Cher Horowitz
Rockstar December 2019

Birth Control Implant Question

Cher Horowitz, on November 22, 2019 at 9:30 PM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 39
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This might be a personal question, but has anyone had experience with the birth control implant that goes into the arm?

I'm currently on pills but want a more effective form of birth control. Unfortunately, the only appointment for insertion available is 3 days before my wedding - does anyone know if this is too little time for recovery?

Any other feedback on your experience would be much appreciated as well Smiley smile

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  • Suzie
    Expert October 2020
    Suzie ·
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    I don’t have an arm implant, but I do have an IUD and it was the best decision I ever made. Mirena, with hormones, lasts 5 years, or there is a non-hormonal one that lasts for 10. Discomfort during the insertion, followed by bad cramping throughout the day, but I was fine by the next day. Added plus is I don’t get a period anymore, although not everyone experiences that. You can also have it removed at any time if you decide you want to have children. I know not exactly what you asked for, but it is a great birth control option!

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Thank you for your response! I've looked into IUDs and I'll have to keep that in mind!

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  • Suzie
    Expert October 2020
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    Def look into it! I was so nervous about it at first, but it is SO worth it. I just got my second one this past January 👍🏻

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  • A
    Just Said Yes October 2020
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    I have the arm implant and it took about a week for the bruising to go away and that bandage strips were on for at least three days. So if you get it three days before you may have bruises in your pictures.
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  • Neeva
    Expert April 2020
    Neeva ·
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    I think bruising and swelling is common with the arm implant. Look into an IUD and talk all the options over with your doctor.

    I would strongly recommend against changing your birth control methods before your wedding, the last thing you want is a hormone change!

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  • Kendra
    Dedicated November 2019
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    I would wait until after the wedding. I heard there is bad bruising with arm implant, and I bled for almost two weeks after my IUD was inserted.
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  • Nikki
    Dedicated August 2020
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    I don't have the implant but do have the 10 year IUD (copper). I absolutely don't recommend it, it's the most vicious shark week. Unless you already have super light periods it's not worth it. I still have 5 years left on it but will probably switch soon either to Mirena or the implant. Also if you do get an IUD, the insert process isn't the greatest. It will give you the worse cramps of your life. All that being said, an IUD is worth it just not to have to think about, but it's a process.

    My only concern with the implant is I heard there's a higher chance of gaining weight on it. Anyone have this experience?
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  • Kora
    Expert September 2020
    Kora ·
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    I have had the arm implant for 3 years now and I am anemic (low iron so I bruise easily) and I barely had any bruising or swelling when I had it done! There was a bandage on it for 12 hours.. it felt a little sore, kinda like when you give blood.. The only thing I would say is that the hormones for me kicked in pretty quick and it makes me very emotional and bloated.. other than that I LOVE it !! 😊
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  • Megan
    Rockstar November 2020
    Megan ·
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    I haven’t had an implant, but I have an IUD and I would NOT recommend getting it right before the wedding.
    I also second other posters responses about not changing up your hormones right before the wedding.
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  • Watts
    Super March 2020
    Watts ·
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    Definitely don't get the IUD any time close to the wedding. I got mine and my body rejected it and pushed it down in to my uterine wall. It was very painful and I had to have it removed 48 hours after getting it in.
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  • Jess
    Expert October 2019
    Jess ·
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    I don’t have an implant since my system is pretty sensitive and there can sometimes be reactions to it but i used to do the pill and switched to the birth control patch a while ago!
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  • Jeanie
    Rockstar February 2020
    Jeanie ·
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    Don’t mess with your hormones the week of your wedding!! Not only could you have emotional changes, you could also break out, have cramping or bleeding. You also won’t know if it’s something you’re going to have a bad reaction to. Not a good idea at all.
    I had a Mirena for years, I actually was on my second when I had my tubes removed. I had no problems with it. I know that there are a lot of options for IUDs out there now. Just make sure you do your research, especially if you haven’t had children yet.
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  • Courtney
    Super September 2019
    Courtney ·
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    I have the arm implant and it left a bruise that took a while to heal. I would REALLY try to avoid getting an implant that close to the wedding because there’s a real chance you’ll have a bruise. Overall I really like the implant and I’ll probably be getting another one but the timing might not work in your situation.
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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    That's what I was worried about Smiley amazing

    Thank you for letting me know!

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    You definitely bring up a great point! I'm leaning more toward waiting until after the wedding now

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Thank you for sharing your advice and experience! I wouldn't want bruising in my wedding photos!

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Thank you for sharing your experience with me! I'm so sorry this happened to you

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    I appreciate you sharing your experience with the implant!

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Thank you for your advice! I'm definitely going to hold off on the implant until after the wedding Smiley smile

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    I'm so sorry this happened to you! I appreciate you sharing your experience

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