The birth control implant is a thin, flexible plastic implant about the size of a cardboard matchstick. It is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It protects against pregnancy for up to three years. The implant is available under the brand names Implanon and Nexplanon.
Maybe now you're wondering "How does Implanon work?". Planned Parenthood says:
How do they put it in? How is it removed?
The doctor had me lay down. He then started talking about how he wished that there was music playing. I offered to play the music from my iPhone and made sure that none of my screaming, inappropriate language, etc etc bothered him. And he said not at all, and that AC/DC was his favorite. I said I had Queen, and they were my favorite, and he was down for that. We listened to Queen for my whole appointment. It really helped me relax.
So I am laying there and he tells me to put my arm over my head, and flex, so that he could feel where my muscles in my bicep were and were not. Honestly, I didn't watch the entire time, I was really nervous. I was shaking on the inside. lol. I tried to just focus on the music, and the lyrics.
He numbed the area of my arm using a syringe, that's the only part that hurt. Just like when they stick the needle in to take blood, just a little pinch. And then my arm was numb. From what I could tell the Implanon was in a needle-like thing and they used that to insert it. It didn't hurt. All I could feel was pressure. It really felt like he was trying to work it in there. It was weird.
As soon as it started, it was over. It took less than 20 minutes or so to insert (not including the rest of the appointment time). The doc said that I should touch it... I did, it grossed me out, feeling this foreign object in my arm. He said that I need to feel where it was so I could keep track of it. If I couldn't feel it at some point, I needed to come into the clinic to get it removed.
They patched me up, just with some gauze, and a bandaid and sent me off. There was a wrap around my arm, and they said that I should try to leave it on for as long as I could, it would help the bruising.
I took this photo about one hour after the insertion, it was starting to bruise. It was still numb.
Okay, okay, I know it looks gross, but let me tell you. LOL. I couldn't keep the bandage on for that long. It was super annoying. Also, the yellow is iodine. The red hole is where the inserted the implanon. The center of the bruise is where the implanon implant starts, and about half an inch from the hole is where it ends. I would say that the implant is approximately two inches long.
New bandaid and the bruise is already starting to slightly look better.
This is the next day (Tuesday), after I woke up. Now the bruise is red. It's seeming to look a lot better. It was kind of hurting this day, so I just took some pain reliever. If you look closely at the bruised area, you can kind of see the raised area of where the implant is. It feels so weird.
Not too much change. But, it feels fine from what I can tell. I am supposed to keep it clean and bandaged for about three days. I will try to determine if I need to keep it bandaged for longer or not. It's kind of weird to see the little hole under the bandaid. Not sure how I feel about not keeping a bandaid on it.
Today (Thursday), almost 72 hours after the insertion. It feels fine. It's starting to itch though, I am assuming a part of the healing process. Just a little weird still. But I am sure before long, I will forget about it until March 2016 when I need to get it removed.
What kind of birth control do you use? Do you have any questions about this one that you think I could answer?