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Family planning

Injection or implant

10 replies

isobel79 · 06/09/2020 13:39

Just trying to gage some opinions. I am booked in to have the hormonal implant in a few days although I am a bit reluctant now. It sounded good at the time but now I am in two minds. I've been on the everyday pill for about seven months and it has been a nightmare especially with the length of my periods.

I just need something different. Has anyone had any good/bad experiences with the injection or hormonal coil?

My main fear with the coil is that it could come out or even cause more damage than good.

Thank you for any responses.

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dementedpixie · 06/09/2020 13:51

Injection made me bleed and put on tons of weight. Mirena coil stopped my periods but I needed it removing under general anaesthetic as they couldn't find the strings to remove it normally. Have never had the implant

crosser62 · 06/09/2020 13:55

Injection I put on 2 stone very quickly, it caused me to have terrible mh issues which I had never suffered from before, no reason, just happened and it took 12 months for my fertility to return after the last injection.
Terrible thing.
Implant can be removed if it doesn’t suit.

isobel79 · 06/09/2020 14:34

Thanks both. My title should have said injection or coil 🤦🏾‍♀️however sounds like the injection isn't a good idea. I'm wondering about the implant. I can't bear the thought of the coil going missing 😬

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Theyaremyforeverx · 06/09/2020 15:20

I have the implant and the only changes I really noticed was my periods got lighter even though they were already light before having the implant fitted and now they’ve stopped. But in the grand scheme of things that isn’t to much of a bad side effect I suppose , I can’t comment on the injection or the Hormonal coil never having them before, or much knowledge on them but I hope you find the most suited contraception for you OP

redshoes2017 · 06/09/2020 15:26

I have been on the injection for 11 years and have had no problems. Messed up my cycle initially but then my periods stopped completely and I haven't had to deal with periods now for over 10 years. I have put some weight on over the years but nothing too drastic. Absolutely love it .

Sairafina · 06/09/2020 15:32

I've had the depo injection (for 2 years) and the Nexplanon implant (3 years) and the mirena coil (1month)

The injection did see me put on a lot of weight and having to go to the doctors every 12 weeks was a bit of a faff. It did however stop my periods so there's that plus! It is not recommended for more than 2 years as it can cause brittle bones.

The arm implant was AMAZING! Honestly can't recommend this enough. Pain free getting in and out, I had regular light periods (which is rare) lost all the weight and felt so good on it. Fertility goes back to normal straight away.

The mirena coil was the worst decision! This was before the depo injection, hurt like hell getting in, could feel the ends of the coil at the top of my vag, huge mood swings, got it removed ASAP!

isobel79 · 06/09/2020 17:41

Thanks all.
I think I'm gonna change my mind and maybe consider the implant. I am really worried about the coil and the fact that it's just sat somewhere and then what if it goes missing 😭. I just want something that makes my period non existent or lighter than they are at the moment. I've literally been on my period since 22 August 🙄that's the bug bear of the everyday pill

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happytoday73 · 06/09/2020 17:50

Agree about injection. Advantage for me was no periods at all but disadvantage was increased weight and when stopped took 11 months for first period.

isobel79 · 03/01/2021 15:17


So I have had the implant since September. I have still been having periods. However I started my period again on 20 December and to this day I am still bleeding. Has anyone experienced this with the implant. I wanted something that would stop my bleeding altogether but was warned this may or may not happen. I've tried the everyday pill, the coil, this was my last option given my age. Any answers much appreciated 😭

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Iamblossom · 12/01/2021 16:09

@isobel79 hi, I came into this section to start a thread on this and still might but your question relates to my situation.

I was on the depo injection for years and years and loved it - nearly 2 years ago I got the implant as they said I had been on the depo too long. I didn't bleed for ages, but now I have regular periods. They are light but they last for 2 weeks! Very annoying.

So I am going to ask to go back on the depo, have a phone call with the doctor booked for Wednesday. Am hoping it will give them a break from talking about Covid. Grin

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