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Can the contraceptive implant implanon cause anxiety and depression?

Hi,
I have had the implanon now for 2 years and since then have experienced 6 month cycles of extreme depression and anxiety followed by periods where i return to my normal happy mood and behaviour.  For the last month I have been feeling hightened level of anxitey, which have caused social withdrawal, and fellings of sadness and depression. Most worringly, recently i have had thoughts of self harming.

I couldn't seem to put my finger on why I was feeling this way, and till tonight, hadn't considered the possibility that it could be the implanon. I have done some brief reseach and found that the implanon can cause depression, but I am concerned can it completely explain the reason for my extreme long-term changes in mood, or is there something more deep routed?
Thanks
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I had the Implanon for about 16 months during that time  I was feeling very anxious and even suffered with panic attacks social withdrawal, scary thoughts  etc
These are feelings that I have never experienced before in my life and I  felt that I was losing my mind.
I had the Implanon removed about four months ago and I feel so much better.
I hope that this helps you

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I'm a nutritionist.  Here's how you can find out for sure..HAVE THE IMPLANT REMOVED!  You have no idea how bad it is to screw with your hormones like that.  Bad for your body, and your mind.  And yes, this is likely the reason for your mood problems.  Learn how to do, Natural Family Planning (google this) until you figure out what you want to do to keep the babies away.  Good luck!
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Had the implanon fitted approx a month ago and have started to feel really low and depressed????
Haven't felt like this before, but is it possible to feel like this so soon after the implanton being fitted???

Help!!
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Yes from what I have read. There is another question asked in this site that has many posts. I think it may answer your questions. I just Googled  Implanon contraceptive implant and scrolled down and found this site. Keep looking in here. I hope you find it. It has answered some questions for me. I didn't even realize that some questions I had been asking myself could be related to this implant.

I hope you are doing better at this point.
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I have had the Implanon implant for nearly 3 months now. Up until recently I thought it was a dream come true as far as birth control was concerned. Unfortunately it seems to be messing with my hormones in ways I hadn't even imagined. The mood swings and depressive state I am in, along with my irregular periods and decreased stress threshold are really getting to me. Does anyone know-- can these issues be resolved WITHOUT removing the implant? Would it be safe to take an antidepressant? I know everyone reacts differently so the answer I already know, is perhaps Yes.... More information would be great. Good luck to all!

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Wow, I'm glad I googled this. I've had the Implanon in for the same amount of time as you, and the exact same thing has been happening to me. I had depression and sought counselling just after the first few months, for a duration of 6-8 months. Just recently, almost a year later, I've found that I'm tending back toward that same place. It seems worse this time, if the fact that I have been eating much less and unable to sleep. It's 7am at the moment, and I've not slept at all during the night. I thought it could have been a food allergy, as I have had some physiological effects, such as head and stomach aches, and irregularity with my bowels, but coupled with the Implanon and stress, I think it has kick-started the depression. Thank you for asking this question, as I am given hope by the fact that others have seemingly had the same problem.
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I had the implanon fitted 17 months ago and I cant tell you how relieved I am to find you all here. After no history of depression I have been hit like a truck with it. I have a happy family, run a good business and have great friends, yet I have cut myself off and feel like im either an automaton or wanting to shout and scream. I have never felt like this and I want the implanon out, but I am running into problems with the doctor who says it shouldnt cause these problems.I live a healthy, organic life and I just want it out. I am getting so desperate and feel like I have been tricked into the person I am now by my first doctor, who only said that this was the best contraceptive after I had a bad experience giving birth, so obviously I believed her straight away. Please keep talking about this so our voice is heard.
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In June of this year my OB/GYN inserted a birth control implant into my left arm.  The implant is called Implanon.  I was initially very excited about this form of BC because I have had negative experiences with BC pills affecting my emotional health and I had horrid pain when I tried Mirena (IUD).  I had the usual swelling and bruising of the insertion site.  I called my doctor and he said to take 800 mg of Ibuprofen etc.  the swelling did go down.  
I have experienced the following side effects that I did not even contribute to the Implanon until yesterday.  I have had a sinus infection for months, I have been experiencing bruising for no apparent reason, I have had to visit my eye doctor twice due to my contacts, I have a constant headache, I have hot flashes so bad that the temperature in my house was 59 degrees and I was still sweating, I have pain and tingling in my left arm, my left hand swells, my blood pressure went from normal to 159/121, I have developed acne (never had it before), I have brownish red vaginal discharge that smells like a dead animal, pain in my abdomen and lower back, panic attacks, fear, paranoia, fevers, suicidal thoughts, aggression (I hit my husband in the head with a frying pan), anger, anxiety, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, coughing, I have lost about 50 pounds in 6 months, and my sex drive has changed.  I have no appetite and it is hard to swallow sometimes. My hair has been falling out.
I thought I was going crazy… I really was concerned I was developing some mental disorder even though I am 25 years old and should be past the usual age of that occurring.  I cannot believe it has taken me so long to figure this out!  At least I’m not crazy!  But I strongly recommend not having this implant.
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WELL HERE I SIT I CANT BELIVE THIS. I HAVE HAD THIS IMPLANON FOR 13 MONTHS AND I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS, I HAVE BLEEDING FOR MONTHS AT A TIME. MY HORMONES IS NUTS. I WENT BACK TO DOCTOR TWICW CAUSE I HAVE HAD SEVERE ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS, CANT GO INTO PUBLIC, BEEN MISSING SO MUCH WORK THAT IF I MISS TO MUCH MORE I WILL; BE FIRES! I AM A MOTHER OF 5 BOYS, WITH NO HUSBAND AND NO CHILD SUPPORT. I HAVENT GOT OUT OF BED NOW IN 2 DAYS AND I JUST SIT AND CRY, I FEEL LIKE I AM LOOSING IT! I AM NOT GOOD AT TAKING MEDS, BUT THEY KEEP PUTTING ME ON DIFFERENT MEDS FOR MY ANXIETY, BUT I STOP TAKING CAUSE I THINK IT GETS WORSE. MY BLOOD PRESSURE WENT UP TO 159/104> MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS LOW USUALLY ABOUT 110/60. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO PASS OUT! I AM SO GLAD THIS SITE CAME UP, IM GETTING IT TAKING OUT! ITS GOT TO BE THAT, I ALWAYS HAD LITTLE ANXIETY BUT I ABOUT TO PUT MY SELF IN  INTO A MENTAL HOSPITAL. ITS HARD FOR ME TO GO TO DOCTOR WHEN I CANT MAKE IT TO WORK AND HAVE A CO PAY
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Wow, I'm so thankful to find this page! Just reading your stories has comforted me, knowing that I'm not the only one that feels this way. Was beginning to feel like I was going insane.

I had my implant put in Summer of 2007, and about 3 months after, I had my first panic attack. I was miserable for months, didnt feel right, cried all the time, and had an awful xmas.
I returned back to my normal self after a few months and didnt put 2+2 together with the implanon (d'oh!)....
Then a few months after, it happened again, panic attacks followed by weeks of depression...doctor tried to give me anti depressants but I didnt take them. This happened in a cycle of every few months being depressed then going back to normal...which brings me up to now, which is a depressed stage. Only now, over 2 years later have I realised that it may be the implanon!!! Im having it out this coming week, and I pray to god I feel normal again.
I have always been a happy, laid back 24 year old....but the panic attacks have taken over, and changed me,  I am very anxious, very tearful, I feel detatched and lonely. I worry about worrying, its ridiculous. I am exhausted of feeling like this, and I just want to feel back to normal again!
I'm so hopeful about having it out, I'm positive it must be the implanon!

Has anyone had it out and got rid of the anxiety??
If it is the implanon, then it should 110% be taken off the market...it's made me feel suicidal at times which is VERY unlike me.
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Well I have to say it's awesome find out like so many others that I'm not a freaking fruitcake. I got my implant done a little of 5 months ago, right after my first daughter was born. I didn't want to have anymore kids and wanted to make SURE it didn't happen on accident. So I decided to go for this one since i've heard IUDS hurt like hell. It was great the first 2 months and then I started to change, I stopped having my period all together after month 3. And I'm always worried i'm knocked up again. It only got worse. Then the shakes started, I started to itch and I wanted to cry for no reason at all. My sleep even when I do get it isn't rested feeling at all. I've Had thoughts about jumping of a damn bridge, I'm annoyed all the time for no reason. My head feels like I got into a fight with truck, my sex drive isn't there at all anymore. Most mornings I just wake up and lay in bed. I didnt think it was the impalon at first. And then after trying things like serquil and xanax They didn't effect me at all! Today I started doing research on this drug and have found its a common problem amongst women my age (21-24). I've read that the coated part of the implant can strip it self and when its just down to the metal or whatver its made out of, it cause the release of to many hormones at one time. I've never been a super happy person But i've always been happy with my life. Now I feel completly dead inside, and I can say This was the worst choice I've ever made! I'm going to call my doctor first thing and have this "devil strip" removed from my arm. I hope it doesn't hurt. And I hope I can get back to my normal self..

thank you all for posting
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I can't tell you how relieved I am to find out that it isn't just me dealing with this. I only had mine put in very recently, but it has already made me anxious, depressed, paranoid and like some others have said, I just want to yell or hurt myself constantly. I didn't read anything about that in my research before getting it. I have ruined an amazing friendship because I went crazy and yelled some really terrible things at my best friend; that's when it occurred to me that there might be some hormonal imbalance and what brought me here. I don't know if I'm going to get my friend back, but I'm glad to at least know that it wasn't entirely my fault - it was something beyond my control. I just wish I could get it out immediately... but I'm in another country for about 6 months. I hope I can deal until then. (And I'm crying again... stupid thing has made me cry so much lately. And I'm ridiculously sensitive now, too.) Oh - and I've not been able to sleep for ages. I had to take an Ambien a couple nights ago.
IMPLANON, I HATE YOU!
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I had that stupid thing in too, I got it removed because of extreme anxiety but I dont think it was the cause of my anxiety to be honest mainly as is a yr later and Im not 100% better yet, but it did mess my body up big time!! I hated it, have a finr scar on my arm to over it, grr!!!! My advise is to start some form of pill, at least if it doesnt agree with you , you can stop taking it!
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HEY guys,

I have had the implanon in for 2 half years, i have aways suffered with anxiety/ocd and because of this then depression!!

IF anything i have found the implanon to help my depression, bt not my anxiety ofcourse!! Doubt anything will..

The only thing that i find with this, is i bleed alot, never with any symptoms of when it will start, especially after intercourse, my pelvis still aches during intercourse, which makes it uncomfortable, my drive is not what it used to be! And ofcourse my weight is so slow to come down..

I have till august to decide weather to have it changed or try something else... Might just grap aload of condoms see how we get on!!

