Around this time last year I made the decision to go on the contraceptive implant. I wrote a post about my implant experience after I had the procedure done, however, I thought I’d do a year update to let you know how things were going. The implant generally takes about a year or so to really settle, so I thought it was only right I did another update.
Firstly, I’d like to talk about my scar and the implant in general. I have no visible scar what so ever on my arm, which occasionally gets itchy but besides that I have no idea it’s there. A few people I know mention occasionally playing with the implant itself, which I’m afraid I’m much too squeamish to do! I have a feel around sometimes to make sure it’s still there (not that it’s going to magically disappear) but I find mine quite hard to find. However it’s not painful or uncomfortable in the slightest, so that hasn’t changed at all since getting it.
As for my periods, when I last spoke about it, they were still coming every month with occasional spotting bleeding. I have to say that they’re pretty much almost gone now, this month I had somewhat of a period (a couple of days of bleeding) which is the first I’ve had in at least 6 months or so now, but I do still have the odd spotting. This never seems to last more than one day and TMI warning, looks nothing more than the type of bleeding you get at the end of a period, aka, dark, almost brown and stringy. The period I did have this month was normal but quite painful, my periods before were quite painful anyway, but it probably hurt because I’m not used having them often anymore!
I haven’t seen any problems with my emotions or anything like that, but I do have some side effects that I didn’t have from my previous blog post. One thing I’ve really struggled with is hormonal spots on my back. I’ve never suffered with this problem so I’m putting it down to the implant but I get a lot of spots on my back, chest and arms since starting on the implant. I do have to admit that over the last month or so it has started to calm down, so maybe I’m adjusting to the hormone levels, but it’s certainly something that has made me very self conscious and wasn’t a side effect I was aware of so it might be something to be wary of.
Despite the last downer point, I’m still very happy I decided to go on the implant. It’s the easiest way for me to be safe without worrying about taking a pill everyday or having to worry about going back to the doctors all the time for a prescription. I’m hoping that my hormones level out a little and help with my spots but if it continues I think I’m going to talk to the doctor and see if anything can be done about that separately.
Have you got the implant or are thinking about going on it? Please let me know if you have any questions or want to chat about it in the comments! I found these blog posts really helpful to read before I decided to have mine done, so I hope this helps.