Like loads of people before me I just want to say thanks as well for posting your experiences. At 1st I thought it was just me but then I read what was happening to other people and it was such a relief to know I wasn't alone.
I got the implant about november time last year. I was on the pill (cilest) for about 6/7 yearss before that. I have always suffered really bad period pain on the pill so thought I would look into alternative contraception.
I had read a bit about side effects and long periods so I asked the doctor about it at my appointment at the clinic. She just said ‘everyone’s different’ so I thought I would give it a go. I really now wish I hadn’t because it has ruined so much
At first I was taking the pill with the implant to try and control my periods because I was just constantly bleeding. My periods then regulated about jan time so I stopped taking the pill jan/feb time. At first like many others I thought the implant was great – my periods had seemed to stop altogether and I didn’t have bad period pain anymore! I also didn’t seem to be putting on much or any weight although I have always been pretty slim.
It’s not until the break up between me and my boyfriend that I’ve realised what it’s been doing to me.
I was arguing with him for no reason or for ridiculous things that shouldn’t have bothered me. I would just feel so wound up and like my blood was boiling that I couldn’t control what I did or said. I would also get upset about nothing or the simplest of things! I’m totally gutted about all this because I don’t think he wants to speak to me anymore because he feels the way I treated him was just out of control and he can’t forget it. I wish he would read what people are saying here and see that that wasn’t me and I’m not that person and for him to give me another chance
Now on thinking back I can see a lot of side effects here which I didn’t realise could be related to the implant. I have IBS which has been pretty bad recently I get bad stomach pains, cramps and bloating which could actually be related to the implant. (have been taking medicine for my ibs for months which hasn’t helped at all)
Have also been quite a panicky and stressed person recently (I just blamed stress at work) had no idea that could be linked to the implant as well. Other things that may be linked are headaches, feeling pretty down and crying a lot for no reason, dizziness, and anxiety.
The one thing I have found different from others is that I haven’t put on weight on the implant (although I’ve always been skinny) and after jan/feb time I didn’t get anymore bleeding. Have any others been like this?
Also I was wondering when most people got affected by the mood swings? How many months into getting the implant and if anything made it worse? Also what I don’t get is how they know what dose of hormones are going into your body from the implant? Mean we are not all the same size and what might be ok for one person could be a huge overdose to the next person.
Anyway sorry for rambling and I wish everyone out there good luck
I will try to keep you updated once I get the implant out (Monday hopefully) and try to return to normal life. Whether my relationship can be saved or not I do not know