What is Implanon?
First of all, Implanon is one of the contraceptive method used for birth control. It's a 4mm long and 2mm in diameter rod (about match stick size) inserted under the skin of a woman's upper arm and contains etonorgestrel.
How does it work?
By releasing etonorgestrel serum little by little into our body to inhibit ovulation and modifying the viscosity of the endocervical mucus on our uterus. You can go here for more info on Implanon.
Anyway, I took my Implanon at a near by clinic for RM400 (varies at other clinic or LPPKN). No surgery needed. What they did was just insert this huge needle containing the rod into my arm. The process took about 10-15 minutes.
Here a before and after photo. I know it looks pretty scary at first. After few days, there will be some bruises on the arms. Do not fret! That's totally normal.
Once you're done, you will be give this card (photo of front and back) showing the insertion and removal date. In case you would like to get pregnant after 2 years, just go the a clinic and have it removed.
This it how Implanon looks like under your arm. It's totally invisible. I just pressed my arm so I could show you it's there. No scar whatsoever.
ok the big question. Why did I choose Implanon? Why not IUCD or pills? or that 3 months jab? Natural planning?
Well first of all, I just had , the idea of having a thing (IUCD) inserted down there is scary enough. So I passed. Pills? I admit I'm not disciplined enough to take medication on time. That includes that 3 months jab too. 3 years doing nothing is pretty much my idea of family planning.
However, like any other hormones related birth control, there are a few side effects that is varies for each individual. So far I had very minor pain at the back of main head like migraine. But it usually occur 1-2 times a month around the 1 year of insertion. I haven't had any headache after a year. And of course your menstrual cycle could go haywire from zero period to period at every month!
In my experience, the 2 weeks after insertion, I had a heavy period that last for almost 2 weeks! But after that, I didn't have any period for 1 year and 2 months. I just had my period 2 days ago and boy was I happy!
So far I never experienced weight gain or loss in weight. When I 1st had in, I was fully breastfeeding Sara. It has no effect on lactation. However I stopped breastfeeding when she reached 1 year old due to personal reason.
For those who are still looking for birth control method, maybe you could give Implanon a try. I have no problem with any other method (not that I have experienced any of it). All the best to you and thanks for reading.
*all the above are solely my personal experience and thoughts. This post is not sponsored by Implanon. Though I wished*