Does anybody have the birth control called Implanon?

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I went to the doctor today to get my depo shot and she told me that I need to change my birth control and Implanon is the one she suggested. I am so scared to get it cause they say they cut a small slit in your arm and put it in that way. I have never been cut on at all in my life so that is what makes me so scare. If anybody has it can you please give me some information about it like is that how they really do it, does it hurt, etc.... Any information will work please and thank you so much Jenny

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Jenn - posted on 12/06/2013

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I know this is an old post but in case anyone new is looking... I just had mine put in 3 days ago. They numb your arm with a scary but practically pain free needle, it is long but so thin you barely feel it! My doctor recommended that I look away for the fist needle so I didn't even see it until after, and I assumed it was small because I barely felt it go in.

They then make the tiniest lil' insertion and bam! That's it! I had already talked to her about it at a previous appointment, so the entire appointment from the pregnancy test to weighing in to taking the smock off took about 30 minutes. Once my arm was numb I didn't feel anything.

One thing you will want to keep in mind, if you are very sensitive to pain meds or numbing meds or think you may be, you should arrange a ride home. The actual insertion does not effect your driving and you can leave right away if you want, but the pain meds can cause very sensitive people to feel numb in other areas (specifically, my version was a little blurry, and doctor said that some people feel some numbness around their mouth). It was the first time I had ever used this type of numbing med and didn't know I would be so sensitive. Next time I will have a friend give me a ride home!

Disclaimer: there is a 2 day window for when you can have it put in where it will become immediately effective, otherwise you will need to use a back up method for several days after it is inserted. PLEASE talk to your doctor and schedule it correctly! I had mine put in on the last day of my "period" birth control pill, so I had to schedule it nearly a month ahead of time!

Brandi - posted on 02/18/2010

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hey there, i have been on the depo shot, and the pill. After i had my son i got put on the nuva ring and i love it. i would recommend it to anyone. you put it in for 21 days then out for 7. its easy as 1,2,3

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Marissa - posted on 01/22/2014

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I am on it, I hate it, it has caused me to have endless periods. I am just about up to get it out, and I can't wait, sex causes my period. Sometimes it wouldn't even end for a whole month or even for two! Also for me it hurt when they put it in. The doctor didn't wait for the numming shot to kick in. I gain weight from it in the begging.

Cynthia - posted on 02/26/2010

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They do freeze the area, it is just a local anesthetic, so it doesn't hurt. I just found that with it, my periods were too spotty and I broke through more and unexpectedly with the implants than I have with Depo shots. My periods have stopped completely with Depo. The only thing you do need to consider is that when you have it removed, they do need to cut another slit nearby and take it out. I still have a small scar on the inside of my left upper arm. I would recommend a second opinion to see if there might be another option if you choose not to get it done. Most times, doctors do have different opinions. Good luck!

Christy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I had the IUD. It worked GREAT!! This is an item they place in you that can last from 5 to 10 years depending on the kind you get. I had the one for 5 years and never had any problems. I was the type that could not take normal birth control because they made me very sick. The IUD was the best for me in all ways. You should ask your doc. about the IUD.

Holly - posted on 02/17/2010

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ive had it after all my kids and i think its great..its important to get it put in in the right stage of your cycle though or you can have messed up periods for a while...but other then that its very efective and worked well for me because i didnt have to remeber to take anything...lol...it doesnt hurt a bit gettin it put in,and you cant realy feel it there unless you are looking for it.

Jenny - posted on 02/17/2010

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thank you girls for your comments, they were very helpful and made me not be scared as much.

Calina - posted on 02/17/2010

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Yeah i have to agree it doesnt hurt just the numbing stuff does. I have had it twice and both times i have never gotten my period - though i did put on a bit of weight not alot or anything just a couple of kilos. I know girls who have had to have it out after a month as they just get there period the whole time and its heavy. See how you go i love it im one who forgets about taking the pill... Good Luck youll be right :D

Tcordukes - posted on 02/17/2010

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it's a needle when they put it in a huge needle but a needle... lol.... they numb ur arm so u dont feel it. i'm on my second one and i love i. they do cut u when they take it out but u don't even need a stitch its very tiny...

Sneaky - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi Jenny. I have had it twice now and will be getting my third done after this bub is born :o)

I DO have a really weak stomach, so I hated the idea of having something implanted under my skin, but the first time it was so far back in my inner arm I never noticed it (second time it was further forward so I kept 'knocking' it - very annoying. Will have third one implanted at original site).

Sooooooo, the local anesthetic stings a lot but not for long. Like Adrea said, it is inserted with a needle so should only leave a really small crescent shaped scar (mine have faded so that you can barely see them) and there will be some SPECTACULAR bruising afterward :o) The only trouble I had with the insertion was the pushing and pulling I could feel (it does not hurt because of the anesthetic but you can still feel it) which made me feel sick to my stomach. I just let the doctor know so I could stay laying down for a while and take my time getting up afterward and I was fine.

Removal is basically the same - local anesthetic, pulling and pushing, but they will use a scalpel to make a tiny cut to grab the end of the implant and pull it out (for my first the implant had moved a bit so the removal scar is about 1cm from the insertion, with my second I only had it in for a few months so they just cut over the insertion scar to remove it) and there was no bruising that I remembered, just some tenderness.

Seriously, both the insertion by the needle and the removal cut are small they do not even need stitches. It is OK to be nervous about the idea (I was and will be again when I go for the next one!) but it lasts for three years so I would rather have the hassle of having it inserted and removed then getting injected every three months.

If you do decide to do it, the only advice I can give you is to try and relax . . it ain't nearly as bad as child birth :o)

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I have it, I got it put in 3 weeks ago. They numb your arm you don't feel a thing! And they didn't make a cut on me they just used a hollow needle to insert it. It buirsed a little but is just fine now. You can't even tell

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I have it, I got it put in 3 weeks ago. They numb your arm you don't feel a thing! And they didn't make a cut on me they just used a hollow needle to insert it. It buirsed a little but is just fine now. You can't even tell

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I have it, I got it put in 3 weeks ago. They numb your arm you don't feel a thing! And they didn't make a cut on me they just used a hollow needle to insert it. It buirsed a little but is just fine now. You can't even tell

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