MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE IMPLANT

Friday, 5 June 2015
Ah, today is the day that I have been dreading for the past three years as I am having my implant replaced. 
Today's post is one which is quite different to what you normally see here on my blog but I feel like it's something which I wanted to talk about as from what I can see, not many people have. So yes, I am going to talk about my experience with the Contraceptive Implant.

For those of you who do not know what the implant is: 
  1. "An implant is a small flexible rod that is placed just under your skin in your upper arm. It releases a progestogen hormone similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries and works for up to three years." - (source)
So basically, it is another way of stopping you from getting pregnant without all of the faff of taking a pill each day. Initially, I went on the pill because I was having a problem with my periods as they would either last over a month or be non existent however, I am really forgetful so after a while of being fairly good I started forgetting and messing about with hormones is risky enough as it is but forgetting to take what is supposed to help you is going to cause more issues. 

After about a year on the pill, I decided to make the decision to switch over to the implant. That way I wouldn't need to remember to take anything each day, or in fact, I didn't need to do anything at all for the next three years. Wahey! 

Off I went to the doctors surgery. She numbed my arm and as I hate needles, I chose to look away the entire time so I don't really know what the procedure was (you could Google it) but after about 10 minutes I was good and ready to go back to Sixth form. But then I fainted. Yep, how embarrassing. I was granted the day off sixth form due to this which made the entire experience a lot more dramatic than it was but I have been known to faint. 

For the first few months, I must admit it was a nightmare (not as bad as it was before the pill though.) My periods had got heavier and were lasting for ages but obviously my body needed time to re-adjust to this new thingy in my arm. But once it had settled down, I was fine! Back to being on once a month and for only a week at a time instead of for ages. 

So I may had told a small white lie in the top paragraph as I had actual pre-written this entire section but now I am going to tell you how my day went for the replacement procedure: 

(01/06) I get so much anxiety on the lead up to anything (long trips, appointments of any kind, interviews etc etc), which according to my old therapist is called something like anticipation anxiety of something like that. I managed to eat/drink a breakfast drink which I must admit helped quite a lot, as I didn't feel quite as drained like normal. I went into the doctors room and I was greeted by the doctor who was doing the procedure and the accompanying nurse. Keiran came with me and held my hand the whole way though. 

I had two injections in my arm because *apparently* the first implant was in the wrong place *face palm.* After a bit of a struggle to get the first implant out and the doctor having to make a bigger hole than normal, she put some butterfly stitches on to keep it together. Then, I heard a click noise and she said we were done! Me feeling completely out of it by this point, had no idea that she had ALREADY put in the second implant in the correct place and she was helping me up to send me on my way. Keiran helped me up (and more importantly, was ready to catch me in case I passed out again) and I was fine! Admittedly, after walking into the waiting room to leave, I did feel like I was going to pass out but fortunately I didn't. I decided I wanted to take a taxi home instead just in case (plus I wanted to get home as I knew I had loads of parcels coming hehe.) After getting home, the whole outing had made me incredibly tired so I decided to take a nap  and then I was woken up by Keiran bringing in three parcels for me *squeee*

- Apologies in advance if you are squeemish, incoming wound images- 

(03/06) I took this picture of my arm literally a few minutes ago. I was advised by the doctor to keep the bandage on until it falls off by itself, and then I can sort out the butterfly stitches. Sleeping for the first night was a bit awkward as I was trying not to lie on it but at the same time I am a fidget!!
(04/06) Today, I removed the bandage and to no surprise, I have a rather bruised arm. You can see where the old implant used to be and where the new one now is. I decided to remove the bandage early because it was irritating my skin so I thought it would be comfier. I need to keep the butterfly stitches on for a few more days. 

That concludes todays post. Apologies again if you are squeemish (like me.) Let me know if you have had the implant, if you have considered it or are getting it!

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22 comments on "MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE IMPLANT"
  1. My body was not a fan of the implant. I had pretty much constant spotting and periods during the third year. So I didn't get it replaced. Mine was tricky to get out too but she wouldn't cut a bigger hole so she poked around for half an hour and finally got it out as the anaesthetic was wearing off! Luckily I'm not at all squeamish or scared of needles so I watched the whole thing!
    Glad you've had positive experiences on it but the pill is just a better suit to me now. Xx

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    1. Aw no! You've just got to find what suits you. I know people who have the coil but I don't think I would handle people poking about down there haha xx

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  2. Loved this post Sarah! I've got the implant and it's been an absolute dream. I don't use it for the purpose of controlling my periods, purely for contraceptive purposes. I don't have periods at all, unless I am super stressed (e.g. exam results) and I've had two since the end of 2013. I am nervous to get mine replaced, but it was so quick having it in to start with that I couldn't imagine it being bad! I get the same type of anxiety and the longer the wait, the worse (on the day)!

    I didn't watch the procedure when I got it put in either, needles don't bother me really but I am also prone to fainting so I choose not to these days. It is such a relief not to remember to take the pill every day and it's definitely worth not having the worry if I had missed it!

    Laura | www.laurahadley.co.uk
    xxx

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    1. Yeah, I'm glad that you've had a good experience too! Xx

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  3. I have had it for a good few years....I am onto my 2nd one now. I thought getting it replaced was easier and less stressful than getting the first one put in....I'm not planning on having any more kids so it works perfectly for me....The joy of having barely any periods is a real bonus!

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    1. Same here! I like how you can completely ignore it (unless you sleep on your arm and it goes dead haha) xx

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    1. I was considering the injection however I am afraid of needles so I decided to go with the implant! I'm glad that I decided to get it replaced though xx

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  5. I have never heard of this implant before, I don't think I'm brave enough to try it. I am thinking of putting in a coil instead :)

    Celia from http://brandobeauty.uk

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    1. I'm like that with the coil haha! xx

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    2. No implant for me just sticking with the pill haha

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  6. I've never had anything but the pill, the thought of something in my arm terrifies me! I like to take my pill everyday, I'd forget when my period was otherwise! haha! I guess we are lucky to have many forms of contraception available to us.

    Georgia x

    Georgia Petite

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    1. It's weird getting used to having it there, but after a week or two your forget it's there! It's great that we have so many different forms of contraception these days, and it's great to see what they'll come up with in the future (especially if they come up with something for guys!) xx

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  7. I feel sick just reading this hahahahha I'm super squeamish I hate it! It is something I would consider though x
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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  8. I definitely don't think I could get the implant, just the thought of something weird being in my arm grosses me out, which is strange because I have (and have had) sooooo many different piercings aha! it's good that it works for you though!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Haha! It is a strange feeling at first but you get used to it :) x

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  9. I had an implant a few years ago and it didn't work for me at all! I have to stick to the pill for life!:(

    KLAUDIA CLARA

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    1. Sorry to hear it didn't work out for you but at least you've found something that works! :) X

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  10. I had the implant and it didn't hurt me at all when it got put in. I recently just hit the 3 year point and had a new one put in. I was really scared about having it out but again, it didn't hurt at all. I'd definitely never use any other form of contraceptive. Although my bleeding is more regular, I find it's definitely the easiest contraceptive, not having to worry about taking anything/keep going back to get the injection every 3months (?) etc. :) xx

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  11. I had the implant and I liked it at first because of having very few periods. Near the end it got really unpredictable and I was on my period for weeks at at time so I got it taken out (a month before it was due out). The doctor had a hard time taking mine out and it was awful, so much blood! I didn't bruise at all though and I bruised so badly when I had it put in. I'm now on Cerelle (mini pill) and it seems to have stopped my periods. :)

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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