Just under a year ago I uploaded my ‘Experience with the Contraceptive Implant’ post and thought I’d update you on how I got on with it!
As I mentioned previously, my first two months were fine, I had little-no side effect and didn’t struggle with irregular periods as a result…
After the 12 week mark I had my first proper period on it and I was on/off for 3 months- I’d have 4 days off and 6 days on. It drove me to the brink of insanity and when I called the doctors to ask if it was normal all they wanted to know was if I had been bleeding bright red blood as that is a sign of infection. Luckily I hadn’t been and they said it’s just my period regulating itself. So I stuck with it for a few more weeks and as annoying as it was, I noticed how much difference it had made to my pains.
Before I was on the implant, my periods were incredibly irregular due to my eating disorder and when I did have one I would be in agony for days. I had to take time out of school, I couldn’t eat, I was constantly sick - it was horrible. But although my pain was still there with the implant, it had subsided so much. All I needed was a hot water bottle.
In early January, I called the doctors again to say my periods were still abnormal and they put me on the Oestrogen Pill for 3 months - if you can remember from my previous blog I was totally against the pill but knew this was realistically the only way to sort myself out. Within 48 hours of being on it my seemingly never ending period had stopped and luckily no mental / physical difference happened; I.E depression, acne, weight gain etc…I continued with the 3 month experiment and when I had my first period about 5 weeks in it was back to normal and lasted less than a week. From that point I’ve had periods every 5-8 weeks since coming off the pill.
Overall I am happy being on the implant, other than the 2 months I struggled with my period from hell (which the second nurse I spoke to said they should have put me on the pill the first time I called), I’ve been able to carry on life like normal and not struggle as much with period pains. I react badly to some medication since being on the implant but I had surgery just before I had it put in so there is no proof the implant caused this. It easily could have been the surgery!
When my renewal is due in 2 years time I will definitely be choosing the implant again!