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    Ive decided to come off the pill as Ive been on it since I was 15 and Im sure that recently it has started to affect my sex drive.

    Im trying to decide between having the contraceptive injection and having the implant, but cant decide. I guess I need to speak to my nurse but I find her a bit forceful sometimes so I dont want to be pushed into having something Im not sure about.

    I must also mention that I have a bit of a problem with needles, which is not good, especially since whatever option I choose will involve them.

    What puts me off the injection is that several people who have been on it have told me that their periods became irregular/heavy after having it. Obviously I know this can happen with the implant, but I like knowing when my period is due (like with the pill) and dont like unexpected bleeding

    Ive read lots of past threads on here about contraception + other websites, but Im still not sure. I really havent a clue what to do, anybody care to give some of their experiences of the injection or implant? Also, does anyone know if a nurse can fit an implant or does it have to be done by a doctor?
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    Well i've had both

    Implant:
    Pros-lasts 3 years
    - didn't have to think about it
    -painless to have in

    Cons- gave me month long periods
    - had to go on the pill to reuglate periods
    - i had lots of headaches and was aneamic too
    - was a ***** to have taken out and it scarred

    Injection:
    Pros-no periods
    -dont have to worry bout it every day
    -injection is fairly painless

    Cons-have to remember to have it every 3 months
    -probably not good if you are afraid of injections (tho i'm not)
    -weight gain (i've put on quite a bit)

    just a few experoences of mine

    Could be wrong but i know implants have to be fitted by trained doctor, not sure about the injection, tho mine is given by a doctor. Think nurses can only give out the pill on repeat prescription.
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    What happens to you on either is rather person dependant, so I guess it's quite hard to advise. I choose the implant over the injection after coming off the pill, because of the 3 year thing, not having to go to the doctor every 3 months to have an injection in the ass and I was reading about the injection and the side effects sounded worse than the implant ones.

    That said, currently having first bleed on implant and... it's not going away ^^

    But hopefully it'll piss off soon, and I'll be virtually periodless...
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    I went from pill to implant quite seamlessly.

    Personally, unlike to 2 people above, I had a period 2 weeks after the implant was in and now, 6 weeks later, still haven't had another. So fingers crossed, I am going to be one of the lucky ones!

    I have a question, does whether you bleed on the implant or not have to do with your weight? It's just I'm quite thin, so I have more of the hormone in me per unit mass than a larger person, so the effects may be more pronounced therefore ensuring I don't bleed at all? I dunno, seems to make sense in my head.

    Anyway, implant has certainly reversed the negative effect the pill had on my sex drive! (Tried to say that in the politest way possible)

    If you were going to try both (ie: couldn't decide) I'd go with the injection first cause that's less permanent and doesn't cost the NHS money to remove if you don't like it. If you don't agree with injection, try the implant.

    Alternatively, you could try another brand of pill that hopefully won't have the side affects your does
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    My friend is on the implant, in fact 2 of my friends are any they both have the problem of heavy bleeding at unexpected times etc and sometimes can last for ages too..

    Ive been on the injection though so i can comment for that and for me (as someone said,everyone is different) after 3 injections my periods had disappeared completely. And it made me really moody too..

    If the pill is affecting your sex drive, then why dont you try a different pill? It might be a better option than either of those options that mess up your periods, because at least theyd still be regular and youd be in control...just an idea..
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    I've been on the jab for nearly 4 years, it's great for someone as forgetful as me. Downside was i've put on a stone in weight and have no periods which can be a little strange at first. I'm going to get my tubes snipped this year as i've got all the family i intent to have. I think the jab kills your sex drive too as your bodily cycles are all to pot, it can't be good for you not having a period year after year. give your body a break that might be all it takes
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    the implant can cause heavy and erratic bleeding for up to 6 months and this si the main reason people have it removed... if your happy to put up with that possiblilty then its a really effective method of contraception.

    Implanon does not cause you to gain weight although it can increase your appetite and whether you chose to eat and apple or a big mac is really the deciding factor on whether you gain weight.

    btw you dont need to go to your usual nurse you can go to a family planning clinic or Brook and see somebody else.
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    If you're worried about heavy bleeding, &c., you could always consider the intrauterine system (IUS), which works for five years, makes periods shorter and lighter, in some cases even stops periods after the first year of use, and can be removed easily at any time. More information: http://www.fpa.org.uk/guide/contracep/ius.htm.

    There are more options than just the implant and the injection (such as the patch, IUD, &c.), so it would be worth going to a family planning clinic perhaps and discussing your options.
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    they are reluctant to give you an IUS if you havent ahd kids as its more liekly to be expelled... also you are more likely to get PID with an IUS particularly if you ahvent got a steady partner... can lead to infertility later on
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    i thought i'd posted before :rolleyes:

    but anyways, i don't know much about your options but have you thought maybe it's something else that's making you lose your sex drive? like maybe you've just gone off sex generally or stress or something? because it does happen,that people just go off sex..
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    (Original post by Lulu34)
    they are reluctant to give you an IUS if you havent ahd kids as its more liekly to be expelled... also you are more likely to get PID with an IUS particularly if you ahvent got a steady partner... can lead to infertility later on

    Well it's slightly more likely to be expelled or displaced, but the doctor or nurse will show you how to check your IUS threads every month; it is on the whole uncommon. The likelihood of developing PID increases slightly within the first twenty days of its being fitted, which is why they often recommend getting an STD test before going through with the procedure. Either way, it's still worth discussing as an option.
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    the risk of infection is increased throughout the whole time you ahve an IUS or IUD for somebody who has not had children there is a risk of expulsion with them also and there can even be problems with insertion as the cervical os has never been opened and this can mean that the individual would even need it inserted operatively.
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    (Original post by Lulu34)
    the risk of infection is increased throughout the whole time you ahve an IUS or IUD for somebody who has not had children there is a risk of expulsion with them also and there can even be problems with insertion as the cervical os has never been opened and this can mean that the individual would even need it inserted operatively.


    Infections: This isn't quite accurate; IUCDs generally increase the risk of infection, but studies suggest that IUS (Mirena) actually protects against infection, especially in people under twenty-five. A World Health Organization study of 22,000 women found that the risk is only increased for the first twenty days of use.

    IUS and IUD aren't directly comparable.

    There is a risk of expulsion and displacement of course, but generally this is only in the first month or so, and as I said, the doctor or nurse will teach you how to check the threads.

    Some people need the device inserted under anaesthetic, but this isn't generally the case.

    As I said, it's not the definitive solution, but it's something that should be considered. Consult the Family Planning Association.
 
 
 
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