Oh my word, I don’t even know why I bothered coz I was single vele!
NB: Not for sensitive readers heheh
Before last year April, the only birth control method I’d ever used was abstinence (let’s not talk about whether or not it was by choice) and protection but for reasons I will not bore you with, I started speaking to my Dr about other methods. So we talked about the pill, I was like nope, I’m gonna forget taking them everyday and we moved on to other common methods, the injection, the patch but they all just felt like a lot of admin so eventually she mentioned the Implant and my eyes went wide with curiousity!
Implanon sounded like a dream on paper!
It’s a match stick size little thing that the Dr inserts on your upper arm and you don’t feel pain, though there might be bruising for about a week. You insert it once and you’re protected against pregnancy for 3 years, I mean what could be more perfect? No dates to remember, total freedom right!? Haa! If only I knew.
To cut a long story short, let me list the horror I experienced with it:
- My arm would feel numb now and again
- I had regular headaches (of course at the time, I didn’t know what was the cause)
- I had zero desire for sex (not that I would have gotten it but it wasn’t even a thought hle). Okay maybe zero is an exaggeration but let’s say the interest decreased.
- I had it on for 4 months and I was bleeding for more than half that time. True Story. This makes me wonder why we hear that a person needs a blood transfusion coz they’ve lost a lot of blood but I was bleeding all that time and yet I didn’t need a transfusion? Our bodies are strange.. Well, the Dr did say I’m anaemic after running tests and I had to start taking iron deficiency treatment.
- I gained A WHOLE LOT of weight! It’s still here.
The bleeding was the worst for me because I thought what is the point of birth control if you can’t have sex while on it? LOL
I went to the Dr after about 2 months of it and she gave me something to stop the bleeding. It worked for a while but a month later it was back to the same bleeding. I am a tampon girl but ended up buying pads during that time coz I got tired of tampons everyday. At the end of the 4 months, it was the same story so I went back to the Dr and she finally admitted that most of the patients she had recommended it to were also returning to have it removed. She went as far as saying she wasn’t gonna tell her patients about it anymore coz it was presenting way too many problems. Granted, my horror with implanon was not as BAD as this lady’s story but I was so relieved once I took it off. Though I do still kinda miss feeling it in my arm.
So now that Dr and I had agreed that Implanon only looked good on paper, we started exploring other options but this turned into an interview I wasn’t ready to have. She started asking me about when I wanted to have another child as that would guide us in the discussions and that was a bit of a sore topic for me because how do I decide that on my own?
Anyway, we talked about the earlier options again and though she was leaning towards the pill or patch, I suggested the injection but she warned me against it and said it was hormone based like the implant and feared I’d go through the same drama again. I wasn’t about the other options. Worst of all the pill because there is no way I will ever remember to take it at the same time everyday. I am very forgetful, so I told her I’d think about it and get back to her and so our conversartion ended.
Then a week or so later I went to a different Dr. lol and asked for the injection tltlt. I don’t know what had gotten into me heheh. For some reason I thought my first Dr was trying to control me by not giving me what I wanted. I mean, so many other women use the that and don’t have issues, why would she think I’m special? Now I know other women do have issues, we just don’t talk about these things enough.
Huuu shem, I was never ready for what was to follow! The drama continued:
- More bleeding, now heavier and more frequent. The worst was continously for 3 weeks in one month.
- Continued weight gain
- Brittle nails
- More iron supplements
- Insomnia ( I don’t know if this was the cause but now that I think of it, this could be it )
- Eating like a pig
So with the continued drama, my monthly schedule was now about waiting for that time of the month to come and into the 2nd/3rd week I’d have to go to the Dr for them to give me something to stop the flow. I remember at one point I was wondering just how much I’d spent on sanitary pads & tampons coz it was just too much! My pharmacy’s cashier even chats to me like we are old friends now. I was a regular, either for pills or to stock up on supplies.. yhuuu I suffered Lawd!
So eventually the Dr prescribed the patch, I used it for a week, then suddenly I had a light bulb moment and remembered ukuba I’m single lol. So I asked myself what exactly is the reason I’m putting myself through this? I don’t know, so I’m now off these things. I’m done, and o mpone o mpolaye! I AM DONE!
Pity it’s after gaining all this weight and after popping all those pills!
May will be my first clean month, hopefully all that nonsense is off my body now.
A friend tagged me on this video and it gave me hope lol, I’M NOT ALONE in the struggle!!! If there’s anything to take out of this, stay away from Implanon, it is bad news!
I look forward to hearing what horrors you experienced through using birth control methods. Let’s share!