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thecrazycatlady
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I switched from the contraceptive injection to the implant last summer and it's been so much easier to manage. The only problem is that the side effects have been kind of annoying. It was fine for a few months and then the spot breakouts started - I haven't had skin that bad since I was 14!
Now that seems to have calmed down, but now my breasts have become tender and slightly swollen. They've been feeling this way for a few weeks now. The reason I'm slightly worried about this is because a few months ago I found a breast lump. When I went to get it checked out the doctor confirmed it was completely benign, just a fibroadenoma - apparently they're common in women in my family. But I've heard breast tenderness can be a worrying sign...but after how mad my hormones have been on the implant, I know it could just be another annoying side effect.
Has anyone else on the implant experienced this? I was also thinking of switching to the coil, but I've heard it's such an invasive procedure I'd rather only get it if these side effects are actually health risks.
Also - it is highly, highly unlikely I could be pregnant. My boyfriend and I use condoms every time and they have never failed.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Thecrazycatlady,

I'm a little unclear what health risks you're concerned about?

Breast tenderness is common for a lot of people as a response to hormones. Breast tissue is just really sensitive to any sorts of hormonal changes.


Here's some information on the implant that might help you out:

the Contraceptive Implant (Implanon)

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thecrazycatlady
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Thanks!
I think it's just the fact that the tenderness has been going on for so long, I thought it would have gone away by now. My breast lump scare has just made me more wary of any changes going on, I guess. It's more whether or not it's just hormones or could be something more serious. I'm only 20 (don't smoke or drink an awful lot, have a fairly healthy lifestyle) so finding a malignant tumour or something I know is very unlikely, but I've heard prolonged breast swelling and tenderness can be a symptom.
Maybe it seems silly since everyone's experience on hormonal contraception is different, I'd just like to know if anyone else has had a similar experience, to put my mind at ease!

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Robin Lee
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If you're concerned about the prolonged breast tenderness, the best person to talk to would be your doctor since they can actually examine you.

It's understandable that you'd want to hear other people's experiences. Let's see if anyone stops by to weigh in.

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