Average Rating: 2.2 (203 Ratings)

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 1  Prevention pregnancy Mood swings, depression, severe anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations, heart racing, hot flushes, dizziness, shivers, nervousness, anger At the beginning was ok, then mood started to changed, more crying, felt hopeless, unwanted, worthless, was blaming husband for everything, lovely man pulled up with all crap I put on him, depression went worse, and anxiety attacks with panick attacks coming suddenly from nowhere , in last two weeks I end up at ER, I'm booked for tomorrow to take this Implanon out, I'm so done, I want my life back.... F 40 1 years
1X D
 1  To not get pregnant I've been having dizzy spells lightheaded blurry vision moodiness really bad anxiety and depression I have completely lost who I am I had a period for a month straight the first year but I havent had one since boobs hurt i dont know if these are side effect from the nexplanon but I'm getting taken out tomorow I dont feel real I feel like I'm dead honestly F 29 100 days
30mg 1X D
 2  Not to get pregnant 2 months after insertion, I started having chest pain, numbness in the left arm, I then took it out..... After taking it out, I have back pain and the whole body aches. M 30 0 days
1X D
 3  Birth control 8kg weight gain- after nearly 20 years only fluctuating a few kilos it's quite obvious it's the extra hormone. My mood has stabilised but I feel very lathargic and tired all the time. Having extra blood tests to make sure everything is in order. I have lost all libido... so use it definitely works as a contraceptive. I'm less confident about my body and I don't even think about sex. Really painful to get put in. F 39 12 months
1X O
 1  Prevent pregnancy Mood swings,deppresion,emotional, headache, dizziness, lightedness,numbness and tingling ,anxiety, weight gain ,general body ache I will not recommend anyone to use it,my experience is bad F 25 10 months
 2  no pregnancy constant headaches and lightheadedness, on and off period for 4 months, horrible pms in between each period such as depression, cramps and irritability. just got it removed today! hoping for life to get a little brighter F 18 1 years
not sure
 1  To not get pregnant Non stop period for 10 months straight. Weight gain I had implanon 8/9 yrs ago. Before i had the implant my periods were regular. When I got the implant i bled for the whole 10 months straight. I kept asking them to remove it. They recommended no and said the bleeding would stop. Finally after 10 months i insisted it be removed. Ever since my periods have been completely irregular. Im having troubles conceiving. I also have cysts. Before i had the implant i had a perfect normal period. F 25 10 months
 3  To avoid getting pregnant again Severe headaches brown spotting irregular periods uncontrolled crying absolute rage pain in legs and arms back ache mood swings severe depression itching Ok so I have been on Implanon for the past 2yrs and 9mths it was great until all of a sudden it started to react like crazy. At first I thought omg something is wrong with me though I would get depressed and what not before now it was beyond crazy and the mood swings and bleeding no no I want it out now. Good thing my father and uncle are doctors or I would've spent so much money doing tests to see if anything was wrong when it's this. I think they need to figure a way to see who's body can tolerate this drug and who can't. If not take it off the market!!! F 31 33 months
 3  To not get pregnant Bled constantly for 7month then they slowly fizzled out bad cramps weight gain 3stone tingling sensation in skin aches and pains all over no sex drive hair loss on head and towards the end I got hair growth on face lost weight at the end also no motivation and depression made worse and anxiety and inching in virginal area and discharge Worked as contraceptive and was good for stopping periods once they settled down and I stopped bleeding but didn't like the side effects at all F 32 3 years
 1  Birth control Panic attacks, loss of period, low sex drive, paraplegic migraine, breast fibrosis, mood swings. After removal I have experienced sore nipples, head ache, nausea. Hormones are still out of whack from it. 7 months after removal still not ovulating properly and cycles have not returned to normal. They have varied from 36 to 49 days. Would not recommend. F 22 2 years
 1  prevent pregnancy oily skin, oily hair, hair loss, anxiety increased, depression increased, quick changing mood swings (often dramatic in nature), chronic fatigue. If you have anything mildy wrong with your mental health, do not take this drug. I though I would be ok, but I was very wrong. F 20 3 months
1X D
