Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The truth about the Implanon...

I have created this site for women to discuss their experiences of Implanon. 

Before I chose it, a year ago, as my method of contraception, I researched the implant on the web. I thought I had found all of the information irregular bleeding etc but I did not find out about the Implanon's link to depression and anxiety until it was in my body and I was living through it. 

There is a gap in the information provided to women about this prosthetic hormone implant and I would welcome people to share their stories so that other women can be informed.

Many of the women I have spoken to, or whose stories I have read since, did not link their states of depression, anger and anxiety to the Implanon. Like me, they thought that life that was the issue and it has taken months / years for people to figure out what is causing the emotional disturbance. In one story I read, a woman was placed in a mental health ward and administered anti - depressants whilst on Implanon. Her emotions returned to normal once the implant was removed. The underlying fact is, Progesterone contains a neurological stimulant known to cause anxiety. 

After my experience on the Implanon, I believe that this form of contraception should come with a psychological assessment from your GP or Nurse to make sure that you are not suffering from inadvertent depression, caused by the steroid in Implanon. I was left for 8 months to battle with it. The day after the implant was removed, a felt a change and I can honestly say, 2 weeks later, I feel back to normal and out of the dark hole I was in. 

If you have felt the same or feel the same, please share you story.

Implant Girl xxx

215 comments:

  1. so glad i'm here, had the implant for near 8 weeks and felt the nasty angry depressive feelings shortly after :0( i tried putting it down to all sorts, day to day stress , kids off school, dieting etc etc but I KNOW its the implant. i have NEVER felt like this in all my life, i snap at the smallest of things and feel constantly angry at everything and everyone. i even drove through town the other day thinking if anyone pisses me off i'm just going to run them over then 30 minutes later thinking i could really drive head on into a brick wall :0( tonight i sat and thought about cutting the implant out myself as i just can't take it anymore x i've sat and cried for 3 days, my kids have sat and asked whats wrong mummy but i have no reason :0( i want to be the happy bubbly person i was 8 weeks ago ..............if the dr don't or can't take it on monday i am doing it myself

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    1. I had my implanon inserted January 2013... Found out I was pregnant August 2013

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    2. I came off it as had irregular periods and terrible mood swings that almost destroyed my marriage it was definitely the worst method of contraception I have ever used I have always found the contraceptive pill better.

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    3. my daughter had the implant two and a half months ago..... a month after she took an overdose and said she didnt want to live, then another four weeks after that, this past weekend, she totally flipped again and was out of control, aggressive ..... she is usually a happy lady dealing with life problems but since she had the implanon inserted she changed almost immediately.. thank god she had it removed at her insistence today , i look forward to getting my girl back. her gp who removed it today was adamant that her behavious 'had nothing to do with the implant'.... i think we know better, especially since reading all the comments and all the information on the internet now about the instances of suicidal thoughts and depression related to implanon. she was on anti depressants and high blood pressure medication, has a four month old baby, why of why was she advised by this gp to have such an implant when he obviously hasnt a clue as to the implications..... or maybe he has but the incentives to use this particular implant were too great to refuse.... shame on you doctor and shame on you the manufacturer. so sad for me to read all the comments, and i hope everyone who has the implant gets back to their old selves when it is removed. obviously suits some people but certainly DOES NOT suit others.

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    4. I think anyone should read the information on the Implant before you get it inserted into your body.In the information it for warns you of the side effects. Such as mood swings, irregular bleeding,depression,diabetes.

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    5. Did your daughter return to "normal" after getting the implant removed?

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  2. Hi Anonoymous, get the implant removed as soon as possible. If you are in the UK, there are many sexual health clinics which run two or three times a week and you don't need an appointment at your local family planning centre. I know exactly how you feel and everything returned to normal once the hormones where out of my body and I am sure you will feel a change once it has been removed, please let me know how you get on. From, Implant Girl

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  3. I had my first implant put in July 2008 by October 2008 i was a shaking crying unstable mess, i couldn't go to work anymore i eventually had to quite my job because i was so unstable, i couldn't answer the phone deal with bills even go out i literally lost myself and all of the hard work i had put in went down the drain... i was put on 4 different types of anti depressants and am now on anti depressants and anti anxiety medications and have spent 8 months in therapy during the space of 3 years... i was stable for over a year and was on the up i then decided that my implanon wasn't the cause due to the fact that i had been stable for a year oooo how wrong i was i have had my new implanon in for over a month and in that space of time my anxiety is high, my moods are back down and i have been so emotional and feel like a walking time bomb waiting to explode! i am getting my implanon removed tomorrow and fingers crossed after a couple of months once the hormones are out of my system my partner can get his wonderful partner back and not have to constantly see me being eaten away by these horrible illnesses! I have always had my doubts that this was a cause of my depression but after getting my implanon reinserted i have now realized that this has been a cause of my depression and hopefully after removal i will get my life back!!!! Fingers crossed i will post back to let you know how it goes

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    1. hi ive been suffering with anxiety and depression for 4 years now. 4 years ago things were really bad and i felt a totally mess and didnt think i wud be here today, but with CBT councilling i got controll of things and my life felt fine. i have recently had the implant in and i feel now how i felt 4 years ago back to square one i feel so depressed and my anxiety is really high. it has also led me to having intrusive thoughts. my councellor rekons its because i pushed myself too far one day which ended up in me been in a panic state. but i find this hard to believe as i have pushed myself other days and it has not led to me being this bad. i am thinking it has got something to do with the implant. and i am just wondering how things went for you after you got it removed please as i am getting mine removed 2moro and i am just hoping that it is that and i can have my life back to how it was before the implant. thank you

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  4. It has now been 2 weeks since ive had my implanon removed, things have been rather up and down but in general seem to have improved a lot! My sex drive is back with a vengeance, i am not feeling so down and seem to be more emotionally stable than i have been in a long time! Granted i still havnt had my period yet but that will come in time! Things seem to be going a lot better now that ive had those blasted hormones removed! This contraception was wonderful in a lot of ways it stopped my periods completely and i didnt have to worry about birth control for 3 years! The down side due to the hormones i have suffered for 3 years with depression and lost my job and had gained 2 stone during my time on it which i hope with time i will lose! I feel the company needs to warm women about the side effects that this contraception does cause, depression is not something i would wish on my worst enemy and i will not be return to hormonal birth control for this exact reason, i would advise women to look up on this and ask as many questions as possible before making the choice to use the implanon and if you have a history of family depression to speak to your doctor about it first and to try the pill before going onto this.

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  5. I had the Implanon implanted during December 2008 and recently removed December 2011, therefore I had it in for the full 3 years. I did not experience any depression or anxiety side effects that were noticable by myself or close others. During the 3 years I did not get my period at all, no spotting, nothing. I am very pleased with the Implanon and at my appointment to remove it I chose to put another one in. I love the Implanon and the only negative thing is the removal and insertion but it is worth it in the long run, the bruising and discomfort and minor pain is completely bearable.

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    1. ...must be (OBVIOUSLY) a pharm rep.

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    2. I'm also loving implanon and am not a rep!! Only one short period, nothing since, no problems, completely happy :)

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    3. OBVIOUSLY it effects everyone differently. If you have a history with depression or anxiety I dont think messing around with your hormones is going to do you any favours. Only one way to find out. Getting mine out today!

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    4. I had the implant inserted 2 weeks ago...
      The past 2 days, especially when I'm alone after work, I have been extremely depressed. I am always cheerful and positive. Have never suffered from depression. It feels like my entire world has gone mad and the thoughts in my head and the spacing out is really scaring me. I do suffer from the disease of addiction and I have been clean for 16months... Not sure if this could have anything to do with it... All I know is I don't like this feeling!!!

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  6. I've had the implanon in for the past 2 1/2 years and i'm getting it out soon because i cannot take it anymore. Before i got put on implanon i only had my period for 3 days every 2 months, and i'm also bipolar and i have anxiety disorder. On Implanon I have bled for literally the past 2 years EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and i still am; it has also made me get more depressed often and I have horrible excruciating pains in my lower abdominal area. I'm tired of it and I JUST WANT IT OUT, i've went to time and time again to the doctors and they just said to put up with it until it's time to take it out and have even tried getting me to take steroids to "control the bleeding and pain"..I feel kinda humilated about it and so for the past 2 years my (long-term) bf hasn't seen the inside of my pants or even my underwear because everyday I bleed and it's always brown.

    SO IN OTHER WORDS; NEVER USE IMPLANON. I've had the most horrible experience with it that has left me ashamed, and it makes me worry that something is constantly wrong with my body :(

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    1. This is my exact situation. I have not stopped bleeding the entire 2 years and it's just unbearable! The removal is costly and I just don't know what my options are! I'm so sick of bleeding. I think this is what it means by birth control; no sex-no baby! It really sucks

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    2. I got the implant in January 2014. I started bleeding 2 weeks later and never stopped. I feel horribly anxious, irritable and depressed. My appitite went through the roof. I started feeling dizzy and weak. I ended up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. I know this sounds dramatic but it is all too real. I had a full blown panic attack.....my first ever. This is when I found out I developed an irregular heart beat in which I now need to see a cardiologist for. I am uninsured and havepaid out of pocket for all this. I had the implant removed last week and am still bleeding. But now its so heavy I can not leave the house. I'm missing days of work and hve been ordered bed rest. I am so weak I can hardly tuck my children. I have 2 appointments with specialist that wont be cheap and am missing pay because. I cant work. This has been the worst thing I could have ever choosen to do. And on top.of it all my partner and I have not been intimate since implantation. Inplanon ruined my life.

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  7. I just removed mine with a craft knife & pliers and I feel sick after reading some of the lies I was told about it. Implanon is EVIL.

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    1. Violet did it hurt?

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    2. alanna buckle5 May 2013 13:57

      mine is causing me extreme mood swings and giving. me pregnancy symtoms. the doctors are rufusing to remove it so im.going to take it out myself

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    3. Did you do it Alanna? Yourself?

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    4. Woah! Maybe just go see a few doctors before you start hacking into your arms!!!

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  8. I don't like implanon. It has made me angry & I lash out at anybody! This includes my young child, husband & his dad. Are these emotional issues normal?

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    1. me too, I also have just gained anxiety symptoms. getting it taken out asap

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    2. me too, I also have just gained anxiety symptoms. getting it taken out asap

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  9. I feel sick to my stomach yet gratefully relieved at the same time. I can't believe I'm not alone! I thought I was crazy! I just stumbled upon this website while researching the side effects of implanon because I have gained 16 pounds in 8 weeks which is how long I've had it. My best friend has had the implanon for over 3 years, even went back and got another one put in. She swears by it and says its the best birth control. I even convinced my sister to get the implanon, she had it put in a few weeks ago. I worry for her because we have the same mental problems. I've had anxiety my whole life, over the last 5 years I had a handle on it and had been doing very well. Lately, I've become more paranoid, shakey, fearful in social situations to the point I'll sit in the parking lot of a grocery store unable to go inside. I tried explaining this to my husband but he thinks it's all in my head and I'm overreacting. I recently lost my job and got married and spend most of everyday inside. Ive been so depressed and angry and don't recognize myself anymore, that I seriously considered I might be possessed by something evil! I've never had birth control before so I didn't think to blame my anxiety and depression on implanon. I feel so grateful that it's not just me!! My husband does not understand. He thinks I'm stressed because I'm unable to find a job and that I'm lazy and overeat which has caused the weight gain. He refuses to accept that the birth control has any negative effects, he thinks I'm using it as an excuse. I've never gained this much weight in this short of time. I recently started dieting and exercising but the weight keeps on coming. I just don't feel like myself anymore and am so apathetic about life. My husband constantly asks what happened to the ambitious, driven, happy girl he first met. I wonder the same... These should be the happiest days of my life, I was just married 6 weeks ago! My periods prior to implanon were regular every month and lasted 3-4 days. Now they are longer and spotty, i feel like i have to wear tampons 20 days out of the month. I have no sexual drive and feel so bad because we waited to have sex until marriage and I know this can't be easy for my husband. Most of the time, I push his affection away and am just terribly bitter. I take all of my anger out on him and he's the love of my life and I feel so bad that I'm treating him so terribly. I've isolated myself from family and friends. The implanon website did not say anything about these anxiety side effects before I had it put in. I'm thankful for this website and despite paying over 800 for this birth control just 2 months ago, I am going to have it taken out.

