I’m coming to the end of my second implant and considering whether I want another one or to switch. However, every method seems to have drawbacks and positives -there’s a horror story and a matching ‘I love it’ story for every method! I’m mid-30s, no kids and currently no plans to have any, long-term partner.
For me the implant is ok at first but for the last year of it I get very frequent bleeding and bloating alongside that - it’s really annoying. I think it may also affect my mood though it’s hard to tell (for the first few months of my first one I was on continuous oral steroids too) - but I do feel like I still get some bad mood swings now that I think may be the implant. I know it isn’t the same as what’s in the implant, but when I tried norethisterone tablets to delay my period on holiday years ago (way before the implant or steroid use) I was a mess mood wise, so I’m a bit wary about what the various hormonal options might do to my mood.
I’d ideally like something I can just forget about (hence the choice of an implant), and wondering if the copper coil would be better than the hormonal options as far as mood, bleeding and bloating are concerned? I know it can cause heavier bleeding but is that once a month at least? I am really sick of having a period so often even if it at least isn’t heavy currently, but I don’t want to turn my periods into a horror show.
Not sure about the pill options because I already take so many medications - I feel like it’s just one more thing I have to remember. I’m good at taking meds and not forgetting but if I do forget the pill the consequences might be much greater than needing a bit more ventolin! I also don’t want to worry about the timing being off or forgetting if I’m in hospital.
Trying to decide now as implant will run out in December, I’m getting fed up with the bleeding already and I’m worried about more lockdown in autumn/winter and not being able to access services - is it even possible to get implant/coil inserted or removed at the moment? (Also paranoid about implant not working towards the end).
Looking for user experiences but would also appreciate some expert input from @Dr_Paula