What is the Nexplanon? “NEXPLANON is the small, thin and flexible arm implant that provides up to 3 years of continuous birth control.That’s why NEXPLANON is considered a long-acting birth control option. It’s placed discreetly under the skin of your inner, upper arm by your health care provider. It’s also reversible and can be removed by your health care provider at any time during the 3 year period…Hormones in birth control stop an egg from being released by your ovary and also prevent sperm from reaching the egg. NEXPLANON puts a steady, low dose of hormone into your bloodstream. NEXPLANON works for up to 3 years to prevent pregnancy.”
*This photo was taken 6 days after implantation
My fall semester of my sophomore year of college I decided I wanted to get the implant, for my lifestyle this seemed better than the pill because I didn’t need to remember to take anything. On November 13, 2015, I had the Nexplanon implanted into my right arm. My doctor used a local anesthetic so the (mini) procedure wasn’t painful at all, but my arm was sore for about a week. I had her put it in my right arm because I’m a lefty, so getting shots and getting blood taken out my right arm is preferred.
They told me that I might spot for a week or two after receiving the implant, and I did. Then for about 4 months, I didn’t get my period which was amazing! But then I started to bleed all the time, for like 2 weeks at a time. I talked to my doctor and asked if this was normal and if it would go away. The bleeding was SUPER annoying and inconvenient. I debated on getting it removed, that’s how long I had to deal with it. I made an appointment to have the implant removed by my doctor and when I arrived she recommended that I take the birth control pill, in addition to having the implant, to control the bleeding. I was really annoyed because I got the implant so I wouldn’t need to take the pill. But because the implant is 99% effective and the birth control pill is less than 90% effective I decided to keep both.
So now, I take my birth control pills daily and skip the sugar week and just continue onto the next pack, I usually get a light period once every 3 months or so, but I think that’s just my body regulating itself.
I know other girls that had great success with the implant, but I personally have not.