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The contraceptive implant is a small flexible plastic rod that’s placed under the skin in your upper arm by a doctor or nurse. It releases the hormone progestogen gradually into your bloodstream and is effective for 3 years. It's one of the most effective forms of contraception out there and is great if you find it difficult to remember to take the pill every day.

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Implant benefits

Some of the benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Heavy periods

Ovulation pain

Period pain

Implant ingredients

Main hormones in Implant

progestogen

Implant alternatives

Contraceptives that work in similar ways, or brands that have close or exactly the same hormonal ingredients


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
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  •  11th Dec 22

I only experienced two main side effects with the implant- low mood and constant spotting. If it wasn’t for these, the implant would have been amazing. When I say low mood I mean extreme depression. After just one month on it I had to start therapy which led to a 10 week cbt course, multiple psychiatrists, dropping out of school, and in general just ruining my life. As soon as I got it removed I felt a million times better. The spotting was annoying but nothing compared to the psychological side effects for me. I’m about to start the millinette pill after a year of no contraception and I’m hoping I don’t experience the same again as it is absolutely not worth it.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
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  •  13th Nov 22

Swapped to this from the Kyleena IUS and it is honestly worth it, the one reason why im not using now is that I wanted my periods back. Fuss free, side effect free contraception that is 99.95% effective!


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
19 years old
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  •  1st Nov 22

I've had the nexplanon implant for almost four years, however I just got it removed today. I was 15 when I got my first implant and I think at the time was a bit young to compare the before to after, however I bled constantly (most spotting but intermittently heavier) for about 6 months after insertion. My periods are really irregular; sometimes they don't come for months and are lighter, sometimes I bleed for 2+ weeks. Over time, my periods did level out a bit. I quite liked having lighter/irregular periods so it was a shame that they came back heavier and more frequently. I strugglele with depression, anxiety and OCD and I believe nexplanon exacerbates this: becoming very stuck in extremely frequent bad moods. I haven't been off the hormones long enough to give a comparison post-hormones, however I hope that life will become lighter and happier. I just want my body back! When I first got the implant, it was more my boyfriend at the time's decision than mine, so I feel very happy to reclaim my natural body. I'm getting the copper IUD inserted in a month as I am done with hormonal birth control.


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Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
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  •  26th Aug 21

Apart from getting it changed every 3 years this contraception is totally management free and painless to receive. I benefitted from using the implant between the age of 16 until I was 27 (so was on my 4th implant when I had it removed and not replaced). The consistent downside of this contraception for me was the spotting between periods/the irregular periods - sometimes you would only get a week break between spotting and periods! Often my periods would last 5-10 days. I found that the Implant worked best with my cycle in the first 12-24 months after incision because my periods were predictable (though not 4 weekly, more like 8-12 weekly) with no spotting inbetween; however once you neared the final few months before needing it changed periods seemed all over the place. (I must say, though, that I have a few friends who had no periods and total hassle free contraception - I think it's luck of the draw.) I ended up getting it removed early last year because I found I was starting to get serious brain fog coupled with a very low sex drive and feeling constantly down for no justifiable reason. I almost started to feel absent from any emotion and quite robotic. I must stress, however, I think this is more a result of 11 years of continuous hormonal contraception and not something I felt was an after effect of the Impant specifically. I can honestly say I felt no immediate side effects when getting the Implant in and the pros outweighed the cons in my mind. I've seen research to suggest it is beneficial to take breaks from hormonal contraception which is what I'm doing now. I would still revert back to using the Implant when needed as I got to a stage where I could predict which cycles would result in spotting and which wouldn't. The breaks between periods felt a huge plus for me.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
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  •  24th Aug 21

Insertion was fine, completely painless. First few months seemed fine too, and my periods stopped which to me was a bonus. But then I started having really bad mood swings, feeling really sensitive, crying for no reason, constant feelings of hopelessness, I was so depressed I ended up on anti-depressants. There was a lot going on for me at the time so it only occurred to me after several months and reading some other women's experiences online one night that it was potentially down to the implant. I made a appointment the next day to have it removed and it was slightly more painful than having it put in, but it was so worth it I felt so relieved!!


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
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  •  5th Jul 21

I have Endometriosis and PCOS and this contraception has been a game changer for me


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
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  •  5th Jul 21

Hormonal contraceptives are not for everyone, it’s important to note any mood changes. It would be great if women were told that the implant could significantly reduce their sex drive, impact their mood, increase migraines & headaches and potentially cause other funny symptoms


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
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  •  4th Jul 21

In theory the implant is great but it has really effected my periods which became heavy, irregular and more frequent. I now have at least 2 periods every month!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
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  •  4th Jul 21

Have found that the implant doesn't agree with me at all and I'm having it removed in a couple of days.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
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  •  15th May 21

Started off great, until my periods became non-stop. I also experience pain during sex which has stopped completely since having the implant removed.


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