Why I chose a contraceptive implant after giving birth

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Before I got pregnant with Lola, I was on a contraceptive pill for over 10 years. I never had any major issues, apart from forgetting a pack on holiday, missing one or two and having to switch from brand to brand depending on new research of blood clots etc.

A decade on the pill

To me, a contraceptive pill was part of being a woman, but I had no idea until we decided to have a baby that a decade of using it can have an impact on fertility. I always lived in fear of accidental pregnancy and now I faced a potential wait of a year or more for my hormones to reset (according to the internet anyway). Despite the initial worry, we managed to conceive within four months of trying and now I had around 10 months to enjoy 0 periods as my body grew a little human.

Post-birth protection

Once Lola came into this world, I once again faced the question of contraception. I didn’t feel like taking the pill anymore and neither did I want to get the coil – the procedure didn’t sound appealing. My husband wanted to share the responsibility (after all, why should the question of fertility always fall on women?) but we still didn’t know if we wanted to have more children and as far as long-term contraception’s go, the implant seemed like a good deal.

Why I chose it

It lasts for three years, the insertion process is super quick and easy (a flexible plastic rod is placed under the skin in your upper arm by a doctor or nurse) and it works instantly as I did it within 21 days of giving birth (if you miss the deadline you have to use condoms for a week). It is 99% effective but if you’re ready to try for a baby, you can have it removed early and your natural fertility will come back quickly.

It is virtually invisible as it’s on the inside part of my left arm but the first few days after insertion there was some bruising. There is a little more bruising when you replace it as you have to cut into the skin to nudge the old one out.

It’s also a great option for those who don’t want to use contraception that contains oestrogen as the implant steadily releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream. What I didn’t know that the common side effect is that your periods can stop completely. I get an odd bit of spotting which can be annoying as I can’t track it but apart from that, I really don’t miss having periods.

I had my old one replaced just before Christmas and since re-insertion, I had mild spotting for a couple of weeks which has since stopped and I haven’t felt any changes in my skin or mood.

Final say

For me right now, this is the best form of contraception. The main appeal for me is that I don’t have to think about it or periods.

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