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  10. Hi! I hadn't had any anxiety or depression during my use (two implanon rods over 5 years).

    However, I experienced very painful sex - no matter how hard I tried, it always hurt. This implant destroyed my sex drive.

    :( It's upsetting to think that I wasted 5 years of my life (late teens and early twenties!) with little sex drive and experiencing painful sex. I really would not recommend this.

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  11. i have had my implanon out for over a year they told me that i could get pregnant the same day it was taken out well that was a year ago and i'm still not pregnant and my period is not normal i have missed this moths that never happened be for i had the birth control put in it is not something i would want any of my friends use

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  12. So glad im not the only one that just gets angry and mad. i need to get mine out soon

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  13. Im 21 years of age and im on on warfarin for a blood clot found in my leg and in my lungs.. Later the doctors found out i had a genetic clotting dissorder so they took me off the pill and 3 months ago inserted the inplanon into my arm.. During these 3 months I have noticed my mood change dramatically..Though i have had a case of anxiety and deppression before these feelings have been alot worse crying in the mornings for no reason.. Everything seems alot bigger then it is and i just feel tired all the time i feel bad for my partner because my sex drive is non exsistant and we tried once before and it really hurt i was crying the whole time.. I just want to get this thing out of my arm... I hope this is the cause to why i feel this way

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    1. Same here im so thankful for this website i thought i was going crazy and life was just that bad i have blamed family and friends and took it out on them ugh im so glad i found a solution and that im not crazy i have had it in for 1yr now andgoing to get it out asap i would never recommend this yo anybody

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  14. i had mine 6 months ago and im going to take it out tomorow. i havny experienced the depression part but have gained alot of weight. i jux cant seem to lose the weight

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  15. I had mine in for almost 12 months. The first 6 months were fine,.
    I had it removed 10 days ago, and NOW I feel so depressed. For the past week or so I have felt awful. I have always been on antianxiety/depression tablets, but the past week I feel as though anything makes me cry

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    1. I'm so glad I've finally found someone who feels the same. I got my implant taken out due to anger, weight gain and feeling depressed. Now I am 10xs worse I want to cry all the time and I cant even talk to my closest friends/family/boyfriend about it. Would love to know how you're doing now and what you did to get over this?

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    2. Im so happy its not just me, I got mine out 2 weeks ago after having it in for 3 year but now I just feel like I want to cry all the time and everyone hates me and I cant do nothing right, I feel so down an dont know how to get out of it

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  16. I am having my implant taken out on Thursday. I have never felt so depressed and tearful in all my life. I wake up with a feeling of dread and gloom. I go to the gym to make me feel btter, but that isnt even working now. I also feel I am having really bad erratic mood swings. One minute I am OK, then the next bang I am horrific. I dont even want to go out anymore or talk to anyone. It actually caused a split between me and my partner - I just cannot believe something like this can make yuo feel so terrible.

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  17. Dear everyone of you women... I'm a 17 year old teenage girl and i have had this implant for a year and a half and I'm fine... i think the shit said about this form of contraception is complete bull, i was stressed and depressed before the implant and i have actually gotten BETTER whilst having it. I more relaxed and calm if anything, i mean of course i snap but like i said i was like that even before the implant. The only side effect that i have due to it is the irregular bleeding, I'm sure after reading this you all thought back on it but it probably WAS the stresses of life. She is putting things in your head just because it some how affected her in a negative way. i mean she said she was battling it??? hello!! its not like its cancer or a fatal disease. If these things were true my depression would have been heightened and i probably wouldn't be writing this comment right now, it is the most effective and safe form of contraception. if you do feel as if you are suffering from depression or anxiety, my advice is, stay positive and maybe get a prescription for anti-depressants.

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    1. I completely agree with ya

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    2. I think it is really inappropriate of you to make such an uneducated opinion. As with any medication people experience individualised side effects, and if you read the information that comes with the implanon it states in there that depression can be a side effect. The implanon contains progesterone, and a fluxuation of this hormone can be linked to depression, and depression can trigger anxiety.

      You may not experience negative side effects, but that does not mean that other people are not. Have some empathy for other people.

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    3. im also a 17 year old girl , and it has destroyed me, i can't leave the house without having a panic attack..and my mood swings are terrible ..i just don't feel like me anymore since i got it in , so please don't assume that other people will experience the same as you ..

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    5. and im also a 17 year old girl, it is so rude of you to say our oppinions are bull?! you have no idea the hell i have had to put up with, i dont recognise myself anymore, its caused me to have constant bleeding EVERYDAY and also caused me to suffer from severe health anxiety and paranoia even getting a slight headache causes me to take anxiety attacks in the fear it might be a severe problem!, i have become lethargic and paranoid and just constantly looking for reassurance that im ok. i was never like this before the implanon, and by the way its rather hard to ''stay positive'' if you are suffering with anxiety its a mental health problem. i have had the implant removed for 2 months now and am still suffering with the anxiety...it can take upto a year before the hormones fully leave your system.

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    6. Hi I had the nexplanon on for 4months one morning i woke up feeling strange heart was beating way to fast so i thought something not rite so i drove to my moms 5min away so i got there not even 10min had last then i started. getting sweaty dizzy and my heart was still. Racing i just told my mom i felt i was going to pass out and i did 4times in les than 20min mom called 911 when they got their my arms were all jammed up they said i was having an Anxiety attack i got back to "normal" when they told me how to breathe and relax after that i kept having the same episodes bt i knew how to contol them i was afraid of being alone i felt sad hopeless bt it got better ounce i took it out its been 3months without it and i still feel some anxiety ounce in a while bt not as bad as before thank god ¿does someone known how long does it take for all the nasty nexplanon hormones to leave the body?

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    7. I have had implanton just over a year...I am lucky to still be alive writing this---that is how AWFUL the depression has been since last fall---coincidentally when I had gotten the implant. Unfortunately for me, I have a history of anxiety, depression & the winter blues, so I never connected the two variables.... PLUS (pay attention miss 17 year old if I cant feel it it must not be real!! ÷× $#$×/×) I had a HISTORY with BC implants---at 16 I had the NORPLANT (now extinct) for years and had no known mental crisis worsening (but looking back--maybe I did--I certainty was erratic, angry, lonely and unpredictable at that age--even recall suicidal ideation---but I listened to the Cure, so who knows what caused what???
      Fast forward---now a 35 year old mother of a delightful daughter, have a nice home, career I enjoy and excel at (RN), a lasting marriage, money in the bank, hopes for the future and I care NOT ABOUT ANY OF IT! I want to die and contemplate it often, I lie in bed and read, trying to sleep all the time to escape this EMPTY, HALLOW FEELING...this UNSTABLE, UNSURE ANXIETY. ..the fear of being like this always is too awful to bear. And Im Maxed on my antidepressants already, thank you very much. Then something happens--my pelvic organs prolapse, at 36!!! I need a hysterectomy. ..see a urogynocologist---plan for surgery. Mention my implant to her---Could it be causing my MENTAL ILLNESS? Absolutely, she says. Progesterone only contraceptives much more linked to depression. ..it has to come out anyway and I am thrilled! !!
      Please universe let me feel HUMAN again---
      Surgery 12/17/2013---fingers crossed---

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  18. I have had the implinon for almost a month and I haven't bled at all. My depression seems Kk but like the past comment I deal with my own anxiety a nd depression so I think its actually better. My father just recently past and I couldn't bare to raise a child with my severe depression and still mourning his sudden death . But I can't blme it on my birth control. I get headaches here and there I never really had a sex drive and still dont. I didn't have much of bruising but I'm only worried about getting it out. I guess everything is by you as a person bc noone is the same everyone will have a different expirience with it and theyre bodies but I can say I have gained 5 lbs since the insert and I'm not liking getting fat agian.. But otherwise I haven't bled I'm still the same moody woman . My fiance loves it we also have two kids together. It feels.so weird to have it in mi ARM. Otherwise don't belive positives or negatives about it until you do it yourself. No complaints ,I'm being protected from being pregnant and I'm gaining a lil bit of unexpected weight but I also eat late so I'm trying not to blame anything I already do or have on the birth control .you might like it . So far i do.

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  19. I have had implanon for over a year now and struggling with anxiety and depression, the doctors even put me on an anti anxiety/anti depression pill to help but even with the pills the anxiety attacks keep coming, it has ruined so many experiences in my life, whenever i go out of the house to get my nails done, shopping, family get togethers, basically everything causes an anxiety attack, its hard to talk, i get really hot, and it's just flat out bad. I used to be 125 pounds before having my baby and losing weight has always been fairly easy but a over a year later and im 165 pounds!! Not sure if the implanon has anything to do with the weight gain but i have a dying suspicion. Also i rarely ever stop bleeding, its just constant for me and not to mention a change in smell down there... Wish i had done a little more research before i got it. Hopefully i can get this thing taken out as soon as possible, though do you know of any good birth control methods?

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    1. Yeai used too be 120 now after having my baby and getting the implant i am up to 160 after 9 months!!!

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  20. I've had my implanon 2 years and I've felt funny since I got it. Before I got it, I had an amazing personality and a great sex drive and now I feel like I'm always lashing out and never want to even have sex. I'm bipolar as well but I've always had great control on my mood swings and such even when I'm not on medication. I am really debating having it out because it is making me miserable. At first my periods were 1-2 days every 4-5 months now its 3 weeks heavy every 2-3 months..its miserable...

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  21. Hi! I'm so glad I realised what is actually happening with me! I'm 27, I have no kids and lovely partner, a good job and great friends.. My life is amazing and I'm so blessed. BUT.. Recently I have felt awful, its so not like me, depressed, paranoid, anxious, sleepless nights.. I was going to go to the doctors and see a if I needed some sort of medication to help me but I really don't want to go down that route, then today I was thinking about when I all started and what could it be??? I know depression can come at any time to anyone but nothing has really happened (at least nothing that I can't normally deal with) then it hit me, implant! I had it put in june last year and I can honesly say since then THAT is when it all started! I can't believe I haven't noticed until now, as soon as I noticed I rang the doctors, made an appointment and I'm getting it taken out nxt week, I seriously want it out sooner, like violet I want to take it out myself but I don't have the bottle! lol. I'm just hopeing and praying this is what it is but by the sounds of everyone elses experiance, it is! I just want me back

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  22. hi i got implanon in 4 weeks ago. since then ive been yelling at my beautifully natured husband every day hitting him ive even thrown the microwave i get paranoid deppressed walk around like i hate everythink. i just dont understand ive never been like this is my life b4 im actually really scaring myself i need it out now

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  23. I also have had mood changes! angry all the time and also depressed and have been wondering why this is happening, I guess now I know that it is my implanon. I hate this and am ready to cut it out myself!