If only they would make something for the man to take a?
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im only 17, and had my implanon in 5 months ago...
since then i have not taken to it at all, the implanon hurting all the time, making me have bad mood swings, over stupid things..cry all the time..
and the worst thing is panic attacks!!!
i have never had a panic attack ever in my life until the implanon, so my advice is get it removed or never have it in the first place
STUPID IMPLANON!!!
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I totally agree I had the implant for three years then I had a new one fitted. The first one was fine, no bleeding and no depression. The second one has been terrible I almost feel suicidle. I have put weight on and have suffered with serious worry and anxiety. I now have acne on my back and feel very down. Now I have found this sight I am going to get it removed tommorrow!!!!!  Good luck ladies and I know how u feel!!!
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So so so relieved to have found this website.  I have suffered with the damn thing for 2 months.  Really was beginning to feel totally alone I literally feel like i'm losing my mind.  I'm usually a happy go lucky kind of a girl.  Just lately everything stresses me out and worries me to death.  I have always suffered with pmt but i've never been nasty just latey i'm evil to my family and can't stick work.  Its frightened me how quickly things can get out of control.  Not felt so low insecure or worthless ever!!!  I had implanon removed 5 days ago everyday i'm getting a bit better still can't stop crying though!!!! Hope I return to normal soon!!! Good luck everyone x
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I have had the implanon for a little over 2 years now, and just recently started wondering about if the way I have been has been because of my implanon. I have severe anxiety and depression, I can't get to sleep easily, and I can't wake up easily. I have no energy to play with my 2 year old son, and I have no desire to be intimate with my husband. I am also constantly picking fights with my husband almost to the point of wanting to leave him. I have wanted to get it removed for about a year, and finally am finacially able to do it even without health insurance. I am hoping for a dramatic (even if it is slow) change in my wellbeing. I am going for a hormone free birth control method such as a diaphram now.
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I'm the exact same, i have had the Implanon for over two years now and i have been feeling depressed, cant sleep properly, have panic attacks and just generally feel down most of the time and worrying over stupid unimportant things, i really hope its the Implanon that's causing this, i cant wait to have it removed!
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I have a 16 yr old granddaughter who got the implanon about  8 mo ago and she has had her period almost every day since she got it.  I know she's moody, but she's at that age where "moody" is normal.  I worry about what is happening to her body hormonally...she's losing wt and seems tired a lot.  I wish a Dr could come and post on here to give us all some advice about the implanon.  I'm beginning to think it's not safe, especially for these younger women.
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omg im sooo glad i found this website i thought i was goin off my head i ad the implant in 4 nearly 3yrs now and av sufferd frm panick attacks n feeling sicky everyday depresstion u name it  i thought it was just me i avoided goin out just incase i ad another panick attack it ruiend my life im so glad that im not the only 1 thats going through this and that i am normal finaly aving the implant out nxt wk thank god never eva again thinking ov aving the injection but guna look it 2 it propaly this time. good luck peepz xx
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I think that's probably a very good idea.  But please try to keep in touch and let people on here know how you do when you get it taken out.  Best of luck to you!  :)
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I'm so glad i found this site as it has answered some of the questions i've been asking myself for sometime. I got the implant in 8 months ago and my whole personality has changed from when i got it in. I'm suffering from really bad mood swings, depression and sucidal thoughts. I thought i was just feeling low after breaking up with my boyfriend and the stress of my university work but having found this site i'm sure that it has to do with the implant. Getting it out ASAP!!
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oh my god. to finally find this blog. wow. i had the implanon inserted about 3 years ago, and ever since, my life has changed so much. I am naturally an outgoing person, who loves life and never used to get anxious about the slightest of things. about 2 months after the implant went in, i had my first panic attack, i thought i was dying and had no idea what it was. this was followed by THREE YEARS of anxiety issues, on and off different medications, bad thoughts, feelings of hopelessness and depression. Girls if anyone out there is THINKING about having it taken out -DO IT NOW. as i write this i have made an appointment to have it removed...there is too much evidence for it to be a coincence. Implanon may not affect everyone negatively, but for those of us who it does/has effected, it is the worst decision i ever made. girls, get it removed and get back your lives. i will post again in a week so see if i feel any better.
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ive had the implant in for two and a half weeks, and though it isnt nearly as long as some of you had had it in for i think ive been getting the side effects already! ive never suffered with depression before, ive not got any major reason to become depressed. however the last few days ive been feeling so increadily down and distant, i feel like im not in the moment and that im compleatly disconnected. im starting to feel vey nervous, even though i have nothing to be nervous about and ive been having dreams about death, the first one being that i had been caught in a train crash, then the same re-occuring dream about jumping off a cliff then i wake up crying. at points in the day i just feel like bursting into tears and usually i harderly ever cry. i think i might leave it for a few more days and then consult my doctor :/
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Hey,

If your feeling like this after only a few weeks I would get it taken out. Its awful feeling like that. I've been having dream like the ones you are having. It has to be the implant that is making so many women feel this way. Give yourself a few days and see how you feel. If you dont feel any better get in touch with your doc and get it out.

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I am so glad I discovered this site also.  I have had a rather mixed experience with Implanon. I first started using it back in 2003 and had no period for almost three years and thought it was great - I managed to go backpacking for 12 months with no problems or hassles.  I then had another re-inserted in 2006 (after a few months break).  However I then had my third re-inserted in October 2009 and I have found that I have had more than regular periods every 1-2 weeks, have been experiencing severe achne (acne) and moodiness.  I don't know why my body seems to have suddenly had such a reaction, but I am now scheduling to have it removed by my GP.  

BTW my first two implanons were inserted in Australia and the third was inserted in the UK.  However I recently moved US and my GP was surprised that I was using Implanon - they no longer recommended in the US due to the number of women with bad side effects - I had no idea, but thought this information is pretty useful to know.
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hey guys i have had the implant in for almost 3 years now and i am kinda worried that i might be pregnant im just wondering if it can weaken itself?
i have had no problems with the implant at all well apart from a little bit of weight gain but i lost that ages ago
so does anyone no if the implant weakens itself? thanks
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Hey.  I am 15 and had the implant around 6 months ago.  Unlike the normal cycle where I would have a period for a couple of days and then no period for around 28 days I am now having periods for up to 3 months and around a week break in between.  My parents have also seen a great change in me.  I have lost roughly 2 stone within less than 2 months.  I'm 5 ft 3 and was a healthy weight of over 9 and a half stone and am now weighing under 7 and a half stone.  Unlike before when I would be constantly munching on some sort of food, I now have no appetite what so ever.  I am worried that this could lead to an eating disorder such as anorexia.  My parents say that I look really ill and seem to be fed up all the time.  They have even asked me if I am taking drugs.  My personallity has also changed.  I have driven all my friends away and have no social life.  I've got a long term boyfriend and am also driving him away.  I don't want to leave the house.  The thought of going anywhere makes me feel sick and I have hot flushes and sweaty palms.  I also feel like I am going to pass out.  My boyfriend is also getting worried because of the fact that I am always upset and just want to cry for no reason.  My main problem is the anxiety because it is affecting my social life hugely.  I do not feel nervous but as soon as I know I have to go somewhere I start to feel sick and find it difficult to breathe.  Do you think that the implant could be causing this?  I would be really grateful for your help, thankyou.
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hey im 23, this is my 2nd implant i had the last 1 in for year and felt fine. then had it removed for about a year then had a new 1 in.

im starting to feel the same way i did with the 1st one after a year. sick, moody, sluggish. i havn't had a period for a year now. but im worried that its makin me feel down. i want a good long term contraceptive. is the IUD sore?
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Yes, the implant does weaken itself, it lets out less and less hormone throughout the 3 years, if you think you may be pregnant I would definatley get it checked out as it may be a possibility.

After reading all the info on this site it seems that a lot of people have had a really bad time, I've had mine in for coming up a year and haven't felt suicidal, depressed or anxious.

I will admit that after I had it inserted for the first 2/3 months I was very hormonal but it seems to have settled down although lately I have been rather moody but I think it's more to do with work stress etc.

I WOULD recommend the implant to other people as long as you don't already have any outstanding issues/feeling depressed etc as if you don't you usually start to feel yourself after a while.

I hope all the negative comments dont put anyone off getting the implant because unless you try it you will never really know how it will affect you.
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i am so glad i found this i got the implant in october and to start with i was fine then about a month i just didnt feel myself i went to the college conciler to talk about things and thought is was me just feeling depressed this has been lasting for 6 months i feel tired cant get out of bed cant sleep eat lots then eat a little amout . At christmas my weight went down to 7 stone the smallest i have ever been . i have been having horrible panic attacks about death and i just feel inhuman its horrible. on the days i dont feel anxious i feel depressed and there is an extreme shift from holding on to life to not caring about life . It is upseting me and taking over my life. I am worried that if i go to my doctor he wont listen !!!!!!!!!!!!! does anyone no if this sounds like the side effects to the implanon

i an only 19 and yet i am so scared all the time or just feel like there is no point
please help
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i am 27 yrs old had my implant in 3yrs nearly its due to be changed in july this yr! 4past 2yrs my g.p has put me on deparessant pills god nos how may different ones but ive felt like  people want to kill me! or harm my family, had dreams about death? the world ending? sounds very silly i no but sinc ive loged on to this site it all makes senc? its due to the implanon! oh so i think ive had tests done on my heart because of fast heart rate! all come bk clear? so my g.p put it down to anxity and panic attacks? ive ws a smoker 4over 12yrs and packed all that up because i thought i was goin 2die? im goin to my local family planing clinc 2maz 2have this removed and see how my life improves? because for the past 3mths ive been feeling sick,dizzy,faint,fast heart rate, difficult in breathing if i go out? my life is not the same enymore!!! my g.p makes me feel like im stupid and dont no what im talking about so he will just up my dose of pills or give me new1s!!!!!!!! well no more i will go and get this thing out and will report bk in 1wks time n let every1 no how i am i just soooooooo hope i get my lovely bubbly self bk and can enjoy my life and kids
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I cant believe there is so many woman saying mostly same symptoms of this stupid implant iv had mine nealry 2 yrs and i have a happy life 2 kids getting married a nice house yet i feel down, get soooo moody, NO sex dive wat so ever, major panic attacks, iv never had any of this before i had this in iv always been a happy person and never let things bother me now i feel like i have no confidence and my patience is so low with my children i hate myself for it. I am getting the thing out today!! I cant wait to feel myself again! Iv been to docs about panic attacks and they gave me diazepam they calmed me down but it was still there, i think its where the implant releases certain hormones in our bodys and it must heighten at certain times making us feel worse! i fell pregnant twice on the pill cos i kept forgetting it but i tell u now id rather have a million kids than feel the way i have the last few months!!
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wow what can i say???!!!!!! i have had the implant in for nearly 3 yr and to be honest i have been wondering for a while if all my symptoms were related to this thing, but i haven't really got around to doing anything about it as it's due to be taken out in October this yr anyway, but now i'm seriously thinking of having it taken out NOW!! When i first had it put in i thought it was great my periods stopped straight away ( and who wouldn't be pleased about that) i mean straight away with in 2 days, but then within a couple of months i can't remember the time scale exactly i started to feel so down and depressed, I've never been ott happy and have had my down  moments but before i had this fitted i was doing really well with everything i had gotten rid of a very abusive partner and my 2 kids and me were doing great i was now with someone who is absolutely brilliant we've been together nearly 3yrs and he has put up with everything, since i I've had this thing put in, I've gone from being happy and fun likes having a laugh and he made me feel like a teenager in love again it was brill!!, to someone who was always crying about something didn't really wanna do anything, always felt like harming my self in some way and was so depressed it's unreal.
Also at the same time that all this started i had other side affects too. such as SEVERE headaches i mean ones that would knock me out with the pain, throwing up all the time gaining at least 3 stone in weight after i had worked so hard to drop 3/4 dress sizes and this did not help the depression side of things, i started loosing my hair from the top of my scalp it was truly horrendous!! after a yr i wanted to have it out but i was told to stick with it a bit longer so i did and like i said I've had it in nearly 3 yrs now, and yes the loosing my hair has stopped thank god but i still get really bad spots sometimes and the depression side oh and the anxiety i was diagnosed with is still there although as the time is getting closer for me having it taken out the depression has eased which very much leads me to think it's because of this thing in me, if it releases less hormone as the time goes on as i have read in so many of these comments then it's gotta be that cause i was nothing like this before!!
I am so desperate to get back to my normal self and we  really want to have another baby together but i don't want to be like this when we do because it's horrible, if anyone reading this can  relate then i'm glad because it means your not alone and there are a lot more of us like this don't loose hope just GET IT REMOVED and hopefully then we can all get back to normal!!
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Hi all,

