Hey Dr Paula. I was on the implant for 8 years (3 implants). It was great, stopped my periods and no complications - no side effects, nothing. When I flew to Thailand in November, my periods started again. They weren’t consistentcy and I was bleeding heavily. I had the implant out and since I’ve been having regular periods again, but these are 20 days in between - not a month? I’ve been tracking with my Fitbit. I need to go back onto contraception but do not want any complications or side effects like weight gain, bad skin, mood swings etc.
I’d preferably like a form of contraception that stops my periods again, but I don’t know if this is wise to do so. Some people have said it can effect pregnancy and although I don’t want kids now, I will want them in the future. I’ve turned a bit skeptical in general about contraception in general for these reasons hence why I am not currently on anything. Sex has been risky though because I don’t like using condoms… so I kind of need to do something about it.
I don’t want the coil (heard nightmares about them.
I don’t want to go on the pill (I’m forgetful and also my GP refused me years back because I’m a smoker).
I don’t see the point in trying the implant again because it didn’t agree with me towards the end.
I don’t want to go on the injection as I’ve heard about weight gain and my GP advised against because it’s a big dollop of hormone instead of gradually releasing it.
Not entirely sure about a patch being on my body tbh.
These are all of the reasons I’m choosing not to be on contraception at the moment - I just don’t think anything will suit me.
A few questions though:
- Is it wise to be on contraception (that stops periods) if I want kids in the future?
- Do you think it may have been a faulty implant? Or my body finally rejecting it after 8 years of use?
- What do you recommend I’d do?
Thanks so much Dr Paula!