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  24. I have had the implanon in since July 11...I hate it. I spoke to my dr a few weeks ago about it, and I'm planning to have it removed. I have gained 40lbs since getting it...That's after working my butt off to lose 75lbs. I'm so upset. My doctor even said she hasn't had one person come in and say that they haven't gained weight, she says it DOES make you gain! After reading some of your comments, I too have crying and depression at times. I get easily angry...and I was NEVER like that before. That's it I'm calling my OB/GYN on Monday!!

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    2. Got it out today and already feel better!!

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  25. This awfull implant turned my life upside down and it wasnt me that had it fitted , it was my 14 year old daughter , she went behind my back and had it fitted at 14 years old , from then on she tuned into a complete monster , she even took a knife to me one night , wished me dead allsorts , not to mention she's put on 4 stone in weight , we couldnt cope with her in the end ans we thought it was down to illegal drugs , her younger sisters were suffering bad , she broke a snooker cue over one of there backs once , so she had to go , she was thrown out at 17 and she ended up living in a homless hostel , not nice to no your daughter is living like that , but i couldnt cope with her , i was very close to a breakdown , anyway we hadnt seen her for 18 months when a close friend of mine took her own life so i had to make contact with my eldest to tell her ,this was july last year and she then slowly started to come and see us ,i think it was oct we finally saw her in person , we were chatting via emai l then she turned up one day , within an hour of her been in the house i felt i couldnt cope , she had got the other kids upset and she was just horrible, anyway i put up with her coming once a week ish and i even said to my hubby (her dad )that i half wished i hadnt got intouch with her as she was just awfull to be around , seemed even worse than what she was when she left , i put it down to the fact she had no parental guidance for 18 montha and been in and out of hostels , jan this year she had the implant out , i saw her about 4 days after she had it out , and what a change , i have finally got my daughter back , the caring loving daughter i once had before she had that thing stuck in her arm , i think the thing should be banned , yes some ppl gel with it and its ok for them , but what about the ones that dont , she could of killed me when she picked that knife up

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  26. Hello,
    I am 20 years old and had my implant in July 2011 (I have had the implant for almost two years - I know this seems a long time ago).

    I have never made the connection between the implant and how I feel in the time I have actually had the implant.

    Ever since I was young I have let things get to me sometimes but nothing on this scale. And I feel like it is getting worse.

    I originally had the implant because I got a new boyfriend so after 5 months of knowing him we decided it would be a good idea for me to get the implant done. Before this time we had always got on, enjoyed our separate time and it was enjoyable. However looking back ever since I had the implant I mood has changed, slowly getting worse.

    I have found my self to be irantional, even when I know I'm been totally stupid I dont seem to be able to calm myself down and then I am left feeling upset, horrible and generally down. He has been so supportive, over 2 years on and were still together. However he is finding that its getting too much for him, as it is me.

    I also find that I am really down when I have nothing to be down about really, I panic alot about ideas that get out of control in my head and I am also really anxious in comparison to what I used to be. To small things like I panic every night before I go to bed about actually going to bed and even if I am tired at 9pm I am still wide awake at 4-5 even later sometimes because I am worrying about going to sleep.

    Also my sex drive has decreased, my boyfriend has thought that I am no longer attracted to him but I'm just not in the mood.

    These feelings are affecting every aspect of ,my life from my relationship to how I feel about myself, its even affecting my studies because I am just so tired because I am unable to sleep at night.

    I have also been to see a counciler about my 'depression' and volotile mood swings. I really really need a stop to this after 2 years. Does anyone think that this behaviour could be down to the implant or do you think it is just coincidence that my depression and other feelings have worsened after getting the implant?

    I will take any view points. Thank you for reading.
    Jenny.P

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  27. Zero sex drive...unexplained crying and mood swings, worrisome, crying, being irrational, and serious weight gain for me. I've only had it for 5 months exactly. I have struggled with depression in the past, so these feelings are ALL too familiar, and I don't like it. I fear my relationship is in jeopardy =/ I'm calling my doctor tomorrow. I want this out.

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    1. I have the exact same thing. I'm getting mine removed today. I would get it removed ASAP.

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  28. Hi, I'm on the implant I had it Inserted Sep 2012. I am a mother of 2 very young children. Since I've been on the implant I have been a bitch. I shout at people in the street if they walk into me or walk infront of my double pushchair. Sometimes when my kids cry or annoy me I get sooo angry to the point I want to lash out, but I don't I walk away and hit something, but I wasn't like this before I had my implant, me and my bf has broken up 5 times. Before I had the implant we got on sooo well, we moved house in June last year and we blame the house why we argue all the time, but thinking about it we started arguing a few weeks after I had the implant inserted. I have serve depression. And have anxiety. I'm thinking of having it removed, but I don't want more children and I've tryed every conception from pills, patches, injection, coil, implant and they all have bad side effects on me.

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  29. I just got mine in on March 22nd, I have suicidal thoughts and my anxiety is awful, I can't even be in a room with people because I want to shout and I can't breathe. I hate it, unfortunately I don't have a car at the moment and my guardian doesn't believe this is the reason for my anxiety and thoughts, but I've read a lot of women's stories that are similar to mine. So I know I'm not crazy, but it's really starting to feel that way. I'm unhappy and I don't know what to do, yesterday I went to bed at 6pm and slept until 7am in the morning... I never sleep that much, now I don't want to get up I have no motivation, and I hate myself. This seems extreme but I'm being honest. I'm usually a down to Earth, happy, fun loving girl. I'm not myself. As soon as I convince someone what I'm going through is true and I can get them to take me somewhere to get it out, I will. I DON'T THINK ANYONE SHOULD GO THROUGH THIS. They don't warn you about any of this. If you haven't already, please, please don't.

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  30. Okay so my experiences aren't half as bad as some people on here have shared but anyway... I had the implant inserted 2 years ago, and up until recently would not have thought this to have been having any effect on my mental health, but now I'm starting to think differently...

    When I remember back to when I first got the implant, I seemed to be my normal self until towards the end of the year when my first serious relationship was turning sour and then suddenly ended at the beginning of last year. After which I spent the majority of last year feeling a little depressed and upset, and even lonely on days where I had nothing to do. The only time I didn't have these feelings was when I entered another relationship, however I have friends/family around me so it seems crazy.

    The beginning of this year I was feeling very positive, but recently I've started to experience the same anxiety and loneliness as I did last year. I also seem to be breaking out more which leaves red marks behind for months, and very irregular periods.

    I am worried as to what could be causing the unusual emotions if it isn't this, because it's not me. I think back to most of my life before I got the implant and even though I rarely ever left the house/didn't have many friends, I was still much happier and positive about life than what I am now. Me now compared to me then, just makes me seem like some kind of emotional wreck! I don't ever lash out on anyone or anything , but I have noticed that I can tend to be more easily annoyed than normal. And one minute I'll be in a really good mood and then all of a sudden I'll just have a feeling of disappointment with no logical explanation. I've always been one for worrying about trivial things, but I seem to have gotten worse. Could it be this or do I just have some weird loneliness anxiety?

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  31. Thank you so much for this site. I got my implanon inserted in October 2010. I have a history of depression and anxiety to begin with so I thought nothing of it. Lately I just have not been feeling right at all and I know something is wrong. I am irritable, never happy, I can't concentrate, I am easily angered at everything. I feel so bad for my children and boyfriend at times. I can't even stand myself at times, I have no interest in doing anything not even sex. I do not enjoy doing anything I used to do, every day is pretty much the same just blah! Lately I have been saying to myself that I know something is just not right cause I usually do a good job at kicking my depression and anxietys ass!! I am getting it removed Monday. I am so glad I found this site, thank you again!!!

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    1. hi i can relate to most of what you are saying and im just wondering how you have been since you got it took out as im getting mine took out 2moro and im wondering if it does actually make you feel better when it is removed. thank you

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  32. I had the implant inserted, completely lost all sex drive and had incredibly bad anxiety, daily panic attacks something I'd never experienced before. It threw me into a suicidal depression even though I'm normally a happy go lucky person. I want to do something this is ridiculous that they can get away with it!

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  33. I had the implant inserted, completely lost all sex drive and had incredibly bad anxiety, daily panic attacks something I'd never experienced before. It threw me into a suicidal depression even though I'm normally a happy go lucky person. I want to do something this is ridiculous that they can get away with it!

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  34. I have noticed depression and horrible weight gain. Yes it protects against pregnancy very well. I`ve also heard that Implanon can cause infertility. I am getting mine removed today.

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  35. I got the implant in October 2012 I suffer from depression as it is I've gained weight suffer from anxiety gone completely off sex think I'm gonna get it removed anyone recommend any other contraceptive

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  36. I got this done at my 6 week check up after having my baby because Im young and i see how so many girls get pregnant right away again. I've had it for a week as of today. Im having the worst anger problems, i get so angry i just want to cry. Im still in school so Im up everyday at 5:30 and Im a single mom so Im taking care of my 7 week old son by myself. since getting this implant every little thing sets me off. i have to just sit down and breath and do everything possible to calm down. i thought my anger was just from stress between school then coming home and doing homework until 10:30 while taking care of my son and fighting with my sons father. but i really just think its this birth control. if i can't calm down Im taking this out of my arm myself.

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  37. I had it in twice for the full 3 years and only started spotting the last month of those three years. And felt really good on it. No bruising what so ever and you could actually see it under the skin

    The 2nd time had it left out as we were going to try and fall pregnant (which didn't happen due to complications).

    I have recently got it put in for the 3rd time by a different dr (as mine has retired) 4 weeks ago. I am so agitated, and emotional, fatigue, headaches all the time, my right eye socket keeps swelling up (which I have never had before) and started feeling sick. 4 days of spotting and getting heavier and with a lot of mucus sorry for tmi. When this dr done it (I had only seen once before)I had really bad bruising talking about black/red and purple and I had these raised red bruising running across the implanon, which all has gone.

    Because of other medical problems I'm sick of drs. I so don't know what to do. I was originally taken off the pill because I started getting chloasma and put on the mini pill but I have had really bad periods from the day I started. Heavy bleeding for upto 14 days, that sick and sore for forever, so I don'tknow what will happen now.

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  38. I had it in twice for the full 3 years and only started spotting the last month of those three years. And felt really good on it. No bruising what so ever and you could actually see it under the skin

    The 2nd time had it left out as we were going to try and fall pregnant (which didn't happen due to complications).

    I have recently got it put in for the 3rd time by a different dr (as mine has retired) 4 weeks ago. I am so agitated, and emotional, fatigue, headaches all the time, my right eye socket keeps swelling up (which I have never had before) and started feeling sick. 4 days of spotting and getting heavier and with a lot of mucus sorry for tmi. When this dr done it (I had only seen once before)I had really bad bruising talking about black/red and purple and I had these raised red bruising running across the implanon, which all has gone.

    Because of other medical problems I'm sick of drs. I so don't know what to do. I was originally taken off the pill because I started getting chloasma and put on the mini pill but I have had really bad periods from the day I started. Heavy bleeding for upto 14 days, that sick and sore for forever, so I don'tknow what will happen now.

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  39. I hope this helps someone: I had a similar experience to many here with a "perma-period" for over a year and a half..! It was rare to have a day when I didn't bleed! It turned out this was partly due to cervical erosion (which can also be brought on by implant). it's rare, but ask your doctor to check for signs, as it's quick to fix, but if you don't know what's wrong it can be confusing, humiliating, and more then a little off-putting.. Bleeding constantly, but extra after sex, you start to feel like you're being punished. As if my sex drive needed that kick when it was already down!