I got the implanon fitted 10 months ago. at first I though it was ok, but my nurse said periods should even out, stick with it for 6 months as one in 5 womens periods will stop altogether. This sounded like heaven to me as I always had probs with mine, and the pill messed with my hormones (resulting in me not taking it for a week, then falling pregnant with my daughter). so I did stick with it. and after about 2 months they stopped! then 3 months later I got one, which was very light and hardly at all. then another 3 months later, another one which got worse, with some in between every few days. Then all of a sudden after 10 months I have had the worst 2 week period ever. My hormones seemed not to change at all at first but lloking back I now see how I have got to this point quite rapidly. I have 3-4 days every week of not wanting to be me, of feeling like my partner does not want me or love me( even though we are totally in love) I feel like I can't cope and I want to cry all the time. I try to talk to him but dont get much response from him, whcih makes me withdraw a bit more.
I struggle to find the energy to play with my 2 year old daughter who needs so much attention as she is so clever. I also just feel myself on edge, and able to snap at the smallest thing eg, if little one spills her drink. I have been having bouts of terrible dreams about bad things, that make me feel sad and totally confused and lost when I wake. last night I had a dream my little girl had been taken, and was running iinto every room looking for her, I then woke up in her room standing by her cot with hearrt palpitations, to see her there, asleep all cosy. My partner was not staying at my house and I was also scraed not to find him there. when I wake I dont feel like I have had any sleep (for the last 2 weeks) and feel very detached almost numb and lonely. and this has all been building up over 10 months, happening from 1-2 days a week and now I have had it since this period started 2 weeks ago. I want this out of my arm. It is not worth it for me, when I doon't need contraception of this level. The doctor seems to think there is no proof that it is the implanon causing all this, and  linked it to when I previously suffered depression (although was not treated for it as it was not 'clinical' depression). Immediatley he linked it with when I had my daughter ( had an emotionally terrible pregnancy, a terrible labour-emerg c section, then being treated very badly by my ex).  Although I was still having counselling for some months after the implanon was fitted, i can tell the difference now between emotional depression and hormonal depression. the two feel very different to someone who has experience both. And I was happy to stop couselling about 6  months ago. I have come to the conclussion it must be this,  there are so many of you who have felt the exact same way, tomorow I'm getting it removed.
Hope this helps someone as you have all helped me x
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This is mental, I had the implant in about five months ago and went totally manic, and was diagnosed as bipolar and sent to a young persons mental health unit!

they said I was fine but I couldn't sleep was self harming! buying up paracetamol and acting crazy (very unlike me) and going really wild, I went back to the doctors and they gave me mood stabilizers which knocked me out (I have two small children and this was really dangerous) so I am now going private to have CBT,

then my husband looked up the implant and said it could mess with your moods, I was desperate, so I went and had it removed that night, got to the walk in centre at half seven but had to see two doctors and a nurse before I convinced them I needed it out but they insisted on giving me the depo injection at the same time!!!!! Talk about torture,

Even the next day I slept heavily and was back down to earth three days later i am still recovering from the massive high and destructive behavior, I am so furious, we all really have to shout about this....
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My daughter who is 16 had the implanon inserted a year ago.  About 6 months after having it inserted, she started having severe anxiety attacks and clinical depression. Most recently, her episodes have included suicidal thoughts with attempts to take her life.  She is an emotional wreck and at an all time low.  No one, let alone a child, should have to experience this type of mental anguish.  She suffered with mild depression but nothing to this extreme, just dealing with your typical teenage problems.  She has resulted to cutting herself to relieve the pain, and have been in and out of mental facilities because she is unstable and we have yet to identify the root cause. When your daughter tells you, she does not know what is causing her to feel this way, as a mother I felt that I had to do something.  I know what and how she used to act and this has totally been out of character for her.  We have done everything to rule out other possible causes… She is drug and alcohol free.  Nonetheless, the only variable that I could think of was the insertion of Implanon.  After reading the many posts of others, I have decided to have the implant removed to see if it makes a difference in her mood.  In the process, I called and spoke with her GYN who advised that if you are suffering from mild depression the estrogen in the implanon could cause depression to worsen. Therefore, I urge anyone who is seeking the use of Implanon to do his or her research first.  
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So glad i'm not the only one i've had it in for nearly three years now. i got the acne on my back around my mouth... mental bleeding patterns... can be on for like nearly two week heavily... first year or so i was fine didn't have any problems... but now i just feel horrendous, and can only put it down to this peice of Sh*t!

I have just met a wonderful fantastic guy and he is really kind to me... but oh no it doesn't stop me from being paranoid insecure and accusing him of stupid stuff... then i feel like i'm becoming needy and then cold.. i bet he is wondering what the hell he is getting himself into, because i know i would...  i feel really ugly, numb, fat etc I tried to commit suicide a few months ago... (had a bit of a bad relationship - but then again i was accusing him as well, got constantly jealous etc) drove him away and then tried to kill myself... i am on anti depressants and i read somewhere that this can conflict with the implanon. I am now waking up on my fella or may even be exfella now's couch... after yet another row with my new man, i get up and want to storm off in tthe middle of the night with no money living 40 miles away (i know) :\ ... there is just something inside that snaps and i fly of the handle at the littlest things.. the only thing i can think of is this godamned implant, oh and it hurts at the site too and i really want to make love to my new fella but i just cannot orgasm and feel like i'm not good enough. :( I just want to know if anyone else has been through a similar thing to me, and it there has been removal of it, have you become better or are we naturally insane ....from a 25 year frustrated and tired aching female :( huff huff huff lol. x
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Im so glad i have found this site!
Since having the implanon fitted 9 months ago, i have had constant headaches and anxiety.
Its so bad i've convinced myself i am dying and i am only 18 years old.
I have had a headache for 3 months so far everyday.
My anxiety is everyday aswell.
I want my implant out but the doctors keep saying "see how it goes"

i was just wondering if the implanon can actually cause all this??

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I had absolutely no idea it could be the implanon until I read this! I am 19 and I had the implant inserted about 15 months ago. I think I'm going crazy! I was on anti-depressants and now I have to have a mental health assesment because they think I have an anxiety disorder or bi polar :s I feel so relieved reading all of your comments! I'm ruining relationships, I have tried to jump off a bridge, I have used a razor to cut myself and now i have scars on my face and all over my stomach. I have feelings that I want to die. Sometimes I'm fine but other times i'm a paranoid, moody, anxious WRECK. I look in the mirror and cry even though I know I'm not unfortunate looking, I just disgust myself. I have trouble concentrating and I'm tired nearly all of the time. My college work has really been affected. I am actually really angry by the fact it could be the implant. I thought I was going insane. Charlie18 PLEASE don't let it go any further, if you want to have it out demand your doctor to have it removed. You do not want to end up like me. I'm really happy I may have found a treatment to my irrational behaviour and manic mood swings. Remove the implant! I'm over-joyed. I hope it solves my problems. I want myself back. I was afaid I was going schitzo. I hope everyone is okay. I shall keep you posted on what my doctor says when I suggest that this may be causing my problems. Thanks everyone!
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Hey

I got the implanon put in a few months after having ma son 1 year ago, i am going to get it taken out tomorrow. I feel as if i am losing the will to live, i am stressed 24/7, i take panic attacks, my neck and jaw go stiff with stress and worry. Also have my periods for about 3 weeks from a month and my sexlife has seriously suffered.

i am 24 and usually very happy, do not get the implanon it nearly ruined my relationship i am lucky i have such an understanding boyfriend.
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Well, although i'm only 15, i had my implant put in almost 3 months ago, and already it is causing me hell! Have been a complete moody cow the whole time, shouting at my family all the time and never wanting to be around them. It has also caused me and my boyfriend of 7 months to argue pretty much on regular basis! I get upsett about anything and everything, never want him to leave my side, and just being on my own for one night leaves me a complete crying wreck. Up until now I had been blaming this on him being heartless! It has made me very agressive at times, and although this usually comes out in a playful sort of manner, it really is starting to become a bit much. It has made my skin greasy and given me spots all over my back. I have been bleeding for at least a month non-stop so far and it doesn't seem to be stopping. It has caused me severe migranes (migraines) for days at a time, loss of appetite, severe dizziness, low self-esteem and just a general sense of having no control of my life anymore! Despite my massive efforts to maintain good hygine, It has also given me a horrible smelling discharge, which is enough to make me feel ill, let alone my poor boyfriend! I am going to talk to a nurse at the family planning clinic tomorrow, but i'm worried they wont do anything to help! All i want it to be back to normal!
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Well, although i'm only 15, i had my implant put in almost 3 months ago, and already it is causing me hell! Have been a complete moody cow the whole time, shouting at my family all the time and never wanting to be around them. It has also caused me and my boyfriend of 7 months to argue pretty much on regular basis! I get upsett about anything and everything, never want him to leave my side, and just being on my own for one night leaves me a complete crying wreck. Up until now I had been blaming this on him being heartless! It has made me very agressive at times, and although this usually comes out in a playful sort of manner, it really is starting to become a bit much. It has made my skin greasy and given me spots all over my back. I have been bleeding for at least a month non-stop so far and it doesn't seem to be stopping. It has caused me severe migranes (migraines) for days at a time, loss of appetite, severe dizziness, low self-esteem and just a general sense of having no control of my life anymore! Despite my massive efforts to maintain good hygine, It has also given me a horrible smelling discharge, which is enough to make me feel ill, let alone my poor boyfriend! I am going to talk to a nurse at the family planning clinic tomorrow, but i'm worried they wont do anything to help! All i want it to be back to normal!
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can any one help ive had my inplant out for 2 weeks an within the to weeks ive had panic attacks,anxtcity attacks an fellin really low cryin ,i carnt eat its really scaring me never would i ave it again
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I have gotten the Implanon placed in my arm about three months ago. At first the only problem was sensitive nipples, but the second month it was gone. Then I started bleeding all the time, I was heading off to England to be with my boyfriend and asked the doctor to take it out and put me back on nuvaring so I could get my period back in order. She argued with me to just use the nuvaring along with it and my periods would go back to normal. I did and she was right. But in the second week of being with my boyfriend I started getting real moody, and mean, yelling at him for stupid things. Crying like crazy. I thought maybe it's just PMS or something, but it seemed I couldn't stop being that way. I even started beating myself up when angry, threatened to use a knife on myself. Recently I have also been getting suicidal, thinking of ways to die. I have been so mean to my boyfriend and we argue all the time. I freak out over the littlest things, today my boyfriend got so fed up with it he made the comment about if he met another girl who was prettier then I was and sweet he would think about leaving me, that drove me insane!! He knew that the implanon might be causing me to act out, I swore to him I dont' act like this, and I don't!! I might be a tad sensitive but never like this, I don't get this angry or crazy,, Never!! I want to get it taken out Now while I have 8 weeks left to be with him but I am not sure if I can get medical help here. I don't want to wait till I get home but I might have to. I just hope my doctor don't get stupid and refuse to take it out.. anyone wonder if they are getting a commission by having people use this? seems alot of doctors refuse to take it out when asked..
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Hello,
   I'm 25 with 3 kids, I got the implanon 2 years ago and never had an anxiety attack until I got it in my arm. I've been having horrible long periods, anxiety where I can't even leave the house without having an attack. I can't go in crowds, I feel faint, stomache starts hurting and I have symptoms like I'm having the flu, its HORRIBLE. Anywhere I go, I always think "is there going to be a bathroom there just incase anxiety strikes" and usually after that I am so bad I can't leave. Its like I have social phobia or something. I even have anxiety around family, or even thinking of someone's name... its taken over my life! I had a feeling my implanon had something to do with it, but haven't taken it out yet, but now I am. I'm calling monday to get this damn thing out, I want my life back PILL FREE!  DOes anyone know anything about the IUD, does that cause anxiety? :( I'm kinda glad to know I'm not the only one! suffering like this...
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hi every1. i'm 25 and i've had the implanon for about 6months , the first week was the only time it was ok when i didn't bleed at all but then i bled constantly for 10-12weeks, tries mini pill to help but didn't so i then asked 4 it out as i seemed to be gettin a bit moody on it maybe cause of the bleeding, but they said its normal to be irregular for the 1st 6months :S stuff that so they put me on normal pill which regulated periods but also lately i've been getting very upset over everything, and 4 days ago i had my 1st panic attack! ended up in hospital. Drs said there was nothin physically wrong with me so i then had to accept it was just me :( i'm usually such a happy positive person so this has frightened me and i have been crying everyday, i'm afraid of upsetting my family and my boyfriend is trying to help but i'm getting so clingy and needy cuz i'm afraid of everything all of a sudden and i don't want to scare him away, he's perfect. I think i'm going crazy sometimes to and i'm worried about goin bk to work, i'm going to the drs to get help with the severe anxiety and mayb depression get to the bottom of this. I am sure the implanon has something to do with this! i've heard so much bad stuff. I was alwaz a bit of a sensitive, emotional girl but its now affecting my life. I am talking to my dr today. I will defo report back cause if this is the reason for all this , something has to be done. I guess its just to unnatural and thats never a good thing. Wish me luck today x
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Hello,
    I thought it was me with the anxiety attacks, but I never had anxiety until I got the Implanon first attack was 2 days after I got it put in. My doctor kept putting me on all theses pills, after 2 years its getting worse by the day! I can't function without worring about going places, what if's go through my head like crazy! I called the people that put it in, and Aug 6th I'm finally after 2 years getting the Implanon taken out. I've never felt like this, so down and alone, and I am extra cranky about everything! It's like even when I'm happy, I'm not! Don't let your doctor put you on a bunch of medications you don't need! I'd say get the implanon out before you suffer like me! I got it 8/11/2008 and been suffereing anxiety ever since!  I went to the movies with my boyfriend, the theatre wasn't packed, but I missed the first 45 mins because I was stuck in the bathroom with the worst anxiety attack I almost felt like I had to call 911. Black outs, fainting, dizzy spells, flu like symptoms, heart races its really all scary, everytime I plan a night out, I end up telling my boyfriend to go without me because I don't want to ruin his night out because of my anxiety, its not like I can control it. So now, I am going to get my life back pill free and get this out of my arm! I still have to wait 3 weeks, but atleast the apt is booked!  Trust me, just get it out, its not worth suffering over...

