In November, I shared my story about contraception. I received so many messages on Instagram of others who have made the change onto the implant – 90% were positive, although there were some people who haven’t had very good experiances.
Notably, the pro’s definitely outweigh the con’s but I was curious as to whether I would have any side effects myself – one of the main con’s was that it could interfere with your periods – they can either become irregular or become heavier, lucky, since I have had the implant fitted, I haven’t had ANY signs of a period what so ever!
Another pretty high side effect was getting headaches – as I have suffered with headaches/migraines for many years, I didn’t think much of this, but, if I am being completely honest, I think I have only had about 2/3 migraines since I’ve been on the implant – I no longer just have ‘standard headaches’, and i would like to think that its because of the implant.
I also took aftercare seriously – I had no infection and my arm healed SO well – every so often, I like to feel my arm, just to check it is still in place (I don’t think this will ever not freak me out), but I feel much better knowing I can still feel it.
Finally, one of the only struggles I have (3 months on) is trying to lose the weight I gained from the depo injection and a mixture of my medication, but I have been consciously trying to make small changes – I feel as the weather gets better it will encourage me more, and now I am working, I have no excuse to sit and eat ‘because I’m bored’.
I honestly believe that since going on the implant, it has been the best decision I have made for myself – I am covered for 3 years and don’t have to worry about anything.
If you are thinking about starting contraception or changing onto the implant, then make an appointment with your local nurse – they will honestly give you the best advice and tell you whether it is the best decision for you or not! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!