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What are you thoughts about the birth control, Implanon?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Hello Everyone,

I have been using regular Junel FE birth control pills for the past 7 years. After some research I've decided it would be a good idea to switch. I'm scared of what effect the hormones may be having on my body, along with possible risk of blood clots.

A friend of mine told me to look into the birth control, Implanon. I was hoping the Paleohacks community could give me some insight.

Do any of you use Implanon? What has been your experience with the birth control? What risks are you aware of? Would you recommend Implanon? If you would not recommend Implanon, what birth control would your recommend I look into?

I am a 25 year old single female that has been using Junel FE for about 7 years. I do not want to get pregnant any time in the near future.

I appreciate any advice and suggestions. Please let me know if you need more information.

NOTE: I have read through several Paleohack threads regarding birth control; however, I wanted to start a thread regarding Implanon because I had never heard of this form of birth control until my friend mentioned it to me yesterday. I'm trying to absorb as much first hand information as possible.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Have you tried a diaphragm? It's so easy. You can use manuka honey instead of spermicide, so no reactivity to anything. Wish I had discovered it in my 20s....

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on February 10, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Not tried it! You are right that it's worth looking into, but I daren't put honey or spermicide anywhere near me as I'm extremely prone to yeast infections (thanks, antibiotics!) I will look into it next when I'm in the UK. I live in the UAE and some forms of BC are only available to married women

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on February 10, 2013
at 08:15 AM

I like this answer.

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on February 10, 2013
at 08:15 AM

I have a feeling that we are all on their list, Roth. Anyone below a few million $

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

@roth, lol ?

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on February 09, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Planned Parenthood wants to systemically cleanse the world of low-income blacks.

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on February 09, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Thank you RK. Before I posted this thread, I had previously searched through the Paleohacks former birth control postings. I did see some informative information, but I wanted to write a post dedicated to Implanon. I had never heard of this birth control before until a friend mentioned it to me.

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C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

on February 09, 2013
at 04:10 AM

I would never take a hormonal birth control pill. I understand that it is tough guarding against unwanted pregnancy. I did use the IUD and it worked well until we wanted another child.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-implant-implanon-4243.htm

The Planned Parenhood site gives you pros and cons.

Good luck doing what you feel is right for you and your body. Read as much as you can, everywhere.

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

@roth, lol ?

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

(842)

on February 10, 2013
at 08:15 AM

I have a feeling that we are all on their list, Roth. Anyone below a few million $

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(2919)

on February 09, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Planned Parenthood wants to systemically cleanse the world of low-income blacks.

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on February 09, 2013
at 04:00 AM

I'm under the impression that any type of hormonal birth control is going to mess with your system.

I still recommend getting a Paraguard IUD. Nothing beats the convenience of a an implant and its hormone free.

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on February 09, 2013
at 02:59 AM

You should do a search for birth control on here - there's a lot of good info on various threads. Personally, I use a combination of barrier methods coupled with fertility awareness. I'm not comfortable with any hormonal option. You can see more detail in my answer here:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/126989/whats-the-deal-with-birth-control/177658#177658

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on February 09, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Thank you RK. Before I posted this thread, I had previously searched through the Paleohacks former birth control postings. I did see some informative information, but I wanted to write a post dedicated to Implanon. I had never heard of this birth control before until a friend mentioned it to me.

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on February 10, 2013
at 08:15 AM

I like this answer.

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on February 09, 2013
at 06:23 PM

DO NOT MESS WITH IMPLANON!!!!!!!! IT'S AWFUL!!!!!!!! Personal experience, I could not handle it. It has a ridiculous list of side affects that you DO NOT want to deal with. You my or may not get your period each month, most likely you will but it will be lighter and shorter, but you will have a lot of light bleeding most of the month- it's horrible. Aside from that, horrible mood swings, overly emotional, and once a month my body acted as if I were in the early stages of pregnancy. I HATED it. I had it removed after about eight months. I have friends who work in medical clinics and they are constantly having people come in to have it removed- most people hate it. Do some research, but it's awful, and if you don't have insurance and don't like it, it's expensive to have it removed. I have tried many different forms of bc and have decided I'm not putting those nasty chemicals, or whatever they put in that junk, in my body anymore. As far as the IUD, it's a great alternative, but there are currently a lot of complaints about that- along with a lot of lawsuits because it comes out of place and has to be surgically removed... I would look into natural family panning... it's chemical free and teaches you how to recognize when you are fertile and when you are not... much better option. Or simply go to the lowest hormone bc available... Implanon, just don't go there...

