I have been on Implanon and then Nexplanon for a number of years now (at least 9 and I will be getting another next month) with no side effects whatsoever apart from the best one - no periods! I absolutely love it. I have lost 3 and half stone with Slimming World during that time and also put some back on when my resolve went, so I know my weight has nothing to do with the implant. (Unlike when I ballooned on the pill). I also have another friend who uses it with no issues atall. I think it just depends on your physiology as to whether it will work the same way for you. I hope it does. One tip: get it done in the winter months so you can wear long sleeves to hide the bruising as it looks a bit gruesome for a little while !
Mine didn’t hurt at all! That used a needle full of anaesthetic and completely numbed after 2 minutes or so, if you’ve ever had you ears pierced it’s a similar like procedure just for a flat surface and they pierce the skin making a little hole and slide the thing in with no pain atall! Usually anyways. Hurts a little for the next couple of days and the bruising goes away after a week. I haven’t had a period at all not even anything and haven’t gotten pregnant so I recommend and is quite good for teenagers that have period trouble. Once it’s there you forget about it really!
I'm not sure about the weight gain/water retention thing because I eat like crap anyway, but I've found the mood swings to be really bad. I'll have very happy periods and then others where I find it hard not to burst out in tears in public, but that might be me. I'm considering getting it removed for that reason.
If anyone reading this is considering getting the implant, DON'T! I had it put in a year ago, and immediately started putting on weight, esepcially around the chest and stomach. I also bleed for weeks without stopping, which comes on suddenly. I started trying to get it removed in April but when my appointment finally came around in June, they found that it was too deep in my arm to remove. I have gone through a stressful referral process and had one appointment canclled when I was on the train home to get it done later that day. I have an appointment for January, and I am certain it is going to be cancelled again. I am about one drink away from just cutting it out myself with a kitchen knife. I would rather have an unplanned pregancy than this. It isn't worth it
I dion't sleep with lads but I use the implant to treat my PMDD, and I love it so much.
The first few weeks i felt uncomfortable and bloated, and was spotting. Now i don't have a period and am in no pain at all. Some girls still spot though, its different for everyone.
Also i think its the best option for girls our age because i always used to forget to take the pill at the worst times aha.
Good luck girl x