http://www.spfiles.com/piimplanon.pd.pdf   go down to page 4 across from #14

also, further down... it shows you the reason's woman take out the implanon...

Besides irregular bleeding, the most frequent side effects that caused women to stop using IMPLANON in studies were
• Moodswings • Weightgain • Headache • Acne
• Depression
The most common side effects reported by women using IMPLANON in clinical trials were
• Irregularbleeding • Headache • Vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) • Weightgain • Acne • Breastpain • Viral infections such as colds, sore throats, sinus infections, or flu-
like symptoms • Stomachpain • Painfulperiods • Mood swings, nervousness, or depression • Back pain • Nausea • Dizziness
• Pain

WOW, I wish they would of told me this BEFORE they put it in!!!
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Hi . Thanx for your comment, i'm sorry your suffering to and lets hope the removal will get us back to our old selves. I went to the Drs yesterday and she was really quite unsurprised and seemed like she had heard all this before so i think this is very common. Anyway she agreed that the implant should come out straight away which was a relief cause i've heard some people say there drs have told them to stay on it and that the implant wasn't the problem, my dr was v.sympathetic thankfully. She took some more blood tests just to make sure it wasn't anything physical that the hospital wouldn't of checked for so they will come through Monday and then we will talk again and arrange to take it out! My life is pretty good and there is no reason for me not to be 100% happy which is why its all so frustrating, i have tried turning my worries around (which are stupid tiny worries that i blow up ) and thinking positive and i do start feeling better but i then leave the house and suddenly my heart sinks, it all seems to be out of my control and it probabally is if it is the implant. We will have a race and see who can get theres out 1st lol let me know how u get on xxx kels
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I called Family Planning, its like I had to BEG them to set up an apt, than when they did book me its 3 weeks away!! Aug 6th at 10am I get the implanon finally removed! I wish I would of did this. I was told to call back and tell them to take it out NOW, but anxiety has stopped me from calling back :( I have a WIC apt today to pick up checks, and I'm already having anxiety, and its only getting checks and leaving... OH how I hate anxiety!!! so now I have to take Lorazapram and hopefully get through the day! along with Celexa... oh how I can't wait to not be on pills anymore just to make it through the day!
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I'm so with u. Every morning i wake up in a panic and start crying, i swear its getting worse everyday and i feel like i'm letting everyone down, i'm due to go back to work today but i don't think i'll last 5 mins! i was so desperate for answers a minute ago i rang the implanon phone number on the back of my card and they said that depression, nervousness, anxiety etc were all common side effects so much for it saying rare on the information leaflet i think it said a 2.5%chance of anxiety/depression, that is not common. They just advised me to go back to the drs. I may go back today and demand it out i can't wait 3 weeks :( i will be in hospital if i waited any longer. I've already thought about calling the hospital today as i can't cope i'm really frightened. The scariest thought i'm having is what if the implant isn't causing this and i'm just cracking up? i jus need to know. I'm on the pill as well and i may just stop takin that on my own as that on top of the implant might be making it worse and they have the same side effects! if u need sum one to talk to let me know x
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I got Implanon Jan 2008. At first, bleeding was irregular, no period for 3 months, then started having them every 2 weeks after that. Not spotting, full blown 5-6 days of medium-heavy flow. That in itself was terrible. I thought I should deal with it since it meant I wouldnt become pregnant. Then came the anxiety, paranoia, mood swings, depression, aggression, blame, and guilting. My mom, best friend, and husband all agree that other than the anxiety, and a touch of winter blues (S.A.D.), I was never this person before Implanon. I have an appoinment to have it removed next week. Anyone had theres removed? How long does it take to feel normal again? Thanks
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I have had the implant since may 2009 and have found I have had anxiety, panic attacks, uncontrollable crying, anger, hair growth and really struggle to sleep. After finding this website I am going to get my implant removed!!

Kathy
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Hi everyone,
I am a 20 year old student and just over two months ago I got implanon fitted because I had to go on long term antibiotics and anted a contraception option that didn't get disrupted by antibiotics. My parents paid the $300 for me to get it fitted and I was over the moon with it. About a month into it however, I started feeling slightly not myself, I am usually such a happy, positive person and for some reason I wasn't getting excited about the things I usually get, and finding it hard to cope with lifes little obstacles. I started thinking that the problem was with my relationship, which is with the most loving, caring guy ever. I was pushing him away and about 2 months after I got the implant in I just completely lost it. Crying all the time for no reason, and I actually ended up breaking up with my boyfriend because I thought the relationship was the problem. I was even going to counselling to try and get my life back. My family and friends suggested I could be feeling this way because of the implant, but I didn't give it much thought, until I googled it and found all these forums with people with the exact same symptoms as me. I made an appointment at Family Planning to discuss having it taken out, and they were highly unsupportive and I couldn't get in for two weeks. I couldn't wait that long so thankfully my student health could book me in today to have it removed. I got it removed this morning and haven't really felt any different yet, but hopefully tomorrow I will notice a difference. I wouldn't recommend this option to anyone, its just not worth losing yourself in anxiety and depression, not to mention incredibly low sex drive. Has anyone had it taken out and noticed any change in these symptoms? And if you are considering getting the implant removed, please please do. If your doctor tells you to wait it out, you need to seriously consider your mental health, as I could not even imagine feeling the way I have felt these past two weeks for three years.  Hopefully as the hormones get out of my body I will start feeling myself again, and can repair my relationship. Fingers crossed!
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Hi everyone, i've never used this site before but found it when searching for anxiety symptoms. I'm 22 and had the implanon fitted about 18 months ago. I've recently started having anxiety and panic attacks - which are very scary as i've never had them before and I'm usually quite a confident and laid-back person. I've also experienced dizziness, headaches and mood swings. I've not had a period for the whole time the implanon has been in - i wasn't worried about this before but now I'm thinking it's probably not a good thing that it's doing this to my body! It's very comforting to read these posts and find out that others are going through the same thing. I'm definitely going to get mine taken out asap and tell my doctor that I think it's causing the problem. I hope everyone finds some comfort in this site and I wish everyone good luck x
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Hi guys,
I had my implant out on Wednesday, so 4 days ago. I've noticed some slight difference in how I'm feeling, not so much depressed anymore but still anxious for no reason. If you have had yours out, how long has it taken you to get back to feeling like your normal self?
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I am so disgusted that i find out all the symptoms now as I was not made aware at all by the doctor or by anyone and anywhere that I had checked they had not even mentioned anything anyone has said here. I have been through hell in the last 3 years, and it got even worse over the last year. I never thought it could have anything to do with the implant at all. But now that I have read everything you guys have said I am 99% certain that this is what so many things that have happened to me have boiled down to. I have reached the 3 year mark and have to get it taken out. However, because of what I have experienced, I am disturbed to be told that I have to wait another month before I can have it removed due to appointment availability.

I have experienced the majority of the symptoms that you are all describing apart from weight gain. I shut myself completely from everyone, I didn't go out at all unless it was for something urgent. If anything I stopped eating because I was so depressed, which also hit me like a ton of bricks...I also had several occasions where I bled for nearly 3 months straight which of course was not much fun at all. I have felt bad before, but nothing compares to how this implant has affected me. Because of the implant, my life has changed dramatically. I agree completely that it's effectiveness on for contraception is good, but there is no way I will ever have it again. For how I feel and have felt, it is really not worth it.

It may be good for some people, but for me, count me right out and I advise anyone considering to have the Implanon implant fitted to think very long and hard about their decision and find out as much as possible about not only this form of contraception but others too
All in all, my veiws on Implanon have changed completely. It is not natural to have a piece of plastic in your arm that contains a hormone....and also on the point where doctors say that you wont have a period... again my veiws have changed there. I once thought that the idea was wonderful...now I realise how unnatural that is too.

