I had Implanon, sorry to tell you this but I gained shitloads of weight and bled for three weeks out of four, felt like a zombie as well. After I had it taken out the two stone I'd put on just fell off me without me changing anything about my diet or lifestyle.
I really would not recommend it at all - and years ago I took Marvelon with no problems. Isn't there a lower dose pill you could take? personally I am done with hormonal contraception and will be getting a cap after my current pg.
I had implanon for 3 years up until April this year. My periods were initially irregular for a bit (about 4/5 months) which was a real pain but then they stopped altogether which was great. However I do think it eventually affected my libido and after 3 years it'd virtually killed it off altogether!
I've had it removed and am now having dreadful probs with a copper coil....
Everyone responds differently to different forms of contraception. Good luck with whatever you decide to do
I had Implanon removed last October when we decided to try for a baby - currently 38 weeks pg. I'd only had it in for 6 months, during which time I bled every few days. Ended up having to take the pill at the same time to even out the hormone. I too gained a few extra pounds, a few moodswings and lowered libido. Everyone's different though and it may work for you, Beesonmummyshead.
I'll be having the merina iud put in as soon as I can. I'd had it removed after 4 years and then changed to implanon. It was fantastic. No pain, virtually no periods and I actually lost 2 stones within a year after having it fitted. The hormone in it is more localised than the pill or implanon and doesn't seem to have any adverse side-effects. Gp informed me at the time that it's nearly as effective as sterilisation!
Thanks for all your advice, I went to doctors today to get implant fitted, but upon discussion the doc decided it probably wasn't write for me (as i'd bled without stopping on the mini-pill which is similar in hormone content to the implant)
So I am on a lower oestrogen pill in the hope that will sort me out!
I am scared of the mirena coil so will be having that fitted as a last resort (ridiculous, non-sensical scaredyness)
If you do decide to go for the merina, please don't be scared. It was fitted really quickly and easily - far less gruesome than implanon, tbh. Getting it taken out took about 2 seconds, as opposed to the implanon which took the nurse 25 mins and an inch-long incision on my arm because it had become embedded. Good luck with the pill though x