    As for the depression... it wasn't a big issue until year 3. That's when it got noticeably bad... Years 1 and 2 were bearable at least, but I didn't really feel like myself...

    Never again.. But then my cousin loves it, swears by it, is in her 5th year, never a problem since the first day! Veeery different effects in different people...

    But, hands down, most effective form of contraception I've ever tried... Mainly because it made me hate and avoid sex!

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    1. (^Me again) Just to add: I got it out nearly 2 months ago, but am not really back to normal yet.. Although my mood, cystic acne, and energy levels are slowly getting better..

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  40. Argh, I should hopefully be getting mine removed in two weeks. How long did it take for other women's moods to normalize afterwards?

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  41. I Have Had My Implanon In For Aprox. 2 1/2 Years Now And Have Been Having So Many Of These Symptoms.Up Until Now I Was Thinking It Was Just The Bad Situation I Was In(I Was With An Abusive Boyfriend For 4 Years Total) But My Fiancée Has Been Telling Me Lately I Have Been Having Some Pretty Severe Mood Swings Lately That Arent Like Me At All. I Wasnt On Any Medication That Could Be The Cause, No Changes In My Lifestyle In Almost A Year, And We Finally Came To The Conclusion It Must Be The Implant. I Will Be Going From Happy To Sad To Crying Because Im So Mad. My Aunt Put It That "My Emotional Knob Was Being Changed From Happy To Sad To Mad By Someone Else And I Have No Control" Just The Fact That I Have No Control Puts Me In Such A Bad Mood Im Am Getting Very Depressed. I Am Getting It Taken Out On Wednesday And Hopefully Everything Will Be Getting Better And Back To Normal Very Soon.

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  42. Hello all... i had my implanon in for a little of a year, never suffered from anxiety of depression!! Then about a month ago it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had a hug dark cloud over me, couldnt drive,eat,sleep,go to class!! If it had Not been for my Faith In GOD ,i believe i would not be herr sharing my story , i was person who when i heard the word "depression" or "anxiety" i would be like oh that person is crazy!! Not no more! After doing tons of research and reading about this Demonic implant! I made a appt to have it removed! That did not go so well it took 40 mins abd still no luck. Then i went to a specialist no luck, it took a whole extra 2 weeks of me having this in my arm until i had to have it surgically removed at the hospital. Tues (may 21 will be a week it has been out) the day after was ok the 2nd after removal was Horrible, had it Not been for GOD i wanted to Die literally. Shakes,cold sweats,nausea,throwup,no sleep. Today im doing ok.. Praying each day will get better.. Ladies please dont second guess you body or mind or let any doctor convince you otherwise HAVE IT REMOVED AND TRUST IN GOD THINGS WILL GET BETTER. I HOPE THAT THIS IMPLANT BECOMES BANNED FOREEVER!! If you need help or emotional support please email me Litesknpretti@gmail.com im am here for you!! And do not take the medicane that the doctor will try to prescribe you as its just a band aid and not a solution to the problem.
    GOD BLESS
    Heather

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  43. HAS ANYONE BEEN SUFFERING WITH HEALTH ANXIETY SINCE BEING ON IMPLANON?! i actually think im going crazy im constantly worried and googling symptoms which causes my anxiety to get worse i just having the constant feeling of fear..

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  44. I just found out yesterday about implanon causing anxiety and depression. For the past year i thought it was just me. I thought i was flawed. Every day has been a battle. I am suicidal and depressed every day. Eventually i started seeing a physiologist i was given anxiety and depression meds. It helped for a while. But eventually even that didnt help. I cant even leave my house anymore. It got so bad that my husband had to take me to the hospital to keep me from harming myself. I have tried a few times to end my life. I am hoping to get this thing out of me soon. My doctor never told me about the side effects she even forgot to have me sign the consent forms till after she put it in. I have no friends. I dont have a job. I dont drive because that is a big trigger for my anxiety. I did suffer from anxiety a bit before the implant but it has pushed me over the edge. My life has been hell. I am just glad that i finally know what is causing this. I dont know how they could legalize this thing. there are so many people suffering because they didnt know what this thing would do to them. This last week has been the worst. I have had a severe breakdown every day this week so far. Its nice to know that there is hope for me. Maybe when this thing is taken out i can have a life again.

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  45. Hi im 20 and have 3 young children Ive had implant in a week yesterday. Nd by saturday just gone I was going off my nut. I got 3 kids and ive managed to cope wif them nd now every little thing they do streses me out wen my baby crys I cry like im helpless. Havnt gone out for 3 days havnt taken my 3 year old daughter to school coz I just dont feel right. Ive been in bed at 7 oclock same time as my kids and just dont want to get out of bed in the morning. Just tierd all the time. Cryin over nuffin. Causing arguments wif fhr kids father like it's his fault.

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  46. I am in Vietnam. I am happy to read all of your comments to confirm that this implanon is the reason of my depression.I had implanon for 4 months and I recently find out that I am so annoying and feel annoyed with everybody around.I easily get mad and always be in kind of anxiety.I will take it out right by tommorrow morning.

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  47. Im 18 and im about to get on the implanon ive been on the depo for a year now i have no period i haven't gained weight maybe a pound but ive stayed the same my doctor says its basicly the same thing that getting on the depo helps yu see how yull react to the implanon im actually really excited that i dnt have to keep getting poked every 3 months so i dnt why people say so many negative about it yur just scaring the rest of us

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    1. We are just telling the truth. And implanon is not like the shot! I was told the same thing. Once it's in you'll figure that out. With the shot you can stop going to get it; with implanon you have to pay a lot of money to have it removed IF your doctor agrees to remove it- they may tell you to 'wait it out'.

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    2. Same here girl! Im 18 && I got the depo 3 times and just going in every 3 months in couraged me to get the implenon. Insertion doesn't really hurt and so far its good... its been a week so we'll see later on, but don't get scared EVERYONE reacts differently. . .

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  48. I got mine put in march 2012 and in the past 6 months I've relapsed into anxiety and depression is worse than ever could this be a connection as I don't think anything else could've triggered it? Then again I assume these side effects would appear within the first few months?

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  81. I've had the implanon in for 5 months now. Lately I've been having anxiety attacks and my depression is getting worse and worse. There have been no advantages so far from the implanon, I haven't been able to have sex because I've been having non-stop periods and it frustrates me so much. I do not recommend getting the implanon, one of the worst mistakes I have made.

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  82. Hi there, I've had the implant in for over 2 years now.
    In the last 2 years I've seen a dramatic change in myself. I used to be carefree & happy, active & as an avid painter & very creative.
    Now I'm irritable, uptight, moody, getting much lazier & I've lost all creativity.
    My partner of 3 years has said he cant take any more & has broke with me only yesterday. He said I'm a different person & I’m bringing him down in life. Which I know I am. This is an example of how highly strung I am. Yesterday whilst eating an ice cream together in the sun, he told me I had a bit on my face & asked me if I could clean it. I shouted “fuck you!” in his face & stormed off in the middle of the street. Walking away that's when I truly realised something is so wrong with me. I have become such a horrible person. Sometimes i feel as though I’m loosing my mind. I have gained a lot of weight, I feel depressed a majority of the time. I used to be so level headed, chilled out & calm. Sometimes I even have suicidal thoughts from an argument that I seem to blow out of proportion. After it, when I'm alone I sit there & think to myself what's happening to me. I'm pushing everyone away. My family, my friends & now the love of my life. Deep down I know this is not me. I forgot about my implant & it wasn't until I was talking to an old friend last night & she was telling me about her dramatic mood changes since she got the implant in a year ago, that everything suddenly makes sense. Getting the implant was the worst thing I've ever done. I'm going to arrange to get this thing out of me & I hope to god ill turn back to my usual self. Be the real me again.

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  83. I have had my implant for a little over 2 years I feel aweful. I have a 2 year old and I didn't think fully about what implanon could do to me or how it was changing me, I just thought I was tired from having a 2 year old... but I am almost lethargic all the time. I know its not normal. I have contacted my doctor to get it removed not only to help with regaining my energy, but also to help my period, my weight, my sleeplessness, my relationships with other , my emotions..... everything, I feel like I will have this new look on life but i have to get this out. before I got implanon I didn't do any research, it was stupid of me but I had a new born and I was tired, but bot doing any research or really even looking at a website now terrifies me. a friend of mine got hers out and was telling me what she found just by reading, because implanon messes with the lining of the uterus, to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching, to me personally, ( please don't criticize me for how I feel) that it would be aborting a human, not just any human to me , my child! I don't know if it has happened but if it hasn't I want it out before it could possibly happen.
    I can't wait to have this out of me,

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  84. My post is the one just before this one, I couldn't take it anymore, I bought an exacto knife, iced my arm and my dad cut it out , just the relief of know it is no longer in me makes me feel better, I will write again in a few days to give an idea of how I feel I'm changing. I'm so ready for a change!

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  85. I had my implanon for a year and a half. Had it removed two days ago- thank god. I left for bootcamp and had it put in there since they offer it. I came home got married to my fiancé and left. My husband and I have never fought before like we did when I was on implanon. He has even asked me what happened to you and where is the girl I was supposed to marry. I would come home and just start throwing stuff and punching walls.. It could be the smallest thing that would set me off. I came home one time And there were a couple of cups on the coffee table, I yelled at my husband and then threw everything off the shelves then I proceeded to flip all of our furniture over. I know it is the implanon because I have never been so different before. I noticed it in bootcamp after getting it put in. I became very mean and I am actually a very nice living and caring girl. It almost ruined my marriage. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders already and it has only been two days. I'm smiling more and people at work have noticed.

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  86. I knew there was something going on with me thank god I just read all these comments I have had the implanon for 1 yr already I still have it on but I definitely had felt those symptoms too that I'm already tired of it I get mad easily for little non sense things and I can't stop bitting my nails and I decided to go to the psych because I thought it was too much already I love my boyfriend and I didn't want to keep fighting with him

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  87. So glad to find this blog! I have only had the implanon in for about 6 weeks and it seriously nearly destroyed my life. I was angry, lost my sex drive as soon as it went in, burst into tears at the drop of a hat, spiralled into anxiety and depression - and I had to beg my GP to cut it out - they kept insisting I just try it a little longer. I'm a medical professional. I'm pretty empowered when it comes to my health so I was abit shocked by this experience. Reading all your stories I really empathise, and I'm so glad to have it out. Thanks for all your sharing

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  88. I had mine removed today after 3 months. I felt like a very dark cloud fe ll over me this past few weeks, easily angered like I was living in a pressure cooker. before I had it I was happy go lucky grateful for my life and my family. I know its just been a couple of hours but I know this had been the cause of all my anxiety and depression. I'm already so so relieved. my mood is already better just because I know things are going to get happier again. I was off all birth control fir three years, so I know for a fact this really messed with me as I had an extremely good handle on life up until this point. back to condoms for now for me, hormones, especially progesterone does not work at all for me.

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  89. Hi ladies

    I am so glad to have found this website to relate to and to share my experience.

    I had my implanon fitted around April last year. At first I didn't have any bleeding, spotting or any mood swings.

    A year later...I have constant bleeding, which is not just a little amount. I used to have heavy periods anyway but this is just a nightmare after using the contraception injection for 5 years and having next to no symptoms.

    My mood is all over the place. I cry all the time, which i never used to do before I went on the implanon. I put the crying and change of mood down to university stress but I am no longer at Uni and have the stress of being there so I assumed the symptoms would calm down...NOPE! they have gotten worse and I flip from being happy minute to being extremely upset the next. The slightest thing can upset me or make me angry. My boyfriend said that my moods are beginning to affect him.