In a way I feel quite cheated because so many things could have been prevented if I had known the effects the implant can have.
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Hi everyone,
I have had my implant out for 12 days now due to the horrible effects it was having on my emotions, and although I am slowly improving, I am still feeling anxious, teary, depressed and irritable. I was talking to a friend about it, and she has had a similar situation with depo provera. Once the depo had worn off after 3 months, she still had these symptoms. She started taking this herbal supplement called Serotonin Manager, which levels out your moods and helps boost serotonin (your natural happy hormone) that gets depleted from the progesterone in the implant. I bought some of these tablets from my local health shop, and less than 20 minutes after I took one tablet, I am already feeling calm and slightly happier. I would HIGHLY recommend these pills to anyone on implanon and suffering from anxiety and depression, or who have had their rod out and are waiting for the hormones to wear off so they can go back to the person they used to be. This is the link to the New Zealand brand that makes them: http://www.********.***/products/70/175/ but I'm sure you can get something similar around the world. It is all natural, and has really made a difference for me :)
Good luck
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Hello everyone, I was on the depo injection for a long time since  iwas 15, and althogh i think i am naturally a worrier with anxiety i thought the hormones maybe interfeering with my natural mental state, i was going to get a non hormonal iud, but was told the pain would be great and it would be difficlt for them to fit due to the fact that i'd been on the depo for so long, thats when they suggested implanon, they said it works differently, its slow release etc. and for the first 6 months things seemed to improve, i got my labido back a bit, with a vengence at times, i felt less emotional and stronger and able to cope. Being stressed and anxious is pretty normal i think its just when you get to the point where you are ruled byit its awful. this happened to me about 2/3 weeks ago, the growing stress, raised heartbeats, hyperventilating, feeling overwhelmed with the slihghtest task, i didn't feel like myself and looking back i think i gradually got to this state. but now i have panic attacks randomly and in situations where i am feeling stressed, likw going to work. i am a PhD student and have a stressfull job but its coming up to 3 weeks since i've been in work and whne i speak to the boss, i am always promising i'm sure i'm getting over things, i'll be back to my oldself in no time, putting even more pressure on myself and stressing myself out. I'm worried i'll lose my job or at least any respect they may have for me.
So now i look up implanon and if anything it has even worse side effects in terms of anxiety and depression than the depo, why did they put me on it. i'm going to see the doctor and get it sorted today so at least i know if the anxiety i'm feeling is me, not just something messing with my hormones. they shouldn't put anyone who is complaining of stress anxiety and depression onthis, its just stupid, you guys have helped make up my mind so i can become proactive, thank you.
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I have had implanon in for 13 months and am having it removed tomorrow. I went to the Dr 2 days ago and told them we were planing to start a family so that it would be removed (They do not hesiaite when you tell them this). The last 3 weeks, I have had panic attacks, thought I was going MAD, irrational and obssesive thoughts and just a general feeling of depression, crying and being unwell, I have actually made myself physically sick.
When I first got the implant, I bled for 4 weeks and then week of bleeding and week off bleeding since then (not great for the sex life....) I am lucky to have the most understanding and patient boyfriend in the world and sometimes find that just talking to him about it helps!!
Since finding this site last night, I actually feel a bit better, atleast knowing that other women are experiencing the same things and that in fact, I am not going MAD!!
I am hoping with all of my migt that these feelings go away as soon as this evil thing is removed. As a cotraceptive, this is perfect, but the side effects and emotional well being is worth no amount of this considering condoms are so cheap!!
I am a senior IT Manager in a large organisation and my staff and manager are starting to comment on my moodiness. I have just recieved a promotion (prior to the attacks) and feel that the stress from this may be a slight contributor, but certainly exsaperated by the implant.
This state of mind is starting to affect all facets of my life and i decided to TAKE BACK CONTROL!!!
I will report back the impact of getting this removed!
I hope that this helps others as the previous comments have helped me extremely!!
(I actually have saved this page as a favourite and everytime I feel like I am goingto lose it, I open this page and re-read everyone's comments, it helps me feel calm!!)
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
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hi,
im 17 years old and i have had the implant for about 8 months now
i was fine at first i thought it was great, however for the last 6 MONTHS
i have feel depressed, i feel like crying pretty much all the time, im never over the moon about anything its horrrible after reading all of these im getting the implant removed because im lossing my family, friends and my relationship with my boyfriend who is amazing. i think that i should reserched and thought about having done more in the first place. after reading this i feel 100 times better already that i think it is it that is making my anxiety off the charts but i felt i should add my own comment to this page because this has really worked
thank you :)
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I am relieved to hear that there are so many other females out there going thru these effects of implanon. I have had for about a year now and I have never felt so crazy like I am loosing my mind ever and I cant even pin point why I feel this way I just always feel down and depressed and lost interest in things I once enjoyed I cant even go out with friends without haveng a panic attack and feeling always uneasy and not good enough! I have gone up a dress size since the implanon and my diet has not changed if not its got better. I cant explain how upsetting it is to see acne flaring up all the time all over my face also. I cant think of anything else that could be causing this but the implanon. I feel alone alot and my agressive and anxious behaviour is ruining my relationship. I have my good days but when they are good I still feel as though I am stagnant and on auto pilot just exisiting making it thru the day. I hate feeling this way -its not me at all and I find it hard to cope. I think that the implanon has really mucked around my hormones so badly and I am def going to look into getting it taken out. As for the periods don eve get me started I didnt know somen could bleed for sooo long a period of time its just awful and it gets in the way. I hope we can all get back to our old selves soon because this is not a nice way to live.!
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Hi, I am SO GLAD I found this site, thank you to everyone who has posted their comments, I truly thought I was turning into a fruit loop!

I'm 31 and had the implant for 9 months, at first it was fine but I first started to have a really odd sensation a month or so ago, like I wasn't really inside my body! like a dream, and just couldn't shake it, then over the past few weeks I just feel sad and depressed all the time, I have a very stressful job and I've been at the point a few times when I could just SCREAM at everyone and jack it all in...I can literally feel my blood boiling inside!!!! my poor husband has bore the brunt of most of the mood swings, I found myself just sitting in my pajama's yesterday staring into space like some kind of zombie, I'm feeling so unhappy with my life and for no reason at all, I have a good job a great husband and friends - I literally sat yesterday in tears most of the day wondering what the hell has happened to me then it clicked! so I did a little research today and here I am... not a fruit loop at all - I'm off to make an appointment to see if I can get this beast removed! Thank you ladies xx
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Hi All,
I thought that I would report back on my experience of getting the blasted implanon removed...... If you are considering getting it removed DO NOT HESITATE!!
I never knew that hormones could be so horrid until I went through what I went through, (as I posted earlier), and got the rod removed.

I had the implanon removed 14 days ago and already I feel almost back to my old self!!
I will not lie, it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster since then, but is all worth it!!! I still have some feelings of anxiety and depression, but they are no longer consuming me and I am able to laugh again, and I now have more control and more energy to deal with the attacks! I was also put on 2 weeks sick leave by my GP after the removal to allow my body return to normal and let the anxiety subside.

The removal procedure itself took around 45 minutes - it took some time for the GP to locate the rod and then fibourous tissue had grown around it, so there was some manipulating to get it out. No stitches, just a couple of steri-strips and a pressure bandage. It was a bit sore and tender for a few days and sore to touch for about 10 days, but all I have now is a tiny scar - which I would prefer to the emotion wreckage I was becomming.

My period returned the next day. I have also ended up with a cold  / chest infection due to low immunity. I was put on antibiotics for this, which sent me into depression, took myself off them and am now on herbal remedy and I feel great, well I am getting there!!

I am sorry to rant on, but I just wanted to share my experience, so that if  there are women out there suffering as I have and considering getting this removed, this may help them make their decision (as many comments that I read helped me!!)
I choose not to go on any further hormone BC as my partner and I plan to have kids in the not too distant future, and have decided that if it happens, it happens!!

Also - do your research - there are hundreds of forums on the net with thousands of women with the exact same symptoms that I had. (during one of my lowest points, I read over 400 posts in 1 sitting - BAD I KNOW - but they helped immensley!!)

I am not saying that implanon is bad and should be banned, just that it is bad for some people, for the people that it works for, thats great, for us that it doesnt, it *****, but things do get better with removal!!

Good luck to everyone out there, I hope that you all make the right decision for yourselves - as this was the right decision for me!
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I have been on the implanon for 11 months. I had been using the Depo. Shot for 3 yrs. Before this with out any problems. But since i about to lose my insurance i changed to the implanon. For the last 2 months i've been getting really bloated around that time of the month, but no period. I have gained about 10lbs and i just can't get them of. I work out 5 day for 1-1n 1/2 hours at the gym every week for the past month and i haven't lost a pound. My belly is getting big and round. I've taken 8 pregnancy test in the last 2 months and all have been negative. My worry about being pregnant is that since I haven't been feeling good, I've been taking lost of medications and antibiotic. I even stared taking some weight loose pills. I'm scared that I might of hurt the babie. I get every hungry, sleepy, moody, depress, and on top of that my blood pressure has drooped significantly. It's has been 90/50 and some times it goes to 79/46. I'm getting chest pain also. After doing some research I've come to the conclusion that the implanon is the cause of all this. I want it out now,but since I have no insurance they want to charge me $200 to remove it. Money that I don't have at this time. Don't know that to do!
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Hi everyone, I posted just under 2 months ago. This is my update. I had implanon removed because i was sure it was the cause of the derpression and anxiety that crept up on me, Drs didn't agree :S had it out anyway! the 1st week or 2 after removal was horrible! probs withdrawal . But then things slowly started to improve. 1 and a half months later and i'm feeling so much better. Almost back to normal . I'm so relieved!!
Theres not enough people reporting back after there removal so i had to comment as it was so reassuring to me to hear others improved after removal, it gave me some hope. So i hope this reassures others because alot of people doubted it was implanon and made me think i was just losing the plot. Well i was right, drs were wrong, they don't know evereything.
The only other thing i've been doing differently is making sure i get planty of vitamin b! this may have helped me to, i take supplements everyday so might be worth a try.

So brief summary.
Implanon caused me Anxiety/depression/ocd/bad sleep/time off work/cancellation of my holiday :( panic attacks/fear of everything and life.

Cure: removal! it was simple for me. Luckily i didn't lose any relationships over all this.

Hope this helps!! kels xx
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I just turned 21 and I've had the implanon for around 2 and a half years now. At first everything seemed perfect. I had no problems at all but then I started to get really aggressive. I started to fight with my boyfriend all the time and Id throw things at him and hit him during arguements and he started to question my sanity. I was moody and cranky all the time about the smallest things like if my boyfriend wanted a a toasted sandwich - Id be furious that he was hungry and wanted to eat my food so I wouldnt speak to him for ages. My sex drive is gone. There is nothing there at all. I picked a fight with my best friend one day and started yelling abuse at her and tried to hit her in the head for no reason at all. I became depressed. Id wake up some mornings and just cry because i didnt know why I was sad.. then Id cry more because I was crying about nothing. Its becoming worse and worse and Its just dawned on me that the implanon could have a lot to do with it. I never used to be a sad, negative person and I really hate who Im becoming. Im getting acne now too - I never used to get acne when I was younger. Im always tired and run down. I feel worthless and insecure. I broke up with my boyfriend a little while ago because I thought he was making me unhappy and its killing me now that maybe it had nothing to do with him.
I woke up this morning and went to leave for college but broke down in the garage and couldnt stop crying.. dad had too pick me up off the floor and bring me back inside. Ive made an appointment for Wednesday (its now Monay) to get the implanon removed. Fingers crossed this will bring me back to being me again.

I hope you're all doing better. I know exactly how you feel.

