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Family planning

Nexplanon awful side effects - mirena or pill next?

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LouiseBelchersBunnyEars · 27/11/2020 20:33

So I’ve finally managed to get the nexplanon implant out! Has taken me ages, hopefully now I can say goodbye to the low moods, low sex drive, and starving myself for a week and not losing an ounce!

They’ve put me on the combi pill again for the time being.

The nurse did suggest I could try the mirena coil as a long term substitute.
I said I was reluctant as isn’t it the same hormone as the implant, so seems silly swapping the thing causing me so many problems for more of the same.
However she advised me that although it’s similar it’s a slightly different type of progesterone, and a smaller dose as it’s more localised.

Really helpful, said it’s entirely up to me, they were happy to give me the pill, or a coil, or whatever I wanted.

Was just wondering if anyone had suffered a negative experience with nexplanon like me, but then went on to have a positive experience with the mirena?

Main issues I faced were low moods and weight gain (approx 2 stone in 7-8 months, impossible to shift even doing extreme dieting methods like 5:2 and then literally 5:2 the other way round with 5 fast days and not losing an ounce).

Like the convenience of long term contraception but never want to experience those side affects again!

Thanks in advance!

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dementedpixie · 27/11/2020 20:39

If you didn't want hormones you could try the copper coil

LouiseBelchersBunnyEars · 27/11/2020 20:46

I had the copper coil about 10 years ago, it caused me to have really heavy bleeding, constant bleeding and horrendous period pains, which I’d never suffered with before.
So I begged them to take that out as well.

I just want a long term contraceptive with no mad side effects. I’m not against hormonal options in and of themselves, but I just don’t want to experience those awful side affects.

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dementedpixie · 27/11/2020 20:48

I had the mirena and it stopped my periods. Unfortunately it needed removing under general anaesthetic as the strings went awol

LouiseBelchersBunnyEars · 27/11/2020 20:53

Oh god! I suppose there’s always the risk with that happening.
This was actually my second implant, but it took me a while to twig what it was doing. My first one was a deep implant which went behind my muscle, so I had to wait ages for them to get that out too, in which time it ran out.
I lost about 2 stone without doing anything, and was just happier and more energetic, but didn’t put 2 and 2 together.

Only when I got it replaced and the weight all went back on again and my mood fell did I twig.

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dementedpixie · 27/11/2020 20:58

I had the depo injection and it made me bleed constantly and put on loads of weight.

Cerazette mini pill stopped my periods too. I was too heavy for the combined pill

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