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The Contraceptive Implant: Annie’s story

Annie, 22, shares her experience of getting the contraceptive implant and why it has been a great option for her.

In October of 2020, I got the contraceptive implant. This was my first method of hormonal birth control and I still have the same implant to this day (2022). I won’t need to think about changing it until this time next year because it remains fully effective for three years.

I decided to go on the implant because I wanted to take that extra step to avoid getting pregnant. As the implant is more than 99% effective, I felt as protected as I could be with this option and gained more freedom in my relationships.

Before booking my appointment, I researched the other different types of contraception to see which sounded the best method for me.

I feel like people normally go straight for the pill but because I can be so forgetful, I knew this wouldn’t work for me.

I read how effective the implant was and not having to worry about it for the next couple of years seemed ideal!

I had a reasonably good experience getting the implant overall. My appointment was set up really quickly and it wasn’t as painful as I expected it to be, considering it was being inserted into my upper arm.

After the initial flood of hormones, that only lasted a few hours after the implant was put in, I felt completely normal, and it has worked perfectly ever since.

I didn’t experience any negative side effects, except for the initial change in hormones on the day I got the implant, where I did cry for a good hour. However, after this I have no complaints.

My research beforehand did turn up the fact that the implant can rearrange your menstrual cycle and patterns, so I already knew this was a possibility. For approximately eight weeks I had a constant menstruation, but since that two years ago, I haven’t had a single period.

This was ultimately the most positive outcome of having the implant for sure, not having a period for two years is a bonus! The whole original reason I chose to get it – for added protection from pregnancy – has also been successful.

It’s always important to do your research before choosing a hormonal contraception, because there are so many options out there and you need to think which would be best for you and your body.

Don’t just go for the first one you find or are offered without doing your research, because everyone has their own preferences and it’s important to listen to your body’s needs.

Overall, I have had a really good experience with the contraceptive implant. Although I’ve heard horror stories about hormonal contraception, I am very grateful to have found a method that works so well for me.

There are many different options when it comes to contraception, it’s all about finding the right one for you. Read more about the contraceptive implant or browse the different methods.

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