    I am getting my implanon removed tomorrow as it just isn't for me. I have friends who have had no symptoms at all but I feel that after a year of constant bleeding, crying and emotional break downs that enough is enough and it needs to be removed.

    I would like to hear from anyone else who has experienced this. I am considering the merina coil as I am not allowed back on the injection as I was on it for a number of years. Any advice would be fantastic.

    Thanks!

    Amanda

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  90. Hello Everyone,

    I had an Implanon in for almost 18 months before my mood swings became so bad I knew I couldn't have people around me. I had it removed because of the moodswings and terrible acne I still can't seem to shake because I now have a hormonal imbalance which makes me suceptible to yeast infections aswell which are becoming so routine it's demoralising. I believe it has also affected my fertility since me and my partner started trying for a baby again after I had it removed and I've been referred to a fertility specialist who wants to put me on Clomid to help us concieve. If the only problem I'd had was anxiety, depression, aggression and mood swings I would have been overwhelmed enough because those are devastating enough without these new issues that have reared their horrible pharmaceutically created heads. Now I may not conceive because of this defective device? I am so angry and distraught and so is my husband. I truly believe the Implanon is responsible. This device destroys lives.

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  91. I am so glad i found this site. I have had the implanon for 33 months, and have never understood what happened to me. I had a wonderful, active, exciting life, and then it was all gone. Ive hid in my shower and cried almost every day for the past three years. I thought that i was slowly going insane and am overjoyed to know that im not. That someone did this to me makes me so angry, that i know that more women are out there being called crazy and feeling so alone makes me sad, because i had no one who understood the pain it caused. Im having it removed asap. with the doctors help or not

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  92. My Girlfriend got this implant about 8 months ago. Since then she has been in a slow decline of mental state. Progressively becoming more and more frustrated and aggressive with the world around her and unable to cope with basic everyday things. She gets stressed when we go shopping. refuses to come to any social events anymore. I've been trying to get her to see a doctor about it. But she has been reluctant. I miss who she used to be. And although I will stand by her no matter what. It gets harder every day to live with someone who can't see the bright side in anything.

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  93. I had Nexplanon put in and the same day I started feeling weird. Not sure how to describe it, but just weird. Like my mind was hazy and I didn't feel like I was in the moment. The next day I felt annoyed and angry. As the day went on the angrier I became. I can't recall what was making me so mad but I just didn't want anyone talking to me and I didn't want to talk to them. Later that evening, I decided to try and combat the anger and try to be positive. My husband was expected home and so I decided to order his favorite food: Chinese. I started sending him sweet text messages in which it took him a while to respond and that just infuriated me. I didn't hear him get home so it startled me when I saw him....and thus came the psychotic breakdown. I yelled at him, told him I hated him, that I was leaving then proceeded to call my Mom and sister to tell them how much I hate him and how I wish he'd fall off the face of the earth. I threatened him to hit me...I couldn't stop screaming and I started throwing things... I threw my rings next to his head and started pushing and shoving him. I then told him how disgusting I thought he was and that he was the biggest baby and pathetic and not a real man. I told him to leave and I continued screaming even after he left. My mom and sister were trying to calm me down but couldn't. I'd finally packed my suitcase and was putting it in my car when I saw police lights in the driveway. My husband had called the cops on me. Well that pissed me off even more and I started mouthing off to the policemen...it was only them when I realized I was out of control. I finally calmed down and started sobbing and didn't stop until the next morning. My husband didn't call the cops because I pushed and shoved him...he called because he was incredibly worried about me. See, that is NOT my normal behavior AT ALL. I have never been the violent or angry type...ever. I am always the calm and collected one... I was so ashamed and embarrassed and was so scared my marriage was over. Thankfully, my husband came home the next morning and took me to the ER to have it removed...of course they wouldn't remove it so Ive waited it out. Now, 7 days later I do feel better but feel a little depressed... I hope it goes away soon.

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  94. This makes me want to cry. Mostly out of relief, because now I know that, not only am I not crazy, but I am not the only one who has experienced this. I am having a pretty serious problem with anxiety, depression, and anger. To be totally honest, the other day I cried and cried all day long and actually thought I might check myself into a mental institution. I thought I was going crazy. I fel like there was no hope. I may have to look into alternative birth controls methods now. Thank you!

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  95. This makes me want to cry. Mostly out of relief, because now I know that, not only am I not crazy, but I am not the only one who has experienced this. I am having a pretty serious problem with anxiety, depression, and anger. To be totally honest, the other day I cried and cried all day long and actually thought I might check myself into a mental institution. I thought I was going crazy. I fel like there was no hope. I may have to look into alternative birth controls methods now. Thank you!

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  96. Hello lovelies, I'm Alex and this is my first post, today is my first (whole) day without implanon. I plan on returning every now and then to report my progress/demise/whatever as I come down off the ole matchstick!
    Firstly, I feel strangely ok this morning. I have been noticing severe depression from when I wake up until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon for the last few weeks (possibly been longer but I only recently made the observation), but today I feel... not really crazily enthusiastic, but just not all broken and fucked up either, which is a HUGE relief.
    I have had no sex drive really to speak of since 18 which is when I started the (combination) pill but also co-incidentally when I was raped, confusing me as to what is really the cause, hormonal birth control or circumstances?
    I am now 24. I am in a wonderful relationship which is really going down the tubes thanks to the crazy 7am-5pm bitchface Alex who rears her head on a daily basis (except today! yay!).
    I am really hoping that my lack of interest in sex is mostly to blame on the hormonal birth control I've basically been constantly on since 18.
    Since putting in my Implanon in Sep 2010, I have been going through 6 month cycles of depression, and I assumed it was because of my 2yr unemployment, the rape, the 6yr long awful relationship, the family breakdown, etc. But now I am wondering if I have been afflicted with this progesterone sadness like so many ladies here.
    I will share my thoughts over the coming few weeks. Apparently Implanon takes 6 days to be out of the blood stream, with all normal signs like menstruation (I bled normally straight through my 3 years) and fertility to return at 3 months. So at three months when I return to the doc to have my sex hormones assessed, an initiative on mine to investigate loss of libido, which I won't do if my libido magically comes back, I will also let you know how those went when I come back.
    I am so glad I did not gain weight on this, but also I wonder if I had gained weight perhaps I may have noticed the side effects before the three years were up. Oh well, pros and cons, huh.
    See you later...

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  97. OH! One other side note on my removal yesterday! Gosh it was an ordeal! 20 minutes of two nurses stretching my tissue this way and that while the doctor wrangled with this wily "very unusually flexible" thing, which my arm had decided to incorporate into it's own tissues just to make things worse.
    When he finally got it out, it, I had a feel of it. He was right, it's really flexible. It resembled a piece of chicken spinal cord in appearance. The doctor theorised that it must have been "the old version", and I said that that would be right, since I got it from a discount chemist in rural Toowoomba, QLD, Australia. Here, if you have a low income health care card, you can purchase it at a chemist on the Pharmeceutical Benefit Scheme, and the price tag says $300, but you are only charged $30, then you request a special surgery appointment with your GP and they insert it for you.

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  98. I said "you can tell I'm going to get those long nanna arms by the texture of my arm skin". And he said "What, bingo wings?"
    Made my day.

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  99. It is now three days post implanon removal. Afte my intense two day glow, I am back to my hopelessly depressed self. I'm barely maintining hope that after the six days my mood and libido will return to what it was two days ago. Looks like it was just a lovely little blip, but that's it. Will report back later.

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  100. I am 37, supposed to go get implanon inserted this week. Already suffer from slight depression. Really worried now but don't know what other birth control to use. I have issues with loops and birth control pills. And they keep telling me they won't let me go for voluntary sterilization

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  101. It just clicked. 2 and a half years and i feel like I have just woken from a horrible, never ending dream. What changed? I got the implanon out. Wow.

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  102. Next week I'm having the implanon removed as it has been a living hell whilst having it in,emotional wreck,no sex drive and in a really bad depressive state,I should add I have previously suffered with depression but since having this it's been on a whole different level.There being only one positive note it's prevented pregnancy for 3 years other than that I have 2 or more periods a month

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  103. Whilst I also was anaemic before implanon inserted its obviously been worse whilst having so much bleeding.i do think there should be more in depth discussions before choosing this contraceptive because with the wrong concoction of someone already being a depression sufferer and a mix of this false hormone it could be a lethal concoction,I know Ive been on the edge and it ain't good xx

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  104. I've had implanon in for 2 months now.. years ago i did suffer from depression from anxiety but so far being on implanon i haven't noticed anything too cynical apart from the nuisance bleeding i've experienced everyday non-stop. I've tried taking the pill to stop it but it gives me headaches and also people have been complaining about low sex drive but mine has went the opposite direction.. reading about this has made me weary though and if i find anything wrong with implanon i'll try find another birth control because what you ladies have been going through is life impacting and i just hope i'm going to be the lucky one and this will work for me

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  105. I took my daughter to the GP to discuss birth control around October last year and this was recommended as the best one for her age (16)
    Admittedly we as a family have had a rough year with multiple deaths of close family, however during this time she has been unbearable to live with. We just put it down to normal teenage hormones and the things that we are dealing with. Previous to the last year she was such a happy girl with a positive outlook on life. In the last year her schooling has been affected, she takes at least one day off a week as she either has a headache or just cant stop crying (for no apparent reason). The final straw was when she took an overdose while we were out. It all clicked into place then, her moods, her tears, her disinterest in life all occurred when this implant was inserted, however life happens around you and you always look for reasons and rationales other than the one that is right in front of you. Implanon is out and Im happy to report that she has not woken depressed or crying and she seems to be getting back to her old self.

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  106. My girlfriend use to suffer terribly at that time of the month, really losing her marbles, becoming very very withdrawn, but never aggressive. Giving it credit were its due her first implanton did solve that. Yes there was some strange mood swings, but they were liveable with. Her once reasonably normal sex drive totally disappeared too. Seamed like sex was about as interesting to her as deciding on having a coffee or a cup of tea. Before that sex had always been a 100% satisfaction on both sides of our relationship. Then there's the lazy ness and weight gain, shes gained more than a stone a year since having it. She never wants to go any were or do anything. The house is a mess. But it all gets blamed on me. Equally she will lye to me about everything. Shes also really going bald too + has more than a few odd patches of really flaky skin.

    Then the three years was up in march 2013. She had it swapped for nexoplan or what ever the name of new implanon is. Ever since it has been a down hill spiral. mood swings getting ever worse, ever decreasing conversation, till finally yesterday shes literally chasing me around the garden thumping me in a absolute blind rage ripping the shirt of my back and then proceeds to call the police making all sorts of allegation's against me. Shes even been caught rowing with our pet gerbils, which i just really can not explain in any kinda logical ways. For now she's gone back to her parents.

    Im now at a loss as to were to go from here, do i stick with the person i love and try and help her fix this, or is this it for our relationship (6+ years). Whilst i can not prove its the implant, the facts - descriptions in the above posts ring so true to our circumstances i can not see how the 2 are not connected.

    Should also add that she does have some learning difficulties, she was very shy when i met here and gets lost easily, but even that was never this bad before.