ADVICE: get rid of the implanon if you have any doubts. Its not worth it. I may have lost a boyfriend of almost three years because of this thing.

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I have just had my second Implanon implant removed after 1 year.  My first implant was a dream, hence I decided to have another inserted.  It has taken me one year to realise that my panic attacks, depression, constant crying, lack of self worth, social phobia and insistence that my boyfriend was with me out of sympathy, were all due to the hormones in Implanon.  

It took the nurse 50 minutes to locate the implant in my arm, but seriously, the relief when it was out was almost instant (aside from feeling ridiculously faint, as i'm terribly squeamish).

I feel more positive already, and within 24 hours no longer feel as though I am living in a 'bubble' as I have felt for the last 9 months.  

I'd advise you, if you're feeling any of the effects I have been dealing with, to have it removed asap.  I'm going for the IUD now, no hormones, and hopefully a healthy and happy me!

Take care xx
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OMG ... How pleased am I that i found this site!! I'm maybe not going crazy and losing my mind OMG OMG OMG yay yay yay ... Had my implant out yesterday - why oh why hasn't someone somewhere realised that this implany does so much harm to your mental health? .. Does anyone know how long it takes to start feeling like you're normal again?
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Hi there,
I posted nearly 3 months ago now, I had horrible side effects from the Implanon because it got damaged about 2 months after I had it inserted. I fell down some stairs and whacked my arm, and had a big bruise right under the implant. The very next day, I was an emotional wreck. I am usually I happy and strong person who loves life, and I turned into a teary, anxious, depressed, suicidal mess overnight. I didn't think this had to do with the implant until I found this site, and had it removed the next day. It really took me about a month to start feeling okay again, and 3 months down the track I can say that I am back to normal. When my implant was removed it had a bend in it, caused by the fall so it malfunctioned and gave me a huge dose of progesterone. If you are reading this and thinking about getting implanon or know someone who is thinking about it, please warn them off. I have read thousands of posts on many different sites of women who have had this in, and have attempted suicide, ruined relationships and changed completely, all because of a little piece of plastic with synthetic hormones. When I was thinking about going on Implanon, I did some research and read some posts on forums about it. I was far more worried about the side effect of irregular bleeding than all of the emotional symptoms people were posting about, and told myself I wouldn't have a risk of becoming like that because I am such a positive and mentally strong person. I thought it could never happen to me, and it did. For 2 months, it changed my life completely. Many on the women on these forums had put up with symptoms for years. I got through the horrible time of waiting for the hormones to leave my body (they say it takes 3 days, really it can be much much longer) by surrounding myself with my family and friends who love me, and also communicating with someone in exactly the same boat as me who contacted me through this forum.

If you are going through side effects with the implanon, please get it removed, its not worth it. If you are waiting to get back to normal, please give it time, it may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel but there is, you just have to wait for your body to regulate itself and start using its own natural, side effect free hormones.

Best of luck
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This seems like a good place to share another experience.  I hope other people can benefit from ours.

My partner had implanon for more than 2 years and during this time had severe mood swings.  More recently the symptoms got worse and she was very depressed.  Finally she got it removed 2 months ago.  We were concerned about withdrawal symptoms but the change was almost instant.

She still gets depressed and anxious, it wasn't a miracle cure, but nearly... life is almost unrecognisably better.

So my advice is definitely to at least try removing it if you are experiencing depression.  It's not going to work for everyone but it is worth trying everything.

I am a little shocked that no health care professional ever suggested this and we saw lots of people about it.  Everyone is so concerned to prevent unwanted pregnancies that they seem to lose sight of this side effect yet depression is a really awful illness to suffer from.
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I am in tears... after leaving my husband I was getting my life back together, I was so happy to be away from him once and for all and felt so great starting my life over with my son and was very login, nurturing and mature when it came to the separation and how to handle things with my son and him... about 3 months ago I had the Implanon inserted and I have to say I LOVE IT, I had the IUD before but I discovered it was painful after my separation and Implanon is my dream come true... but I had not noticed the changes in my behavior and depressive state... and for some reason I felt horrible about everything in my life, depressed about everything I had been so proud of and this didn't make sense to me... until I came to the point of wanting my ex-husband to feel just as horrible as me and lying about how I still wanted to be with him and etc... and that night I was doing this I hit rock bottom and tried to harm myself... I dont recognize myself anymore... I was full of so much doubt, wondering how I got there if I was perfectly fine before... then my good friend mentioned that she had noticed my change after the implant, I thought she was crazy... but then I put all the dots together and It everything made perfect sense! Now I understand why this is all happening and am aware of it, now I know I need to remove the implant to go back to normal... but honestly I really dont want to, its crazy... any advice?
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I have always had periods that were about 7 days a month and very painful. I went on the depo for a year and wouldn't have a period for 2 months then have it for a whole month. But no pain. Now i have implanon and have had it for about 6 months. I didn't have my period but alot of spotting at first. Now i have been on my period for 2 months! And the cramps are now back. I was put on med. to stop my period. The med. was done 2 days ago and i'm still on my period. Is this normal? My doctor seems to think bleeding this long is okay. And i have to disagree wtih him...I feel the implanon was a really bad idea. I feel so sleepy, dizzy, and shaking ....I am also very anxious about everything and emotional... But how long is to long to bleed? 2 months without stopping seems a little much to me!!
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I'm 17 and have had the implanon in for about 5 months now. Since i've had it i literally have not stopped bleeding. It's honestly a 24/7 period. My mother has to take iron suppliments so it doesn't help that i probably have the same thing that i've got to do. The tampons or pads I used end up smelling like gross vomitt and dead animal. It's seriosly disgusting. I'm dizzy, nauseous, hight bodily temperature, as well asn cramping, bloating and random sex drives appear out of no where. My living situation has gone to hell, my grades and turning into F's and I can't focus for the life of me. I've been in a mental ward before but I got cleared and i've been fine since I was released [only in for 2 weeks for something minor] This happened like 3 years ago. I've never been one to harm people but i've thought about it so much more now. My emotions are so up and down that i feel like i've lost myself and am doomed to feel depressed, suicidal, and miserable. It's gotten to the point of me screaming at my boyfriend over NOTHING at random. I've become distant from just about everyone and it seems as though my life has turned to **** since i got this damn thing in. Ugh, I hope this can be taken out soon.
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Does anyone know if the pill can help counteract the feelings of depression and anxiety implanon brings on? I got mine about 2 months ago and have since been very anxious. I've always been quite a worrier but I got together with my boyfriend in June and got the implant at the end of November, up until then everything was great and he still is great; I get so angry at him though over nothing and then afterwards realise how out of order and irrational I was. And then I can't explain it or why I felt like it. He knows that it might be the implanon infecting my moods but I feel so horrible, and I swear I won't get angry again but then a couple of days later I do and part of me thinks STOP THIS IT ISN'T YOU! but I just can't. I went to the clinic last week and asked for some advice but they only really seemed interested in the bleeding I've been experiencing (most days for the previous month) and they've told me to go on the pill for a few months with the implant, so I thought I'd try it. It seemed to help for a few days (placebo?) and I didn't feel so down and angry any more and certainly it stopped the bleeding but then yesterday I started feeling rubbish again for no reason, I'd had a great weekend and then once again today I feel so angry at my boyfriend and part of me knows he hasn't done anything to deserve it but my bloods boiling over nothing really! Has anyone else been on the pill as well and how, if at all, did it help?
I want this thing out of my arm I feel like I'm going crazy.
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Hi. Sorry to tell you that i was put on the pill as well as implanon to regulate the bleeding :/ great at 1st but 2 months in i hit rock bottom . It definately made things worse for me.
Just keep a very close eye on your moods, u might be okay with it but i got worse and worse until i stopped taking the pills and got implanon removed.
4 months free now and still smlling :)
Good luck x
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Hi,

I'm a 32yr old Brit living in France.
I thought I was going mad until a few days ago!
I had the Implanon inserted 2 ans a half months ago because I was in a stable relationship with a wonderful guy and taking the pill wasn't recommended because I'm quite a heavy smoker.

My moods started changing about 5 to 6 weeks ago.
One of the side-effects is putting on a lot of weight, and I was so concerned about that, that I completely passed on the fact that I was getting more and more depressed for no reason.

I have a great life, everything to be happy, have always been a smiling, happy, cheerful person.
I recent weeks, I have totally changed, I don't recognised myself anymore!
Massive panic/ anxiety attacks, bleeding all the time, terrible headaches, stomach-aches, constant arguing for no reason at all, very dark suicidal thoughts..
Basically, all the symptoms you girls have described above!
I used to love my life.. now, I've become withdrawn, panic at the idea of leaving the house.. cry non stop....
Even my boyfriend couldn't understand such a sudden change of behaviour!

The most silly things of everyday life that I could usually deal with without batting an eyelid have become terrible burdens and I feel awful..
I've also got acne all over my face now, feel fat and bloated...
Sex drive has totally disappeared although we are madly in love and couldn't get enough of each other before....

I'm having the implant removed on Thursday, to be honest, I can't wait!
This bloody thing has ruined my life, damaged my relationship, caused no end of grief around me!

No more hormones for me, EVER! we're going back to the good old fashioned condom.

For the girls who have also had it removed, please let us know how you are getting on, how long it is taking you to get back to your normal selves.

I'll quite happily share my post-implanon experience over the next few days/ weeks if you want.

I just want to become "me" again.....
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I have been free of my implanon now since the start of last year and I have to say that over the last couple of months I have finally started to feel like my old self. That is to say, happy, relaxed, fun and care free.

Implanon started off like a dream, I had been with my partner for 7 years and had tried every other form of contraception. - So Implanon seemed like the perfect solution. In reality though I became overweight, covered in acne, withdrawn, panicky, severely anxious, depressed and even suicidal at one point.

My partner, family and friends didn't recognise me and were incredibly worried. Thankfully my wonderful mother put two and two together and realised what had brought on the change - Implanon.

I had that evil contraption in my arm for two years and I am not being over dramatic when I say that it ruined those years for me and those close to me.

My advice to all women who thought Implanon was their last option would be to get it removed asap and talk to your GP about a non-hormonal coil (IUD).

