I’ve been wanting to blog about this for awhile now but I wanted to make sure I gave my body time to adjust. I would have hated to write a blog post too early, then have the shit hit the fan. Back in November after doing some research and talking with friends, I made an appointment at Planned Parenthood to get the Nexplanon Implant. The reason I went with this is because I wanted something that would last a few years (3-4) and was pretty much “set it and forget it.” I know a lot of people are fans of the IUD but I’m not a huge fan of having something floating around in there that doesn’t really need to be there. I know, instead I have something chilling in my arm but that’s my arm. It’s different!
The appointment itself was pretty easy! I didn’t need an exam before hand (this might differ depending on when your last exam was), and everyone was really nice. I’ve used this Planned Parenthood before, so I really didn’t have any concerns about my care or treatment. I basically just laid back on a table, rolled up my sleeves, and the doctor talked me through what she was doing. Now, I confess I hate needles which means I didn’t watch her do the procedure. But there wasn’t much pain, more just a weird feeling. After it was implanted the doctor had me feel where it was. I’m not going to lie, it was weird as hell! I mean, there’s this little thing inside your arm! After that she wrapped it up with some gauze and gave me an info card that had the expiration date and other information on it. Obviously before all this they went over side effects and what not. If you’re curious, my health insurance covered pretty much all of it. I ended up only paying $6. This of course all depends on the type of insurance you have! Be sure to check before jumping into it.
That was November 21st. Let’s fast forward to December 14th where I had a period that lasted for about 8 days. This is a huge difference as normally I’m about 4-5 days. I’ll be honest, when reading reviews a lot of people mentioned never ending periods. I was paranoid that this was going to be my fate. It was very light though. Which I guess is almost more annoying because you think it’s gone but surprise! Then January 11th rolled around and I ended up with another light 7 day period. When I say light, two of those days I had no bleeding. It is now March and I haven’t had any bleeding since! Hooray! This could all change of course but I feel pretty confident that I’m one of the lucky people who will now be period free.
So, after 5 months I have to say I’m pretty pleased! I haven’t experienced any of the other side effects like change in appetite, acne, or mood swings. Every now and then I might experience a weird feeling where the implant is but it’s nothing serious. I think it’s more a mental thing. I do love freaking people out though and asking them to touch it! It’s a pretty cool party trick guys. You do end up with a little mark/scar where it was implanted but it’s a small price to pay!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll answer them the best I can!