sexual health place they might be able to take it out there and then, that's what I did smile

steffw89 Sat 14-May-16 21:13:10

TrillKitten hi! I'm certainly up for keeping updated and will be keeping my fingers crossed for you. I know what you mean about the doctor worrying you though. Mine has said not even worth trying until been out 6 months as I won't be back to normal! angry not happening!

I think tbh I'm that impatient we will be getting on with it as soon as can cope with the bruise on my arm lol.

Whatsername17 Sun 15-May-16 07:49:15

Start tracking your cycle from the day you have it out. This is your 'pregnant cycle 1' stage. As soon as you get your period then that is cycle day 1. Download an app like ovia to help you get a sense of what is going on. I got pregnant on my third cycle after nexplanon removal. Sadly, I miscarried. Ttc is horrible especially if you are like me and a bit of a control freak. Tracking my cycles helps because it gives me a tiny bit of control. Good luck.

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