Another point to mention is that it will take a few months for your hormones to return to normal, but have no fear - you *will* get better!
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hi,
I had implanon fitted for about 7 months,it was a nightmare for me.I put on 2 stones(without eating more then before),but the worst thing for me was depression,mood swings,I've heard the voices in my head,I had kind of conversations with myself..nightmare!!I decided to remove it when I start hitting my lovely boyfriend and one day tried to strangle him.That time he told me that he just can't take it anymore and he beg me to seek some help.Since I've removed it everything stopped!It was the worst time of my life..
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Thank god for this site... i had the implanon fitted 3 months after my daughter was born....within weeks i was diagnosed with post natal depression and referred to a mental health team. ive always been happy and bubbly and never suffered with depression before this. my moods at the moment are very low, ive considered suicide on many occasions (very unlike me) and even hid it from everyone, i am always stroppy and moody and find it difficult to find any motivation to do anything, im tired all the time even if i have a good nights sleep. i have let my life pass me by for the past 18 months.
I researched the implanon when i was meeting with a counsellor and she told me it could be this and that i infact dont suffer with PND and to see my dr who then told me that it was post natal depression def nothing to do with implanon, now i am convinced of it and will be going there monday to have it removed

Thank you all for taking your time out to comment, it is sooooo great to know im not the only one :)
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This website has helped me soooo much!!!!! I had the implant fitted just after my son was born back in March 2009 so I've had it fitted for around 21 months. Starting from around June 2009, I started feeling so down, I went days on end without talking to anyone but my son and I even started cutting myself to try and make the pain go away. I knew straight away it wasn't postnatel depression as I'd never felt so happy being a mum but when it came down to it, I hated myself. I couldn't tell anyone, i felt like people would call me a bad mum or not understand me, but my son was the only part of my life that made me smile. I finally confronted my fiance about it as I felt like I couldn't go on anymore which was about 10 months ago, I'd attempted suicide several times and just didn't want to live my life anymore. I finally went to the doctors with my fiances support (I just wish I told him when it started) and for the last 9 months, I've been on really strong antidepressantswhich keep getting stronger, which help on a certain level but not entirely. The doc has been trying to slowly take me off them for the last 3 months but the moment I cut down or come off, it all gets really bad again. It's like I can only surive on the antidepressants to cure my mood but I'm certainly not addicted. I've been questioning the implant from day one as I haven't felt the same person since I had it, I used to be the 'happy go lucky' sort of person, someone everyone used to come to if they needed cheering up but now, it's like I avoid everyone. I questioned the implant to my doctor and he said there's no chance this could cause it and laughed! But I have to disagree... I'm having the implant out on Friday 21st of January so fingers crossed I can get my old life back and enjoy every second of it :)
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This website has helped me soooo much!!!!! I had the implant fitted just after my son was born back in March 2009 so I've had it fitted for around 21 months. Starting from around June 2009, I started feeling so down, I went days on end without talking to anyone but my son and I even started cutting myself to try and make the pain go away. I knew straight away it wasn't postnatel depression as I'd never felt so happy being a mum but when it came down to it, I hated myself. I couldn't tell anyone, i felt like people would call me a bad mum or not understand me, but my son was the only part of my life that made me smile. I finally confronted my fiance about it as I felt like I couldn't go on anymore which was about 10 months ago, I'd attempted suicide several times and just didn't want to live my life anymore. I finally went to the doctors with my fiances support (I just wish I told him when it started) and for the last 9 months, I've been on really strong antidepressantswhich keep getting stronger, which help on a certain level but not entirely. The doc has been trying to slowly take me off them for the last 3 months but the moment I cut down or come off, it all gets really bad again. It's like I can only surive on the antidepressants to cure my mood but I'm certainly not addicted. I've been questioning the implant from day one as I haven't felt the same person since I had it, I used to be the 'happy go lucky' sort of person, someone everyone used to come to if they needed cheering up but now, it's like I avoid everyone. I questioned the implant to my doctor and he said there's no chance this could cause it and laughed! But I have to disagree... I'm having the implant out on Friday 21st of January so fingers crossed I can get my old life back and enjoy every second of it :)
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Waw i thought i was going mad! I got the jag contraceptive n it just made me feel not well n yuck n i put on weight n then the mood swings started i had no period through the months so i decided when it was time to get it again i refused it,i left my self until i had a period agaim witch was 7 months n then got this implant i have bad tempers to the stage im scared i hurt someone im up im down severe anxiety i keep thinking im having a heart attack because of it,i cant have a social drink cause it makes it a bit worse its taking over my life ive just turned 24 im married with two kids i couldn't be happier but only if this burden leaves me! I'm fed up of being paranoid trips to the doctors twice a week scared bad thoughts about bad things happening,worry arguing its not a life n its made me distant from people and even made me say things i didn't mean,i'm glad im not alone im getting this out plus it keeps giving me pain in my arm n ive had it for at least 8 month now,Thanx guys if i can sleep tonight i will be sleeping better,Good Luck to you all,Claire x
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HIYA THIS IS MY SECOND INPLANT IV HAD IN MY FIRST ONE I HAD WAS GREAT NO PROB WITH I GOT IT OUT TO HAVE A BABY.AFTER HAVEING MY TWO GIRLS I GOT IT PUT BK IN AND IT THE WORST THING I HAVE EVAR DONE.I HAVE ALWAYS HAD ANIXETY BUT THIS HAS MADE IT WORSE GOING FROM MILD ANIXETY TO SEVEAR ANIXETY WITH AGORAPHOBIA. BAD MOODS ALL THE TIME FEELING REALLY DOWN I DID NOT THINK THAT THE INPLANT WAS THE RESON I WAS LIKE THIS I THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE WE HAD JUST MOVED HOUSE AND I DID NOT LIKE WHERE WE WERE SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE PROBLEM FOR THE WAY I WAS FEELING SO WE MOVED HOUSE AGAIN I HAD ABOUT TWO MOUNTH WHERE I FELT GREAT THAN IT STARTED TO ALL COME BACK AGAIN THE ANIXETY THE MOODS PANIC EVRYTHING.I HAVE NEVER FELT THIS BAD WITH ANIXETY BEFOR UNTIL I GOT THE INPLANT IN MY ARM.I WAS THING ABOUT THE OUTHER WEEK WHEN IT ALL STARTED TO MAKE SENCE THAT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN I GOT THIS IN MY ARM.I SAID IT TO MY PATNER AND HE DID AGREE THEN I FOUND THIS PAGE AND JUST READING WHAT EVERYBODY ELCE HAS SAID  SO NOW I AN GETTING IT OUT ON THE 27TH OF JAN.AND I CANT WAIT HOPE EVERYTHING CHANGES AFTER I GET IT OUT AND I START TO FEEL LIKE ME AGAING.SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING LOL.!!!!! IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HERE FROM OUTHER PEOPLE IN THIS SITUATION.THANKS
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had the implant out 4 days ago had no problems with it for three years. now though i have started to feel really anxious and last night had a first panic attack....i have never had one before . Is this from like an implant withdrawral or something has anyone suffered anything similar after having it removed????
thanks stacey
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i had the implant for 5 years its been out now for 3 months, by reading all these comments makes  me alot happier to know im not going crazy.

why is the Contraceptive Implant not been banned, its ruined 5 years of my life
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also what happens now because 3 months ago i had it taken out and im not seeing that much change?
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I am 17 years old and already have 1 kid, shortly about a few weeks after I gave birth i thought the ipmlanon was the best choice of bc because i was on the pill before i got pregnant and that obvisily didnt work. When i got the imlanon i was still bleeding from giving birth and then i started my regular period. i was on my period for like half of the summer and then it just quit. i felt fine after all that was done and over with and thought it was coll i didnt have a period every monh. Well about 7 months later i started again and have ben on it for almost a month and ever since then i have been feeling down and crying for no reason. at first i thought i was pregnant but it was just the side effects of the implanon, i have been having really bad cramps and so i called my doctor and he said i should come in the office becuase hte crampng shouldnt be normal. i want to get it taken out but i know my mom wont let me. im scared for in the future that it might hurt when i do get it taken out. Does it hirt as bad as it does going in ?    Thanks for reading this
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I'm a 16 year old girl and I had my implant inserted at the beginning of nov 10 so about 3 months, 2 months after it was inserted I started getting headaches, I thought it was nothing.. Then suddenly, bam! I had a massive panic attack and I continued like that for weeks with anxiety and for the past month its been hell. It feels I aint in reality - that I'm in a dream, I'm sick in the mornings and on the nighttimes I'm always crying, I snap at my boyfriend who I love over nothing and I'm really ruining my relationships. Also I'm always tired and my sex drive have disappeared. Went to the doctors and they assured me it wasn't to do with the implant, and that its a coincidence. As if! I've got a perfect life and nothing to be sad or anxious about! I demanded it out but she refused and had to give me 2 weeks to think about it! But when that appointment comes, I won't hesitate, I'm having it OUT don't let ANY doctor convince you its not to do with the implant as it will make you question your sanity, it isn't you its that thing in your arm! I'll let you know how I get on girls and let us now how you do! Good luck I hope we all go back to normal
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Hello,

Like so many others, I am SO glad that I found this site!

I got the implant put in my arm at the end of September, and about a month after I got it, I had my first panic attack and started suffering from major anxiety so bad that I hardly left my house for a whole MONTH! I had to drop a quarter of school because I couldn't go to class. It CRIPPLED me!

Now, I had panic attacks before, when, coincidentally, I was on the Depo shot. I was 21, at the time, and didn't realize, then, that it was the shot giving me the panic attacks and anxiety. But, I haven't had a panic attack, since I got off the shot. So, that's 7 years without any problems.

Now, all of a sudden, I get this implant in my arm, and I'm suffering panic attacks, again! I told my doctor that I thought it could be the implant, but they dismissed the theory. Medications haven't worked because they're intended to cure a problem that I DON'T have, which is depression. I'm assuming that the real issue is a hormonal imbalance, caused by the implant.

I was on the pill, before I got the implant, and I was FINE. Therefore, it is obvious that the implant in my arm and the Depo shot are the CAUSE of my anxiety problems. Especially, since I have absolutely NOTHING to be anxious about, right now. My life is going incredibly well, apart from this battle with anxiety, and I have much to look forward to. I should be HAPPY, not anxious.

If I had known that these implants mess with your hormones so badly and cause such horrific side effects, I NEVER would have had it put in my arm. I'm very upset by this, especially after reading about how some people were made suicidal by it. This is something that patients should be warned of PRIOR to getting the implant done. Who cares about weight gain and excessive bleeding when something like this could cost someone their LIFE? WHY was this never brought up as a serious side effect in any of the literature or by the doctor who did the procedure for me? It scares me to think that some women could harm or kill themselves over this, never knowing that it's the implant that's causing it, and never being warned in advance of the dangers. I think that a class action lawsuit should be filed by the victims of this implant to force the company and doctors to share this vital information.

FORTUNATELY, I am getting my implant taken out, tomorrow. I tried to have it done, before, due to the associated weight gain, but the clinic told me to wait it out. "It gets better after a few months." WRONG. I really wish I hadn't listened to them. I really hope that the recovery is as immediate as the onset of the anxiety was, and I can get back to my usual happy-go-lucky self.
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hi.i wrote on here a few weeks ago about what happend when i was on the implant.i had my implant taken out yesterday and i feel so much better already.dont feel so mood i feel really calm but i was not befor when i had it in.is only the first day so i hope that i stay like this.doctor was a bit moody about taken it out but said i was not leaveing till i had it out!!!so i got it out.still had the odd bit of anixety to day  but it dose not feel as bad as it did..so i hope it up wards from here on.i will post bk in a few weeks a let everyone now how im doing.hope this give some hope to people that are haveing prob with there implant.I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TO ANY1.i think what the outher girl said about the class action lawsuit is so right i went thro a year of hell on this.and more people should be more aware of these kind of side effects.i even said to my doctor yesterday about the really bad side effect i was haveing and she told me that it had nothing to do with the implant.wich it wrong.all these people on this page went thro the things that i went thro.and thay are all on the IMPLANT.so it has got to do with that.good luck everyone.and I will post bk on here soon and let everyone no how im getting on.
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Hello,

I got my implant removed, today. I was actually having a panic attack, prior to my appointment, but I fought through it because I wanted it taken out of my arm. The doctor and the nurse were polite, but they didn't seem at all surprised or concerned about my anxiety and panic attack problems with the implant. It certainly didn't sound like they were going to warn future women who want the procedure done of these side effects, either. "It happens," was the only response that I got, pretty much. I honestly think that it's going to take a class action lawsuit filed by the victims of Implanon to get the company and the doctors to start taking these side effects seriously.

