I posted this on the Implanon - weight gain thread by accident. It really ought to be on this one.
Also I have an update - I do in fact have an Ovarian Cyst now as well, and have been told to book a follow up next week.
I am coming off the implant, but apparently nobody knows who at my GP would remove it and I need a doctors appointment first. *sigh* I have booked one for Monday I hope I can get this thing out of me next week!
Back to condoms and a prayer. Joy.
I just want to put my experience on here and see if anyone else has had similar. (Seems like lots of you have from what I have read).
Firstly, I had severe migraine with Aura when on the pill, I am now not allowed to take the pill or any other method of contraception with the same ingredients, so this means no injections either.
Secondly my only other option other than implanon is a coil, but a friend of mine got pregnant with the coil still in, not only is this is somewhat inconvenient, but it cause a hell of a lot of complications during the pregnancy as they could not get the coil removed as it moved inside her. Seeing what she went through and how really dangerous it was, has put me off getting a coil.
So its implanon or fingers crossed and a little prayer. Yes we can use condoms on their own, but I have had so many split or get lost in me, I may as well just cross my fingers and say a little prayer each time I have sex.
So January 2010, I found out about implanon and I found out I could actually use it. I was over the moon. I did 2 pregnancy tests before it went in, to be sure.
Since then, I have had about 2 to 3 periods a month - not 'spotting' like I was told, full on bloating, upset tummy, mood swings, cramps, faintness, bleeding. I also noticed the blood was different most of the time, light pink or brown, but never what I had experienced before. I am told this is because there is little lining left to shed with implanon, which sounds gross.
About 6 months ago, after several visits to my doctor I had yet another smear test and I found I had pre cancerous cells. I went and had them removed, which was awful and there were obviously complications while I was healing.
January 2011, a year later I had a full month or normal cycle. I had another full month of normal cycle in February. By this I mean 7 day periods, only once a month.
This month I went for my 6 month check up post cell removal, and I am told that there are more abnormal cells. In addition I finished my period on the wednesday, had my smear on the thursday, and then the following Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I was extremely bloated, upset tummy, faintness, moods swings, and a period on Wednesday, only 1 week after my last one. In addition this has been making me feel very unwell, I am so bloated I cannot fit into my clothes, and for 24 hours over this weekend it went away, only to come back last night.
I saw my doctor this morning. She is convinced there is no link between the implanon and my pre cancerous cells, but this was a coincidence and is confusing the matter. She may well be right.
She has also said that there really are no other options for me, so I should wait it out. Also she hinted that my clock was ticking and should probably think of kids anyway! There is nothing they can give me to help with the irregular bleeding, as I was unable to take the pill etc.
I am now at my wits end, will this get better, or should I have it removed? I am in no position mentally or financially to have a baby, in fact I have no desire to be a parent at all. I want my sex life back, I am sick of saying not tonight I am bleeding again love. Unlike some others in implanon I still do have a sex drive.
I am sick of being tired, having no energy, I lost some weight when I started with implanon and now I am gaining quite a bit. I also have sore breasts a lot of the time, and suffer from panic attacks and feeling sorry for myself.
What I want to hear is that later down the line, this gets better.. I would also be interested in hearing about any other ladies with abnormal smear tests after going on implanon, I cannot see how its connected to be honest, but you just never know.
I am scheduled for a scan next thursday to check my ovaries to rule anything out in that area as well.