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on February 09, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Having tried hormonal birth control and experiencing awful side-effects (weight gain, extreme nausea, all-over feeling of "blah"), my boyfriend and I have just stuck to using condoms. Two pros to rubbers are that it helps him last longer and we don't have a mess to clean up afterwards :)

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on February 09, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Do NOT recommend. The level of hormones are high and side effects (mood swings, weight gain, depression, low libido etc) can be horrible. I know a lot of women who have had implants removed, plus male friends whose relationships went down the pan after implanon and other hormonal BCs made their girlfriends psychotic, lose their libido, gain weight, etc

The only hormonal BC I would recommend you consider is Mirena or the newer, lower-dose Skyla. I'm too scared of side effects to do it myself!

If you don't have cramps or heavy periods then maybe paraguard is a good option, but it's a little harder to have it inserted if you've not had any kids.

I had a horrible experience with microgynon and lowgynon and haven't been on hormonal BC since, as I spent 3 years single and then 1 year in a guy who had a vasectomy.

With my current partner, we use tracking, which is quite irresponsible considering we are both in our mid-20s and presumably quite fertile. I'm considering paraguard despite being contra-indicated due to bad dysmenorrhea and not having had children yet. Maybe I'll try the Skyla

If only the reversible polymer vasectomy option had made it to mainstream...

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Have you tried a diaphragm? It's so easy. You can use manuka honey instead of spermicide, so no reactivity to anything. Wish I had discovered it in my 20s....

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on February 10, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Not tried it! You are right that it's worth looking into, but I daren't put honey or spermicide anywhere near me as I'm extremely prone to yeast infections (thanks, antibiotics!) I will look into it next when I'm in the UK. I live in the UAE and some forms of BC are only available to married women

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on May 23, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I am a 25 y/o in a monogomous relationshp. I had the worst time finding a birth control that I liked: i would forget the pill, gained weight and experienced mood swings on the depo, had pain and didnt like the hassle of the nuvaring, and smoked for 5 years which increased my chances for a blod clot using the patch.
For the past three years, I had the implanon. The insertion wasn't bad since my doctor numbe the area first, but I did experience slight throbbing and pain while the incision healed. While I was on implanon my periods varied; sometimes I would not have one for two months, sometmes I would bleed for 6 weeks, for a couple months at a time I would have a regular period. I also had intermittent spotting that could last for long periods of time. The only other side effect I experienced while on the implanon were mood swings. Every once in a while they were severe and caused some issues for my relationship. I rarely experienced cramps, and broke out with acne only a couple times (which is normal for me annyways). I really enjoyed being able to forget about it, and had some interesting reactions explaining it to people who didn't know what it was.
Today, however, I had the implanon taken out and replaced with my first IUD, Skylar. I was suggested Skylar by one of my parents who is an OBGYN. I haven't had any children yet, so the smaller size of the Skylar would be more comfortalbe than the larger Mirena; also, the Skylar only lasts for 3 years while the Mirena lasts for 5. For the insertion, I had no idea what to expect. The experience itself was very unpleasant. The doctor dilated my cervix and measured the depth; this was excruciating, and caused me to involuntarily shout, jerk forward and clench the table beneath me. Beyond that, the actual insertion was not bad. It felt like s pinch, compared to the measuring. The problem came after the insertion. After laying on the table for about 5 minutes (per the doctor's instruction), I tried to sit up, and found myself extremely dizzy and nauseous. I had read that dizziness was a possible side effect from insertion, but this was very jarring to me. I had to lay back down to releive the nausea and cool down from the sweat caused by both the lightheadedness and the nausea. Since the appointment (approximately 2 1/2 hours ago), I had experienced excrutiating pain, driving home i actually thought I may crash from distraction and weakness. I began using a heating pad, and the pain continued (and at times worsene) until about 15 minutes ago. Currently, it feels like a bad cramp. I'm not sure yet how the new IUD will affect my periods- Ive heard it varies depending on the individual, but normally they last about 3 days with some spotting.
So far, even though the Implanon and Skyla have some adverse effects, the implant/IUD road is still most worth it in my opinion. Hope this helps!

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