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Quick question about the implant method of birth control. I know it is good for a number of years, it is hormone based, and there is a small surgery up front to implant the... implant [Smile]

So, how invasive is the procedure? Do they knock you out, or is a little bit of local anesthetic all they use? Will there be a mark on my arm when they are done, and if so, what will it look like? Is scarring ever an issue? Can you feel the implant after it is inserted? Are there any activities (e.i. rock wall climbing or something) that can cause you to feel it, or do you just forget it is there?

Also- how many times can you get the implant?

I ask because I have diabetes, and /sometimes/ my body doesn't like to heal all the way. If I get a bug bite on my foot, a little mark stays there for months. I had a mole removed on my back 6 years ago, and there is still a very noticeable scar (granted my doctor screwed up the sticking, but I digress). I think the implant sounds like a nice alternative for me, but if it is a big procedure that could lead to some scarring, I am not sure if it would be the best choice for me.

Also, if anyone has actually had the implant, I would love to hear what you think of it [Smile] )))

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Oh whoops, I should have posted this in Safer Sex & Birth Control, sorry about that. I am not sure if someone could move it for me? Or if I can move it somehow?
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We do have a series of articles by volunteer Karyn about her experiences with the implant, that will probably be helpful to read:
Implanon, Part 1
Implanon, Part 2
Implanon, Part 3
Some of your procedural questions are covered there. =)

As for how your diabetes might impact the healing process, I think that's something you'd have to discuss with your doctor. Our main article about the implant, found here: the Contraceptive Implant (Implanon) does say that diabetics may not be great candidates for the implant, but your doctor would be able to evaluate that with you.

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Just popping in to say that I'm the one who wrote that blog series, so if you have any more questions after you read that and the main article, I'm more than happy to answer them.

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Hi there! I just got the implant on the 10th of this month, and though I'm relatively able-bodied, I just wanted to give some quick feedback on how it's been affecting me, as I know I was looking around anxiously for this kind of information while researching.

They wiped my arm with some local anesthetic. There was decent bruise there for about a week and a half. Fifteen days later, there's a little bit of a red scar/scab, but it's healing nicely. You can sort of see a little pink line where the rod is, but I think it's fading. You can feel mine, but I'm not sure how much that varies doctor to doctor - mine said he put it in shallowly, so it'll be easy to take out later. Either way, it doesn't bother me, and I like creeping people out with it. So far, I haven't found it bothering me during any activities. I'm a bondage model, and I was worried that the ropes might interfere with it somehow, but two different doctors assured me that there should be no problem, so I imagine rock climbing will be fine.

I love the implant. The only side effect I've experienced so far is being hungry a lot, which is slightly annoying, but manageable, and I'm hoping it'll die down or I'll adjust soon.

Good luck [Smile]

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Hey all!

Thanks for all the info, and sorry for taking so long to get back to you!

Here are my concerns about the implant, and the only things holding me back at this point:

1) I am trying to loose some weight to fall into a healthier range. I gained weight while at college, and I want to get back down before I start my uber stressful job in October. I already eat healthy, but I am trying to workout more and more every week. When I was on the pill (the one with estrogen in it), it made it harder for me to loose weight. That in combination with some of my other diseases (hypothyroid and diabetes) made it super hard for me to do anything but stabilize my weight. Would the hormones in the implant have an affect on this? Did either of you experience weight issues?

2) I was taken off of the pill with estrogen in it, because of a very small chance of stoke because of the one migraine I got while I was on it. I know that the implant does not have estrogen in it, but how does it make you feel vs other hormonal birth control you have used? I would get headaches and experienced some emotional plateauing from the pills I was on, along with some decrease in sexual drive. Now that I am off it, I have an increase in sexual drive, but I also get WAAAAY moodier before and during periods, which is something that the hormonal birth control helped with. Would the implant have similar affects to this, or is all of that a result of the estrogen?

3) What happens if you decide you don't like it? Is it still $400 a pop to get it inserted, and another couple hundred bucks to get it out? I am afraid that if I get it, and it makes me feel crappy, I will struggle to raise the funds to have it out. Plus dropping a a half-a third of your paycheck on something that you get out 6 months later would pretty much suck [Smile]

You guys roooooooock.

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Hi Kabith,

Just jumping in to add that these are all definitely questions you'll want to ask the provider who will be putting in the implant, especially 1 and 3, as they would have a good sense of how the implant will interact with your other diagnoses and what the removal process would entail.

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