 1  Birth control SEVERE DEPRESSION, nausea, vomiting, back pain, hallucinations, extreme anxiety and feeling of helplessness. The doctor knew about my history of depression, and it was never discussed that i could have a negative side effect. I felt like i wanted to die and nobody could help me or save me. This is with the device in for 2 weeks in my system. My whole body and mental health went down hill 2 days after it was in my arm. This does not agree with everyone, and to the people saying don't listen to horror stories. These are not horror stories these are real experiences, just because you had a postitive experience does not mean that we should have had one too. Everyone is different and our reaction to hormones and side effects are all different. I was instantly affected and nearly commited suicide because the depression and hallucinations were so severe. I would not recommend this product, it does more harm than good. You have the right to get it removed from your body, its your body, your decision. If you have any previous mental health or mood problems the implant will make it 100 times worse than it was before to the point you feel inhuman. Please consider this advice, do the research, read peoples real life stories. Your life is worth much more than a man made product that produces synthetic hormones into your bloodstream. F 26 2 weeks
 1  To keep from becoming pregnant I had it removed dec 2011 after having it in 2 yrs my doctor did not want to take it out for some reason well i asked to get it out two months after having it in i had one period which was wired it had blood clotts and it was like i had just had another baby well they said you have to leave it in at least a year so that went by i only had that one period with clotts went to the hospital they thought i was pregnant keptme in their for a while gaveme some medicine and i left so a whole year mobths no period mood changed temendously and i was another person no cares felt numbness in my fingers arm legs feet i called to get it removed they said my insurance wohldnt cover it so i stuck it outanother year wel six months priorto them taking it out I had continuous diarrhea the whole 6mths I called begging they said okay come in they took it out. 2 6mths and ones period later I was pregnant with my 3rd child I had little recovery time but I felt alto better mode wise but I had very bad burning pain in my shoulder along with numbness I didn't know why I thought growing pains but no the doctor said i have muscle nerve damage I looked up and it was said if they inserted it wrong it could cause permanat nerve damage which is the reason of the fire burning g in the back of neck and shoulder o lay on left side its crazy sure wish I could get paid for this it doesn't stop me all the way but it definityl slows me down and I now have four little one weaned in very athletic but my left side has F 26 2 years
 1  Prevent Pregnancy Sore Breasts, Headaches, Back pain, Bone and muscle aches This has put me through hell! I waited 3 months and depsite the GP saying it will likely get better, there was no change. 2 weeks its been out and still no relief with symptoms. I would advise to avoid this at all costs. F 26 3 months
1X D
 1  To not get pregnant I've experienced deep depression,anxiety,mood swings,loss of appetite,Very low sex drive,dizziness,weight gain and loss,hair loss,I HATE IT!! I WOULD NOT recommend anyone to get this thing..its awful.I want to get it out soon.I just want to feel like myself again. F 22 1 years
 1  birth control Horrible mood swings, agoraphobia, depression, and anxiety. Bleeding 3 weeks a month. Heart palpitations. Within 3 weeks of removing, my moods and periods stabilized. F 25 2 years
 2  to prevent pregnancy The first 1year was Smooth. I didnt see my period and was very excitéd. Thé second third year is not good at all. Continuous bleeding for 2 months in a row is terrible Considering another option F 31 3 years
5 years
 3  Birthcontrol and to regulate period Heavy long periods. Hormonal. Body aches. Head aches. Tender breasts. Depression. It is stopping me from conceiving but it's not great for my body always sore bleeding and tired. F 20 1 days
 1  Dont want another baby for a while Bleeding heavy and now medium, hot flashes, dizzy and light headed and weird stomach movements and nausea I can stand the bleeding cuz i bled 3 months straight on the depo but i cant stand the hot flashes i got them in my pregnancy with my daughter who is turning 1 next month and i got nexplenton put in on jan.18,2016 and the hot flashes wemt away and they came bck a couple months ago. Plus i have a vitamin d diffencentcy plus my vitamin b is almost low. Me and birth control dont mix and i keep forgetting the pill cuz thats the only one that does work. I also ovulated on depo cuz i was on it for 5 years. F 24 6 months
 5  Birthcontrol Acne, mood swings, long period at the start at first my experience was not too good. Bled for about 7 weeks and had mood swings/depression. And a little bit of acne that went away. Now I never get my period and I feel like I am happier for it, I will definitely be getting it again. It is not for everyone but works wonders for those it works well for. It's all about trying it for yourself to see how your body will react. F 21 2 years

IMPLANON  (ETONOGESTREL):  This product is a small, thin plastic rod that is inserted under the skin to prevent pregnancy. The rod slowly releases etonogestrel into the body over a 3-year period. Etonogestrel is similar to a natural hormone made in your body. It works mainly by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. This product does not contain any estrogen. This medication may not work as well in women who are very overweight or those taking certain drugs. (See also Drug Interactions section.) Discuss your birth control options with your doctor. Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)