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  107. This saved my relationship, I thought it was me..... Your my saviour

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  108. I first had the implant when I was 15. It destroyed me, sickness, flu symptoms, anxiety, depression, cramps and paranoid! I had it removed 4 months later. Felt better after a few weeks. Since then I was on the depo injection which was fine apart from random bleeding and getting emotional when I was due. I got sick of having my doctors appointments cancelled and waiting 3 hours in the waiting room so I decided to get the implant as it's the same hormones as the depo so I should have been fine. I thought the last time I had it my anxiety and depression was due to the young age I had it. I am now 23, I've had it for 2 months and some of these dreadful symptoms are back. Anxiety, paranoia, sickness after eating, nightmares, crying A LOT, getting angry and generally feeling like I've lost the plot. I've been through 2 years of counselling for something completely seperate and now I'm feeling like all my hard work has been for nothing. My confidence is at an all time low, me and my boyfriend have argued in the past month terribly. 2 years of dating and we always talk things through!! Now it's like war, my feelings of self harming have come back. I haven't because I know I'm better than that and I can't go back to where I was before. I just don't understand why on the depo injection I was fine?!?!? I feel like I'm losing my mind...I hate not feeling myself and not feeling in control. It just doesn't make sense!

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  109. So I've tried 3 different bc's... 1st the Depo Shot, ruined my joints... then the Mirena IUD which tore through my uterus causing daily horrible cramps, then the most recent I tried Implanon (August 2011)... first few months everything was fine didn't notice anything wrong. October came and all of a sudden I started suffering from the worst migraines ever. I had them every single day for 2 years straight, my eyesight was slowly ngetting worst, I was finishing 3-4 bottles of ibuprophen a month. It was hell & I was so scared I was going to go blind. I visited 6 doctors, 3 opthomologists 2 neurologists and my regular doctor. They tried an MRI and found NOTHING. They said I just had hereditary migraines or nasal infections causing them.... LIES !. All they wanted to do was put me on all kinds of medication... I gained 40lbs, going from a size 9 to a 13 in less than 2 years. Im a really chill person, but with the implanon I could not control my emotions, I was becoming a very negatI've person. I visited my doctor for the last time, the oonly questio. I asked was if she thought it might have to do with the implanon, she said " no, I don't think so, ur wrong"... I walked out and said F* IT... called my ob and scheduled to have it removed, I just had to check it out for myself. I decided to have a hormone break and took it out OCTOBER 28TH 2013.... I have had no symptoms since...NO MIGRAINES NO MOOD SWINGS NO NOTHING !!!! YAY... Its such an incredible feeling, I'm crying tears or joy. Its weird to wake up and feel okay instead of with a horrible migraine. I don't recommend the implanon to anyone, it takes time before you notice its about to give you Hell. Trust me, besides the symptoms it was great, did its job. I just could deal with the pain and problems it was causing. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on fb Yani Tapia or email me at lyndatapia@live.com

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  110. I was suffering from mild post natal depression since my daughter has been born as she hasnt been well since birth and 11 months in she still is waking 100 times at night. So back in May 2013 I decided to get the implanon in as I didnt want the risk of falling pregnant. For first few months I felt fine no side effect nothing now last few I feel like my depression is worse im an emotional roller coaster one minute im crying next minute im sad and want nothing to do with my kids but now I have been getting so down I just want to end my life but keep brushing it to the back of my head. I finally told my mother and we are going to gp to get it removed after reading all these articles.

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  111. It's so reassuring to see others go through the same horrible experience I had on the implant. I experience migraines with aura so I cannot take the combined pill and, when going on birth control for the first time aged 17, my doctor decided against the Mini Pill. I got my first Implant inserted in 2009 and all seemed fine. The worst to happen was a few times making me feel pregnancy symptoms (cravings, nausea, mood swings, etc) but all of course a false alarm. After 3 years, I got my second Implant inserted in 2012. Looking back, I should have gave my body a break but I have been with my partner for 2 years and we are not ready for the risk of children. This Implant has been awful, with longer periods but with the main concern of my mental health. I am a young confident woman, who has graduated with a great job, great family and friends and a wonderful boyfriend. All should be fine, but I started to suffer from anxiety to now what I think was panic attacks. Scared to be by myself, crying for no reason and constantly feeling down and emotional. I finally gave up feeling like this and got it out last week with a very not understanding nurse who pretty much tried to bully me in to keeping the Implant and treating me like a silly young girl who didnt understand. It's 5 days later and I still feel emotional, scared and anxious but I pray I feel better in the next week or two. I think the imbalance of hormones has left my body and mind weak after over 4 years on this. Has anyone else had theirs taken out and if so, how long did it take for you to feel back to your normal self?

    Thank you

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  112. I feel like I'm in a constant fight or flight situation. High anxiety, nervousness, fidgeting, fear... A man coughed and I got scared... Feels like a constant stream of adrenaline, I can't tell if my reactions to particular stimuli are me (normal hormones) or the (implanted) hormones. There's so much anger and impatience, and anti social behaviour. I can't be around big groups of people, I can't talk to my friends normally, there is no state of relax or comfort. I'm 3 weeks in on Implanon.

    Before trying Implanon I tried the mini pill to see if I would have any strange reactions, while not the same (due to how your body receives the steroids), it is the closest oral medication to trial before Implanon. I didn't make the connection until it was too late, but when drinking I had reverted to an angry, self centred teenager. Taking offence to anything, that might sound normal of some girls but I don't behave like that, not since 15, which was most likely a peak in hormonal activity. My sex drive also went way up, might have something to do with being in a constant state of ready to get pregnant but not able to, as I've heard that progesterone naturally spikes around ovulation.

    I was wondering if anyones effects wore off? It either feels like I'm charging on bad speed or a zombie robot that has no emotions. The depression pits are deep but fleeting if distracted. I've been like this for around 3 days, it was suggested that it could be PMS on Implanon. I've not experienced these emotions since a traumatic event, and there is not a relative contemporary one to attribute these to. I was prescribed Valium, it helps but it is temporary relief. Seems I cannot think about certain things as they manically build up to the afore mention panic attack symptoms.

    ~Highly Strung

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  113. Hi I had the nexplanon on for 4months one morning i woke up feeling strange heart was beating way to fast so i thought something not rite so i drove to my moms 5min away so i got there not even 10min had last then i started. getting sweaty dizzy and my heart was still. Racing i just told my mom i felt i was going to pass out and i did 4times in les than 20min mom called 911 when they got their my arms were all jammed up they said i was having an Anxiety attack i got back to "normal" when they told me how to breathe and relax after that i kept having the same episodes bt i knew how to contol them i was afraid of being alone i felt sad hopeless bt it got better ounce i took it out its been 3months without it and i still feel some anxiety ounce in a while bt not as bad as before thank god ¿does someone known how long does it take for all the nasty nexplanon hormones to leave the body?

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  114. I had my implant last summer and it totally messed me up. I was always pretty happy with life and a big drinker but after two drinks, I could no longer remember my nights out, which usually included random rage and sobbing. I couldn't get out of bed to go to university and my grades took a serious hit. My relationship completely broke down and I split up with my boyfriend. Luckily, as everything was hitting an all time low, I realised that it was the implant that was affecting me so I had it taken out. After probably 3 weeks, I started feeling normal again and now everything is back on track, including my relationship and my grades. I would never ever recommend the implant to anyone and I think they need to monitor it much more closely instead of just telling people to come back in three years.

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  115. Hi! i had the implanon for only 4 weeks when i had a horrible panic attack which lasted 3 days and have had depression ever since. before having this horrible thing i was really happy in my relationship, really social. now i am down all teh time, never want to socialise and worry all the time about the future for my partner and i. i have had it out for 2 months now and still dont feel back to normal! i started taking the pill again 1 month ago. how long in everyones experience does it take to feel back to yuor old self once its out?

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  116. i am very sad to hear that anonymous i feel the same! when you were feelign down did you keep thinking it was becuase you were unhappy with your relationship? i keep thinking that now even though i know i really love my bf but as there is nothing else in my life to feel depressed about i think i just keep thinking that must be it...i just wanna go back to my normal self again!

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  117. Hi, i just wanted to post that, yes, i have a history of depression that is completely manageable with Wellbuterin. I had the implant put in at the hospital after giving birth to my daughter may 2013. After a month or so my mood declined, my anxiety got horrible. I became paranoid and cried about everything. I Was angry a lot, snapped at loved ones. My relationship with my fiance was literally almost over. i started seeking therapy, changing my medications, but nothing was working or working quick enough. my mental decline was quick. i couldn't take it anymore. i had no control over the majority of my actions and obsessive thoughts and was ruining my life. one day i got the idea that, yes, i am depressed, but i also noticed that around my menses, my mood were 1000x worse and I'm not talking pmdd. I knew it was my birth control. I just knew it, and at that point i was depressed enough, desperate enough to take measures into my own hands. Why? Because everything was falling apart around me including myself. it was the weekend and all i thought about the week leading up to that day was getting it out of my arm. But I was crazy. I swear it. I didn't want anyone to know. And I had an appointment to have it removed the next week, but i lost it over the weekend and i literally took it out myself. I still can't believe i did it. Almost 7 months of he'll with that thing in my arm. It's been a almost a week, and I'm starting to feel a little better. Thank God. That's all i wanted to share

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  118. I know exactly how all of you feel

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  119. I had my implant for 3 years ! It was the WORST three years of my life !!! I would lay in my bed and cry for no damn reason, at school I would go off if someone even looked at me wrong ! I am 17 years old and I should not have been feeling down all the time like I was. There would be arguments between my partner and I over the most littlest stupid things. It was hard for me to pay attention in class, I would always be tired and grumpy. I absolutely hated it and I have told all my friends not too choose this birth control! It took a toll in my life. I had mine taken out today and I am SO very happy, I already feel better and it hasn't even been 24 hours since I've had it out! I am so glad that I am getting back too normal !!! I will NEVER again use this method because I am going to enjoy the feeling of being back too "Normal" . My partner is going to be just as happy as I am when she notices the change in my moods and my attitude. I am so relieved.

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  122. Dear Implant Girl, Thank-you for creating this post.

    I too researched the effects like bleeding before I had the Implanon but did not realize the effects emotionally until I had the Implanon. I just went on the website tonight and found your blog. I was googling Implanon and mood swings. I have been noticing a pattern. Every 2-3 weeks I get back pain like I did when I would get my period and cramps, but no bleeding. And then here comes the worst part, severe depression, mood swings, lashing out on my partner for no reason, crying and months of suffering anxiety.

    And this is not me, when I was on the pill I went through the pain but I never such negative emotions, it has been detrimental to my work and health.

    I have a very positive, happy, bubbly personality and I started linking these feelings with the beginning of the Implanon.

    Doctors are also making us feel wrong for trusting our instincts. It was my doctor that pushed me to get the Implanon in the first place, I was very resistant and she persisted. Now I know when I ask to get it out I'm going to get resistance again. I'm going to lie and say I'm planning to get pregnant, which isn't a complete lie as I plan to start trying late next year. I'm going to go al naturale (no contraceptives besides condoms) next year and return to the blog to let you know of the results. It will be the first time in 13years without a contraceptive.

