Help me figure out my birth control
May 16, 2011 4:26 PM Subscribe
Please tell me your experiences with the birth control implant. Plus other birth control questions. I know YANMD.
posted by triggerfinger to Health & Fitness (12 answers total)
After many years happily using Depo-Provera, it was recommended that I take a break from it. So I got the implant (Nexplanon) put in on March 17th of this year.
So far I have had one period which seemed LONG (although it was probably not more than ten days tops) and one episode of spotting. I have also had worse acne, not as much on my face, though that has increased, but down onto my neck as well.
I did really well on Depo. I stopped having periods all together for years. I also had no acne. I was on it for a good ten years, and maybe a few more. I was definitely on it for about the past six or seven years continually and then a few years in my late teens, early twenties and sporadically afterwards (as I was in and out of relationships). I am now 35. I have also in the past been on the pill, the patch and the nuvaring.
I love the implant because it is zero maintenence. But if I'm going to continue to have acne, I may seriously need to reconsider. I don't really love the pill, because I hate taking pills every day. It might be a bit more tolerable if I didn't have to take the pill at the exact same time every day, which I can never remember. It should be said that, in general, the less I have to remember taking, changing or getting something, the better (though I could make myself do it if I had to). I also REALLY like (love) not having a period.
I would love to go back on Depo, but I know there are some concerns about bone density. I have also considered the IUDs (coil and mirena) but I don't think I'd do well with the pain of insertion (the scraping of the cervix during a routine pap smear makes me queasy).
What I'm wondering is: has anyone here ever had the implants and had the acne clear up? Have I just not given it enough time? Also, is a "break" from depo-provera enough? Meaning, does my body sort of "re-set" so I can go back on it after a certain amount of time off of it? I should say that I have always tolerated all previous forms of birth control well. Both depo and the pill made my skin clearer. I kind of assumed that the implant would do the same since that's how my body seems react to birth control in general.
As far as importance, I would have to say clear skin and ease of use are my number one priorities for birth control. Not having a period is a huge benefit, but I wouldn't mind it if I found something that checked the other two boxes. Any advice you could give is much appreciated, thanks.