My Birth Control Implant

THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. Let me tell you the story of how I got my birth control implant. Now, I’m not a doctor and I’m talking 100% on my personal experience here, so keep that in mind as you read this post. If you have any questions about the experience itself that you think I can answer, please go ahead and leave it in the comments below. Let’s get started, shall we?

So this is not actually a super old story like some I’ve told you here. I got my implant pretty recently even though I’d been thinking about it for a while. I first heard about the subdermal birth control implant when I was starting university because one of my classmates had it. Now, this is inserted right under the skin of your forearm, hence the name.

As far as I know, there are two types of subdermal implants: one that lasts up to three years, and one that lasts up to five years. I got the latter, which are actually two tubes, as opposed to the one you get with the former. The way this works in Colombia is through an agency that is our equivalent of Planned Parenthood. My gynecologist wrote an order for the implant, and I went directly to the agency, paid for it and got it inserted. Yes, I had to pay, but the cost covered both the implant and the insertion process, plus a pregnancy test that I had to take as part of the whole thing.

If you’re looking for long-term birth control, I would suggest you to research everything about the method you’re interested in. By that I mean be really sure that you want to undergo whichever procedure the method requires and that you know the steps you need to follow. If there’s an agency that is in charge of this in your country, go online, make calls, get informed. I’m telling you this so that you don’t waste your time or your money, and so that what you ultimately choose what really suits you.

I picked this particular implant after going online and researching about different birth control methods. I am personally opposed to birth control pills just because there are studies that have shown the possible effects these might have on women who’ve taken them for a long time as well as their children. I also don’t want to rely on having to take a pill every single day because what if I forget? or what if I’m taking antibiotics? For me there are just too many factors in the equation and I don’t want to take risks.

All birth control methods have possible side effects and no birth control method is 100% effective, only abstinence, so I know that still with the implants the “risk” is there. What I mean is, the responsibility of the method working effectively doesn’t rely solely on me, if that makes any sense. I also know that if I want to, I can get the implant removed, but for now that’s not an option I’m considering. I got the five year one because I’ve always thought that if I were to have kids it would happen after I’m 30, and right now I’m 24 so you can do the math. Again, I don’t think I’ll want to try and have kids before the implant stops working as it should, but if that happens, I’ll just get it removed by going to the same agency where I had it inserted.

I want to say I got my implant almost two months ago, so I can tell you from my experience what’s it been like. My arm was absolutely gross for about five days after the insertion. I had a bandage I couldn’t remove for four days, and the general area of the implant was all bruised, like those yellow and black bruises you get from a surgery. I didn’t experience any pain per se, but then again, I didn’t use that arm for basically anything.

There are people I know who had a horrible experience with the implant, and actually needed to get it removed. I’m talking about physical and psychological symptoms related to getting the implant. Remember that what you’re getting in your body is a five-year injection of hormones that are preventing you from getting pregnant. Here I want to insist on looking at the side effects before making a decision. You might experience bleeding, you might go up to three months without getting your period, your emotional state and sex drive might experience changes. And these are what are considered the “common” side effects.

I haven’t experienced either of those, at least not in ways that I associate directly with the implant. I already got my period once and it was actually lighter than it usually is, so that’s good and I hope it keeps coming that way for the next five years. During the days after getting the implant, I was pretty horny, which I didn’t expect because I was sort of fearing the opposite. I haven’t gained any weight, in fact I think I’ve lost some, although I don’t think that’s related to the implant. All in all, I’ve had a dreamy experience and I’m almost certain it’ll continue that way.

I’m pretty sure I covered everything about the implant. Oh yea, you get local anesthesia, so you only feel the pinch of the needle, then nothing else. Now, I covered everything. Again, if you have any question regarding my own personal experience, leave a comment below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

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