    I do feel a sense of unnaturalness to the pill and Implanon, in the sense I've been skipping my white tablets for years and I haven't had a normal length period in many years, although some women would love that chance, I don't say it to brag but I'm rather more concerned because it feels somewhat unnatural and I hope I can conceive after all these years at 28 :S I'll keep you posted on my progress. From Jay xx

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  123. I have had the implanon implant for just under 2 years. Something that not many people have discussed on this site is the increased risk of blood clots with contraceptives like implanon and the nuvaring. I had the nuvaring for about 2 months and it was a terrible, terrible, time. I felt very depressed and as another reader mentioned, having a drink or two seemed to make these feelings even worse. When I switched to implanon in 2011, I thought it would be a better option for me, and I appreciated the peace of mind for the 3 years it guarantees. I have had a very low sex drive, anxiety, depressed mood, and just generally have felt down and not quite myself. Last month, an article came out in vanity fair about the risks of nuvaring and all of the lawsuits that are resulting from the use of that drug. There are women everywhere that are DYING or nearly dying from the ring. Although implanon is a separate device, it is made by the same company and contains the same drugs. DO NOT TRUST THE PHARMA COMPANIES. Organon, the maker of the nuvaring, made over 150 million dollars on the nuvaring in 2012 alone. I am getting the implanon implant removed tomorrow and I cannot wait. I am also planning to go "au natural." It has been years since I have been off of extra hormones and I am looking forward to it. Please do your homework before you use third or fourth generation methods of birth control! I wish I had! - A

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    1. Also, these devices are marketed towards "healthy, young females." We need to stand up for our health and tell the drug companies that this is not right. Thank you for this site, I only wish I knew how to spread this message to more people! - A

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  124. I had mine put in April 2013... all has been well until about six weeks ago I started feeling waves of insecurity and anxiety. Now it's almost crippling and I'm worrying about EVERYTHING. I have a history of depression.

    It's always extremely sudden, too: one thing will trigger me and throw me into a horrible bout of anger, sadness and fear all rolled into one bubble. I'm starting to wonder if it's my nexplanon/implanon, but I'm also wondering if it's because I DO have a history of depression/anxiety (from abuse many years ago). Ugh. Otherwise this thing has done wonders for me and I don't want to give it up. But the emotional turmoil I'm experiencing... I'm desperate for help.

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  125. I got the implant about two months ago, now I'll admit I've never been the best emotionally but everyone in my life has told me that ever since the implant I've been a different person! And it's true! I've been depressed, crying all the time, this morning I just felt like pure rage. I've been tempremental and anxious! It's put a strain on my relationships with family and friends, my work and my romantic relationship. Not to mention my continuing bleeding nightmare! It's just an unbearable nightmare and I can't wait to get that stupid rod out of my arm!

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  126. I git implanon less than a month ago and just made my appointment to have it removed. My anxiety has sky rocketed and the panic attacks are crazy!!! I was perfectly fine before having this put in. Even my husband has noticed a huge change in me! I really wish I would have found this site before I had it put in.

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  127. Hey, very interesting hearing everyone's experiences. I had x2 implanons for total 6 years and x1 nexplanon when it changed due to problems going to deep, getting lost and not showing on xrays. Anyway a total of 9 years and I lost... 5 STONE!! Yes it was weight I needed too loose but I went from 16.5 stone to now a healthy 11 stone, it took 3 years but has stayed off =D
    I had my implant removed 4 days ago with it expiring but decided to go on to the pill (cerazette so same hormone).. so far NOT good. I have had sickness, dizziness, headaches, slurring my words, general feeling awful. so I back to my doctors today, my blood pressure has rocketed and im having "palpitations". I feel like complete crap and wishing my little plant was still in me !

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  129. Hi ,I just wanted to share with everyone how happy I feel ... I removed the Implanon myself 3 months ago and it was the best decision I've could have made... I had the Implanon for 33 months after I had my second daughter... I was a normal person no depression history weighted 130 which was good for my hight.. I gained weight during the time I had it in, I was having mood-swings all the time, I would cry for no reason, I would argue with my husband for no reason.. I felt like the world was against me, even lines at the supermarket made me mad, I was feeling so angry .. so finally I decided to take it out myself going to the doctor was too expensive so I made some research and decided it was ''safe'' to do it ... so I bought everything and did it and don't regret it at all.. Im not saying you should do it yourself but I felt like I couldn't wait any longer and was desperate.. just wanted to be myself again. So now my period has been crazy it has lasted 2 weeks now but no more mood-swings , my life is back to normal.. everyone tells me how much ive changed and even I can see the difference .. nothing stresses me anymore .. Im happy and loving my hormone-free life ...SAY NO TO IMPANON!

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  130. It is incredible to finally find others like myself! I have been so sad the last 2 years, Ive tried everything upping vitamins, eating well, excercising the weight will not go away Ive gained 30 pounds, Ive never been so emotionally unstable, Ive never been the girl to stay inside all day and be so negative. My anxiety is through the roof. After several doctor visits its time to get this out of me. Its not myself to be so down in the dumps. I have a good life, a good boyfriend, a good job. and yet I cant feel happy for longer than a few moments. Im taking this out monday and hope to feel some normality. thank you so much for this blog. I feel driven.

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  131. Thank you for making me feel like I'm not alone. I got Nexplanon in September, and the first couple of months were fine. I have started feeling very "off" the past couple of weeks. Usually the gym helps destress me, but even with working out six times a week for an hour and a half, plus watching what I eat, I haven't lost a pound. Plus, I have been bawling my eyes out about EVERYTHING!!! My boyfriend has noticed and is really worried about me (which makes me cry even MORE because he's so worried.) I am calling Monday to get this devil stick out ASAP.

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  132. I got the nexplanon in August after the first month I had my first panic attack never had one before so I seriously thought I was dying. After that I had severe depression,suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and my heart was always racing.after having my second panic attack I was convinced it was the nexplanon causing me these problems, went to the doctor an they put me on anxiety pills, wich I did not take because I heard it makes things worse.so now I finally had it removed yesterday I already feel a bit better I'm not were I was before I know it takes time for the hormones to leave ur body.I would not recommend this to anyone

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  133. So i have had the implanon out for 4 months now and i am fully back to my old self! just wanted to let anyone know that was freaking out you would never be normal again like i was! lol. hang in there it gets easier :)

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  134. My 19 year old daughter had the implanon inserted in November. By December, my happy, go lucky girl had changed. She became doubtful, heard voices in her head, unconfident, withdrawn socially and emotionally, very teary, sad, not wanting to work, go to uni, unsure about her loving relationship with her boyfriend, very tired and overwhelmed with depression. We read some negative blogs and had it removed immediately. 4 weeks have passed and she is still the same. Yesterday her GP diagnosed her with depression, prescribing medication. We are so upset about these evil side effects and believe that the manufactures should be held accountable. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW LONG THIS DEPRESSION CAN LAST AND HOW LONG THE HORMONE TAKES TO LEAVE YOUR BODY??? We are desperate to get some answers.

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    1. Same thing happened to me... it takes time... they say the hormones leave the body quickly, well that could be true but you body needs time to balance from the state of shock.. i was prescribed the same thing, but i held off on any type of meds and took.vitamins and believed on GOD to bring me out of the nightmare that the bc caused.. it will get better .. it just take time and FAITH .. hope this helps

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  135. hey everyone!
    just wanted to say i have had the implanon out for 6 months and i am now fully back to normal!! so hang in there!

    To those of you that have recovered are any of you now taking the pill? i want to go back on it but i am terrifed of getting the panic attacks again!

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  136. I am currently experiencing severe anxiety and depression I am always anxious . I honestly feel like I am going insane I ended up in the ER this past week due to Anxiety and I am experiencing weird thoughts . I was a normal 26 year old and now I am anxious all the time and want to avoid any thing that has to do with people even working . I am going to get it removed today I pray to God these weird things go AWAY I want to be normal again . :(

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  137. I'm 21 years old and have had the Implanon implant for a little over 2 years. I am married to literally the most wonderful husband of all time; he really is my best friend. I got the implant just before we were married (woo abstinence before marriage). I chose it for the convenience. The government sites made it sound very appealing. Things have been going downhill gradually ever since. I had a panic attack the day before my wedding, which was the first sign of what was to come. I have suffered from depression for most of my life, but never serious enough to need antidepressants. I also had never been on any type of contraceptive before.
    My sister-in-law got the implant at the same time I did. She started her period almost immediately, and like a lot of women here, it never stopped. Her doctor had her double-up on the NuvaRing to stop the bleeding. THAT has to be good on the ovaries. Her mood also changed almost immediately. We all joked with her about what an ice-queen she had become. She has a very sensitive system, so we are used to things affecting her drastically. My side-effects had a more insidious onset.
    The Implanon was AMAZING for the first year of marriage. It was so convenient for us as newlyweds. Conflict between us broke out here and there, but we always resolved it quickly so I didn't think anything of it. A year ago, we went to Spain for our first anniversary. What a nightmare. We had fun, but we had to work very hard to have fun. Still, didn't think of the implant. Now, just within the last six months my very, very, VERY understanding husband has started to say that he has no idea who I have become. If he says one wrong thing I jump down his throat. He used to fight with me when I would get in a mood, but now he just looks at me sadly and says, "I'll wait for you." I don't mean to be melodramatic, but my life has become melodramatic. It was actually his idea that it might be the implant doing this to my hormones. All I had to type into the search bar today was "implanon s" and it came up with a cornucopia of the side effects that I now realize are due to my birth control! My depression has been out of control. I don't want to do anything anymore, I just want to stay in bed and not talk to anyone. I've also had suicidal thoughts. The weight gain has also been very annoying, and haven't even gained that much weight (10-15 pounds), but I NEVER feel full anymore. Any chocolate or sugar in sight and it is in my mouth. The cravings are incredible! I've started sneaking candy bars into the house and hiding them! It's ridiculous! My periods have gotten slightly heavier and my cramps have gotten worse, but nothing terrible.
    The big thing is that my affection toward my husband is all but gone, which is very disturbing because we used to be attached at the hip. Sometimes I can barely manage to kiss him before bed. My libido is gone when it used to be pretty overactive. At first I just assumed the honeymoon period was over and that this is how it will be, but during the upswings after the depressed episodes, everything is just how it used to be. We are loving, happy and have a great sex life... for 2 days. The rest of the month is complete horror. I can see it hurts him so much, but I can't seem to help it. It's killing our once perfect relationship. My appointment to get the implant removed is next week. I hope to get my life back and my best friend back and repair the damage that has been done. I'm frightened that post-removal will be worse, like some women say here. I don't know how much more we can take.
    Why have birth control if you aren't having sex anyway?

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  138. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have had the implanon for three months and never felt so depressed and emotional in all my life. My new boyfriend has been putting up with me and I feel so scared that I push him away. I hurt the people closest to me and I love them so much. I have booked in to get the implant removed, I want my normal life back.

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  139. IM So happy I came across this site Im 22 years old i had the implant Inserted and less than a year later I started to feel like alot of you women I thought I was going crazy....I had horrible mood swings, yelling uncontrolably at my boyfriend. Chest pains, horrible cramping in my legs bad headaches ...heavy irregular bleeding...after awhile it got worst I would full blown cry over the sightest thing. I was depressed with anxiety my emotions were everywere.....I couldnt control them at all. One minute id be fine and the next id be crying thinking I was crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because of these over whelming emotiond Befor I had the implant I was very "normal" and very unemotional i healthy sex and social life a bubbly funny person. That everyone loved. Id NEVER EVER felt anything like it and it scared me till about 3 days ago a girlfriend came over to get her hair done and she asked me if I still had mine and told me she had hers removed for the exact same reasons I was having.......a little after she left I started to research it and came across many of stories like mine this morning I had it removed.....so far I feel fine doctor says it will take about a week befor I can get prego and he admitted depression and anxiety is a side effect. Im happy its over and wouldnt wish what I went through on my worst enemy.....

