ShannonD wrote:Hi, I'm 17 and planned to get the implant next week. Seeing as I'm a woman, and a teenager at that, my weight has always been a major concern of mine and I'm terrified of getting the implant now because of all these stories of dramatic weight gains. I don't think I could cope with gaining an extra stone, never mind 2 :/ is there any advice on any surgical contraceptives that doesn't seem to have affected people's weight gain? I don't want to go on the pill, I'm more than likely to forget about it most days, so I think a surgical option is the only way forward for me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
You could always try an IUD... Those are inserted and last for 5 years. I have seen mixed reviews on those as well... I think it really depends on the person.
I would not recommend Implanon. This year in December it will be 3 years and I made an appointment about a month ago to have it removed. I go Thursday and I am SO EXCITED to get rid of this thing. When I first decided to get it, I thought it would be a great option. It was my first birth control other than the mini pill... which I loved.
At first, my hair started falling out, but that was supposedly a normal side effect while adjusting. It stopped after about 3 months. I notice though that I started having really bad stomach issues and allergies to foods I never had an issue with before. I felt sick all the time and still do. I became deficient in several vitamins, which I never had a problem with previously. I don't care what people say, if these side effects are listed, it is possible to experience them! I have insomnia and I go from being happy to randomly upset around the time for my period to come. I will burst out in tears crying over irrational things.
I haven't had a problem with breakthrough bleeding. I normally have a period every three months. It is heavier than before, but not terrible. The cramps are terrible though. Sometimes I feel like I am in labor again.
For anyone looking at this implant... Take some time to research. It is expensive and has a lot of negative side effects. If you do get the Implanon, do not be afraid to get it out or talk to someone. Be assertive! Healthcare is your choice and they cannot refuse to remove it because they don't think you're reason is viable. That is grounds for a lawsuit!