Is contraception a taboo subject? I’m not sure! My friends and I have very open relationships and so we talk about all sorts. I’m not sure if it’s common practice to openly discuss contraception?
Regardless, I’m going to. It is a part of pretty much every grown woman’s life – and most mens too. We are all aware of it and the options available to us, and make decisions on the type of contraception that would suit our lifestyle. If you’re anything like me though, you don’t always know much about the possible negative sides of some contraceptions, and the mess it can make!
I, like many teenagers before me, started taking the pill around 17 or 18. At the time I didn’t really think of using anything else. I’m not sure if anyone tried to suggest anything else, but if they did I wasn’t really listening.
It took me over a year to find a pill that I’m happy with. One made me so hungry that I was waking at 3am with my stomach rumbling and had to have a snack. Another made my skin break out and gave me crazy PMT. Eventually I found something I was happy with though, and I plodded along with that for about 5 years.
In 2012 I opted to have the contraceptive implant fitted. I loved it straight away as it meant I knew I was covered, and I had the added bonus of no period during that time. I used it for 3 years without a hitch….. and was pregnant within a week of it being removed.
After Piglet was born I didn’t think twice about having the implant reinserted. It went in when he was about 10 weeks old and all was fine until September last year, when he was around 6 or 7 months old.
An apparently common side effect of the contraceptive implant is spotting. Having not really experience it the first time around it had never occurred to me that I would have an issue this time. I couldn’t have been more wrong – and from September to February this year it is something I have had to content with.
I have been controlling it for the last 5 months using the pill, but finally concluded that I was just going to have the implant removed and carry on with just the pill. If only it were that easy!
I had an appointment to have it removed earlier this week. Having had one out before I didn’t really think anything of it. It should only take a couple of minutes. When the doctor was looking at my arm though, she opted to not try and remove it herself. It had gone in pretty deep, so in the spirit of not making a mess of my arm trying to get it out she decided to get me to return the next day and see someone who specialises in that sort of thing.
I duly returned and took my place. The doctor took a while to find the implant, which wasn’t a greta start, and decided she was going to need a 2nd pair of hands to get it out. I spent 25 minutes with my arm above my head as she poked and prodded and tugged, using a nurse to push on the end of the implant to try and coax it out.
Thankfully, out it came. I’ve been left very sore, with what I’m sure will be a lovely new scar and unfortunately a high risk of infection. But it is out!
Difficulties in removal weren’t something I’d really considered when I had either of my implants inserted. I had taken it for granted that it would go in and out without a hitch – lesson learnt!
Since I’m a serial over-sharer I encouraged a few others to tell me what they have found difficult with contraception. This is what they had to say:
Mummy To Dex “Was on the implant for nine years before coming off to get pregnant- never had periods and it was bliss!
Decided to go on the POP (Progestogen Only Pill) after having Dex, didn’t want something as long term as the implant and I can’t take a pill with oestrogen due to migraines. I bled for the first six weeks I was taking the POP so I stopped, gave my body a break for a few months and tried again. Once again I bled for weeks on end so gave up. Not taking anything at the moment! (But too tired for sex anyway )“
Then There Were Three “I was on the implant after having my daughter…. no wonder we wanted to start trying again within a year I was an absolute cow!! My periods were all over the place too. Not sure what we will be using once this baby is born!“
That British Betty “I had the implant fitted about eight months ago. No periods, settled my moods and is proving to be an incredibly effective contraception.
Namely because my libido had also vanished! Completely. Prior to the implant, we had a decent amount of, erm…grown up time. Within a few weeks of having it fitted, I had absolutely no desire to fornicate whatsoever.
I can count on one hand the amount of occasions it’s happened this year My poor husband is not too impressed but I’m delighted at the prospect of no babies…”
Twinderelmo has written her own post about her experience with the contraceptive implant “It was pure agony having it fitted and removed, not to mention how it sent me a little loopy and totally sent my cycle crazy“
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