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  140. I had the implanon inserted 3.5 months ago. Fore the first 2 months all was great. For the last month and a half I have had heavy bleeding. The past few days I have been exhausted and crying uncontrollably. I feel little to no affection towards my boyfriend who has been nothing but kind and supportive to me, however I cant control my feelings, they just seem to be numb.
    All was so great for the first two months, could this be late side affects from the implanon?

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  141. I had Nexplanon inserted in Mar of this year for contraceptive and to try and aid the pain and discomfort I felt every month on my period. I had it taken out last Friday end of May as I was feeling so ill :-(. I have been feeling lightheaded, dizzy, sicky dull headache everyday at some stage. I have now been bleeding for 4 weeks and one week was so bad I had to run to the toilet nearly every half hour flooding tampons and pads and super ones!!! I spoke to the Dr and they had no empathy just said it takes time to settle, I just said I am sorry I cannot put up with this. I also have been feeling very down and when I am down I eat so I have been gaining weight as I have been comfort eating, ive not felt this down in a long, long time, I know the implant has been removed (less than a week) but I am at my lowest at the moment so I am hopeful this means the hormone is nearly out as it's my bodys way of sorting itself out I hope!!!! My relationship with my husband is terrible, he is annoyed with me as we have not had any contact in a long time due to the bleeding and I feel now he has no sympathy so I feel so alone. Thank you for this blog it has made me feel a little better and that there is hope this could all end soon. I am pleased I didn't keep it in if I was like this only after just shy of 3 months!!! Good luck to you all xx

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  142. I'm 25 and I decided to get Nexaplon in July 2013 after a few of my friends had it and it sounded like a great deal to me. The first couple months were fine (I think I actually remember not having a period). I then started to have very irregular periods. It would be one week on, then like a couple days off and then a week or more on again. I had issues with anxiety before but it was only due to certain situations but during this time my anxiety went through the roof. I had terrible cramping, when I never really did even before I got the implant.

    The past 5 months or so have been the worst. I started having very heavy flows and HUGE blood clots. It was so bad that I would use a super plus tampon within 3 hours. I would wake up in the morning rushing to the bathroom with blood running down my leg. I went to see my OB and she told me that it might be thinning out the wall of my uterus and after an ultrasound we found out that it was HALF the size that it should be. She put me on extra estrogen to build up the wall and that would only help for a month or so before I was back on the heavy periods.

    Last week was my breaking point. I had finals week so I knew I was already stressed but I had been on my period for 3 weeks and my hormones were insane. I had an anxiety attack and I haven't had one in a long time. I know it because of the implant.

    I got it removed today and I just wish I didn't wait so long. One of my closest friends has had it for years and it works for her, so I know it's not all evil but it just wasn't right for me. I'm just worried now that since my lining of my uterus was thinned that I may have complications down the road. If I have problems with having kids later, I'm going to be devastated. Even though this can work for some people, I will be telling every woman I know to stay away from this. Even my OB said that she wouldn't recommend it to any of her patients. I hope you ladies won't wait to get it removed it you're having issues. Do it now. It won't get better, it'll just get worse.

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  143. I'm so thankful for this!Thank you all for sharing your experiences.I thought I had finished my research to meet with the dr next week..Then I was telling my friend just now about it and came online to show her a pic..only to meet upon this.No no,never.Thank You!I already think I've gone through enough minors with the injection.I have to find another way.Im a young bride.Blessings and a joyful life to you all!

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  144. I cannot believe this solution is offered without better guidance through the side effects. I stuck it out for a year, believing as I had been told that it gets better and better and after a year I should like it... how wrong the doctor was. My period has been none stope for 5 weeks, and very heavy and I feel like I've completely lost my personality.
    I had been a confident and sociable sales person in the past. But now I have anxiety just thinking about talking to people, I've felt very reluctant to talk in public, avoiding nights out socialising and generally having sleepless nights lay awake with worry I cannot shake off.
    My review of Implanon - Dont take it. It's too risky and can ruin your mental health.
    I have mine removed today I hope.
    I just hope my mood can return to normality and I'm not broken completely. I have felt like I've lost myself and no longer know who I am, and what I do know I don't like any more.
    Once I have had it out I will update with any good news.... fingers crossed i will be back to my old sociable self sooner than later.... Wish me luck.
    Good luck to all those suffering.
    And to those considering implanon.... please think again, I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

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  145. Hello everyone,
    Just wanted to say I've had the implanon out for four months now, I'm completely back to normal the anxiety attacks and depression are gone. thank God I never thought I would feel like my old self again.it takes time but hang in there it does get better:)

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  146. Hi I have had implant in niw and have done since July 2013. I was fine at first but since I had it put iy I have never stopped bleeding. Sometimes light sometimes heavy. Im with my current partner and all ive been like is moody, tired, very down constantly paranoid over things. I can't stop crying and my mood can go from happy to sad in a split time. After reading people's comments I think it may be the implant. Im sick of feeling unhappy. My partner and best friend said I look like I have no sparkle in my eyes anymore and I look totally drained of life basically. Im so unhappy.

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  147. Im a 16 whose had an irregular period since I was about 14, I've tried pills, the shot and then I tried implanon. I've had implanon in since late October of 2013 and at first I bled every day for 3 months straight, but my blood count was fine. Now I do sometimes get mood swings, but when it comes to my period I only spot for about 4 days a month. Yes, this birth control has its ups and downs but it depends on the individual. So stop bashing each other's experiences/opinions. It all depends on the individual and their body.

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  148. Hi. I've been looking for answers for my fiance as she suffered non stop severe head aches, depression, anxiety, anger etc. She had it removed nearly 3 years ago which she quickly got better most of the part but still seems wound up randomly and her sex drive is still completely dead. I struggled to keep up with her at times before she had that disgusting rod put in her arm.
    She had the implanon in for around 8 months.
    I did read elsewhere that it's all a mental state but can't seem to find any real answers and doctors won't give a answer. How the hell are they allowed to put these things in people with such little information as to possible severity of side effects.

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  149. Hi. I've been looking for answers for my fiance as she suffered non stop severe head aches, depression, anxiety, anger etc. She had it removed nearly 3 years ago which she quickly got better most of the part but still seems wound up randomly and her sex drive is still completely dead. I struggled to keep up with her at times before she had that disgusting rod put in her arm.
    She had the implanon in for around 8 months.
    I did read elsewhere that it's all a mental state but can't seem to find any real answers and doctors won't give a answer. How the hell are they allowed to put these things in people with such little information as to possible severity of side effects.

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  150. So... I have had 2 other implanons in the past, both fine, no real major issues. this time I got it inserted in April and have had issues... firstly my arm got majorly infected but cleared it up in antibiotics. then it has been itchy. then in the last my month my mood has been erratic.. not the normal happy go lucky kinda person that I am. fighting with my work collegues over the stupidest things, and my housemates and now my "friends with benefits" partner...
    I haven't had the drop in libido (if anything it may have increased!), Weight Gain (stayed about the same), or headaches. I have just been on edge, argumentative, depressed, cry at the drop of a hat (for no reason)... all that I am putting down to the implanon, I don't have great financial pressures or anything that is really on my mind so I don't have anyother reason for it. seeing the doctor today.

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  151. I got Implanon in October 2012 after my bf suggested it to me, as his past gf had it and it was "worry free". We began dating in July 2012, and it was the most perfect thing either of us had known. I decided to get Implanon 3 months later to be safe. It sounded so perfect, and I thought it was until I began thinking just this morning. In January 2013 we had our first fight. I thought it was over, but we bounced back stronger than ever. Around June 2013 I started having problems at home and had a huge lashing out with my parents, and moved in with my bf. It was the best thing that could've happened to us. I ended up making amends with my family and began to stay home some. In November 2013 my bf asked me to marry him, and it was the happiest thing I have ever felt! I was over the moon for MONTHS! The date was set in October. However in March I noticed he didn't seem quite as excited anymore. After he told me he didn't think we were quite ready I was absolutely devastated. I apparently over thought what he told me and way over reacted. I thought the stress and extreme anxiety came from that very moment, but now that I have accepted this and understand it has not gone away. I seem to over react to everything. And since March I have cried damn near every day, I am very emotional about EVERYTHING. And one little thing can trigger me to have terrible anger problems. I was thinking this morning, before I began reading any of these posts, about why I was having these issues. I realize it really all started when I got Implanon. I was happy and had never been so SAD! I'm just sad all the time. I want to lay in bed and pout. I discovered I have anxiety just about a month ago. I'm planning on calling for an appointment tomorrow morning to have it taken out and just being extremely careful with a different type of bc, that is if my fiancé can ever forgive me.

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  152. The bc hadn't given me many problems or really even any periods until the past few months where I have had a period nearly all the time. I have also been having AWFUL cramps (which I've always had, but not since I got implanon in). I have been so depressed I've even been thinking of ways to kill myself. Thankfully I cannot give those thoughts any light (just another irrational thought). I also have NEVER EVER before had PMS, and that seems to be when I've been have the worst thoughts, reactions, and emotions lately. Sex drive is still fine though. I just hope I get it out and return to the way I was 2 years ago!

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  153. After a year and a half of implanon, I've had headaches, dealt with acne, very tender breasts, eczema on two of my toes (which I never had before the implanon- neither acne nor eczema). And also noticed MY HAIR GOT THINNER which freaked me out the most. Also went from an everyday sort of person to having no interest in sex at all, which also sucked. No weight gain at least. But damn if I haven't been super self conscious about my hair!

    Well I decided the birth control wasn't worth all the shitty side effects so I called a doctor and found out it would be 350$ to have it removed! What a load of shit! I KNEW it would only take like five minutes to get it out and I'm cheap so I just did it myself.

    I am so relieved to have it out of my arm finally. Hopefully I'll be looking forward to sexy time soon. GAH

    I don't recommend anyone attempt to remove theirs on their own.

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  154. I had mine inserted February of 2013. I have had it now for a year and a half, and I want it out!!

    I have been dealing with migraines that are always behind my left eye and last for days. Just touching my eyelid causes horrific pain. I never had migraines before the implant.

    Within the first 6 months of having it in, I gained 30 lbs. Which for me, was horrible as I have always had good metabolism and have been a constant 140 lbs. for the past 15 years. Even through pregnancy, my metabolism sky rockets and I gained 21, 12 and 11 lbs. for each pregnancy and within a month or less I was back to my normal size. My husband had heart surgery in April of 2013, and after the Dr. told him to eat Paleo/Cave man diet for his heart health, so we did it as a family. Everyone in my family has lost weight but me. I should have been shedding pounds with eating Paleo and going to the gym 5 days a week, but nope. I still did not put 2 and 2 together and think it was the implant.. I attributed it to getting older, but I am only 32.

    I have had severe mood swings, and I haven't had that issue before, as I am usually a bubbly kind of person. But I lash out and get angry at a moments notice. I don't like the person I have become..

    I no longer want to participate during sex, I just have no drive, and I don't seem to ever be lubricated enough. I am constantly dry, and that is really hard for me to deal with. We used to be bunnies!!!!

    All of these things I would wish on no one, they all take a toll on a woman's image of herself, and we all know that is not always the easiest thing to deal with. I am glad for a page like this for the support and to know that I am not the only one out there that is having these problems.

    The only 2 things I see as a positive for this damned thing is that I didn't get pregnant and I had no period the whole time. But then again, is the side effects that I have been going through worth all the hassle? No, not for me. I am making an appointment for removal as soon as possible, and if it is to expensive to have it removed, I am making my R.N. sister help me take it out.

    Thank you ladies for all sharing your story. It is good to have the camaraderie to know that I am not alone in this battle.

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