The procedure itself wasn't bad, it just took longer than expected because the implant did not want to come out without a fight. She made a very tiny incision over the small scar left by the insertion, and maneuvered it (with great difficulty and eventually with the assistance of the nurse) through the hole and removed it with a pair of forceps. Amazing how so much bad can come out of such a tiny plastic rod! They put a couple of small bandages on my arm, wrapped it up with a pressure bandage, and sent me on my way... with a year's supply of Desogen (the pill that never caused me any problems) in a discreet paper bag.

To tell you the truth, I already feel so much better, but that's probably the pure RELIEF of having it out of my arm. Knowing that was the cause is also a HUGE relief. It's scary to suffer such horrific symptoms with no idea what's causing them, especially when your life is otherwise going well, and you don't have any reason to feel that way. I was lucky that I figured it out quickly. I can't imagine suffering from this for YEARS, like some women have. I am just praying for a speedy recovery from this, so I can get back to my normal, happy, life.

I will check in regularly to let you guys know how I'm doing, so people can know what to expect from their recovery, after removing the implant. If you haven't, yet, and you're experiencing these side effects, I STRONGLY urge you to get it REMOVED. It isn't worth being miserable or endangering your life over. If your doctor argues, too bad. It's YOUR decision and it's YOUR body, not theirs. They CANNOT tell you no. There are lots of other, much safer, birth control options out there.

Good Luck!
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I'm 21 and 6 months in to my second implant.. im so happy to have found this site. my first implant i taught was great. wel fro the first 18months, i had always had problems wit the pill and it affecting my period so when my periods stopped for 18months i was delighted. but then they came back and have been irregular ever since. i nearly have them the whole time. i went to my doctor when it first started and he put me on a course of the pill which seemed to help and arranged for me to get the implant changed a month or two early sayin that when it has been changed they should go bac to normal, not the case.

thats just one side.. i've never even taught of relatin it to the bar before and just taught i had depression problems, i dont no when i think they had started but i have had d bar in since i was 17 and i suppose it was around that time. ive been on and off depression and axenity and sleep medication for years. its just gone to bad now.. i've got a great life but im constanly crying and depressed.. finding it hard just to be happy. the littlist thing can set me off. cant get out of bed alot of mornings.. cant sleep. recently ive litterly been feeling like im going crazy.. ill be the happyist person ye could meet one day and next ill be in tears on the bedroom floor hatein my life.im contantly stressed and worry the whole time/ my relasionship with my boyfriend is goin wrong, he's the nicest chap ye could meet and wer just constantly arrgueing. i fly off the handle for nothing, the littleist of things and evrything gets blown way out of porportion. i've went to brake up with him loads of times thinkin that it was him makin me feel unhappy, but thankfully he's loves me too much and never let me go. im litterly in tears here again with the taughts of the way i am feeling is cause of the implant and ive been blaming it all on him the whole time. i definatly going to get the implant removed after seein this site and seeing that there's so many girls that feel the same way as me, i really taught that i could have mental health issues and to think that this could all be caused by a stupid contraceptive implant is disgusting. i was never aware of this being a side effect.
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Hi,

Im 20, i have had the implant for 3 months - i had my fitted when i had an abortion they literally made me have it i didnt want it to start with.
First 2 months were fine, but this last month, i have been so angry all the time, i would cry over anything but maybe this is related to the abortion aswel, I just find myself picking fights with people or being angry at them for no reason.

I have been so angry with one guy, claimed to have feelings for me, liked me, then one day changed his mind. WELL he got an hear full - i want mad, then realised its not his fault its the implant.

I am having it out a week tues, the day cant come soon enough!
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I have had my implanon removed for about a month now and have had no sign of a period, taken several pregnancy tests but all negative, im a bit worried as surely i should have had a period by now?? please help me!!!
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I can't believe I had this stupid implanon implanted in me. It ruined my life. I got it a year ago and my life has been horrible since. I started having with my ex (my daughter's dad) and I would go psycho on him. I would talk so much crap to him and I would cry all the time. I always had these feelings of anxiety and there were months were all I would do was cry. I lost a lot of friends because I never had the energy to go out with them. I felt like crap so I made sure to make my ex feel like crap too. Of course he is a man and they do not have the same feelings us women do and instead of him sticking by my side he left me cause he couldn't put up with me. He left me all alone with my daughter and no money. That made me even more depressed. Sometimes I thought if everyone would be happier if I was dead. The only thing that kept me from not doing something horrible was my daughter cause I love her so much. My daughter's would come around sometimes and every time I treated him so bad he kept leaving and now I am all alone. I hate this implanon. I wonder what my life would have been like without it and the depression and anxiety. I know I would have been a happier and nicer person and perhaps I would still have my little family. ;(
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***UPDATE***

Hello,

I have had my implant out since Jan. 28th, and I feel a million times better! It wasn't an immediate cure, though... I have to warn everyone who's planning to get it removed that it doesn't fix the problem right away. I still had anxiety for a little while after it was removed. However, it was NOWHERE near as bad as it was, when I had the implant in my arm. I was also an emotional rollercoaster for a little while after I had the implant removed, and I did become physically ill, too. I think it was withdrawals from the hormones and my immune system needing to reboot. It wasn't too bad, though. As long as you know WHY that's happening to you, it's worth going through, TRUST ME. It's a hell of a lot better than going through all that anxiety and not knowing what's causing it, that's for damn sure! You might be a little scared that you will have a panic attack just because that's what you've been conditioned for after months or years of suffering from it. BUT, this, too, seems to pass with time and realizing that you ARE better, now. Also, BONUS, almost instantly after having it removed, my appetite went back to normal, and I'm dropping the pounds it made me gain, too. In fact, my appetite went away altogether, so I actually have to make myself eat. So, just a heads up on that, too. You may have to make sure you're getting the right amount of food because your body may not tell you it's hungry.

Just make sure that you don't push yourself too hard. Take the time to rest and recover. Make sure you get lots of sleep. That is very important. Be patient, and let the hormones work their way out of your system.

By the way, I did some independent research, and I learned that Progesterone, the key ingredient in the implant, is a neurological steroid known to cause... ANXIETY! It took a lot of reading up on the hormone itself to learn this, however. It is NOT included in the literature for the implant, nor do doctors warn their patients about it.

Again, I think that there should be a class action lawsuit filed by the victims to force the company that makes Implanon to better educate women about this potentially life threatening side effect.

So, in happier news... I went out with my friend on March 5th, and we went to a super crowded bar that I'd be nervous to go to before all of this happened (drama, drama, drama). However, I was totally FINE. I had FUN. Not one trace of anxiety at all. I think I'm cured... :-)

Like I said, it's a little rough for a while after you get the implant removed. However, it DOES get better. Just give it time. It's like having surgery. Your body needs time to recover. Don't rush it. Don't worry if you don't feel 100% right away. If you have someone you trust that you can talk to about it, that helps, too. Whether it's a counselor or your mom, it helps to have someone who can listen and be supportive. I find writing about it in a journal to be very therapeutic, too. I heard it can take MONTHS for this stuff to get out of your system completely. It ***** that it takes so long, but it's better to know what the problem is, and to know that you're on the road to recovery, than to continue to suffer in the dark, wondering what's wrong with you.

Good Luck!
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*POSITIVE FEEDBACK, PLEASE READ =D*
A few weeks ago I was reading this forum in tears, I had been suffering the worst kind of anxiety and depression. I won't go into detail about that now, but I remember reading this forum and feeling better than I had in weeks because of the positiveness of you girls! I said to myself that when I had the implant out I would come back to this page, and let you all know how it went! So here I am....

I had my implanon out about 2 weeks ago (only 2 weeks ago) and I already feel better! I have been cheerful, positive and generally a whole deal better!! The doctor told me to expect a few months for my natural hormone levels to go back to normal, so I'm not expecting miracles, and I'm not going to lie, I have had a few minor anxious feelings (but noting I can't handle with a little push forward!) I just wanted to let you all know that you can feel better than you do now! I've been there and I know there's nothing worse, but it's mind over matter and you can do it!!

If you even think the implant could be the cause, why give it a chance? I had mine taken out because I was willing to do anything to get back to my normal self, and I am getting there! I thought, even if it's not the implant, I'm not going to give it the benefit of the doubt!  There are many other contraception methods out there including the IUD (Coil - hormone free =D) or just good old fasioned condoms! Get it out and get on with your lives!

I hope this message has given you hope and inspiration, good luck to you all!

Kayleigh xx
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***Heads Up***

I drank some Rockstar (1/4-1/2 a can a day) for the last few days, and that was a REALLY bad idea. Apparently, like all energy drinks, it can cause anxiety and jitters (which just seems to exacerbate the anxiety symptoms of the implant). So, I recommend lay off the energy drinks, especially if you're sensitive to caffeine, until the hormones from the implants work their way out of your system.
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i have had the implant for about 5 months now and ever since have had periods of feeling very down possibly depressed. i have recently been to my doctor and explained that i think the implant is making me depressed and she was very patronising saying i am a teenager and are bound to experience mood swings! evryone feels down at times but not to the point they would consider themselves as depressed! she basically said im a silly teenager with life problems and blaming it on the implant! im am so glad to of found this page, and not to be alone! has anyone had the implant removed, and what method of contraception are you using now?
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Like so many women have said on here, I am very happy to have found this site.  I had Implanon fitted in May of last year and unfortunately, it coincided with my work-life being turnes upside down. I was so busy being (legitimately) stressed with work I hadn't realised how bad I was.  I was constantly having a period, and my libido had dropped to nothing but those 2 things go together so I didn't think too much of it and put everything down to work stress and the Implanon settling down.  My GP is lovely and did get me to give the Implanon a chance. (Since I have PCOS and an allergy to high levels of Estrogen, this seemed like a good option).  

However, after it got to the point where I was wondering how much it would hurt to get hit by a car and if that would be preferable to going to work another day, and my normally supportive boyfriend was saying we need to discuss if we have a problem, I went back to see my GP.  As soon as I told her what's been going on, she said it is time to get it removed.

I am booked in Thursday AM.  I will let you all know how it goes.

All the best to you all... The stress of trying to avoid pregnancy isn't worth this...x
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I can't believe this! I had the implant put in a few months ago and have been experiencing severe panic attacks, anxiety and depression. I've been convinced more and more that I'm on the verge of going insane. In one of my desperate states I googled 'anxiety and the implant' not expecting much to come up and i'm sooo glad i did. I am so angry that doctors do not seem to know or care about these side-effects, and that women are getting this awful thing put in their arm for THREE YEARS with no real knowledge of these life ruining side-effects. Something seriously needs to be done about this, if i had been told i could feel half as bad as this i would NEVER have had it put in. I'm getting it out as soon as I can and i advise anyone who is experiencing this to do the same, and kick up a fuss if they put you on some lame waiting list. I really hope awareness is raised about this somehow, hopefully we'll all get back to our old selves soon! Come on girls- lets not put up with this ****!!!!!
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wow, its so nice to find this website. i have suffered from anxiety problems since i was 16 im not 21 and still having trouble with them, However just over a year ago i had the implant put into my left arm and since then my panic attacks are worse i really think they play with your hormones and i really did not even think that it could be the implant making my anxiety worse but it is definetly i possibility. I have seen therapists and psychologists and although they have helped temporally the effects do not last long before i feel like hell again. I get so scared some times and just freak out. Its really starting to get me down, i think perhaps getting this implanon out is a good idea, as although i had panic attacks before i had it, they are so much worse now and i don't sleep its just annoying! arghhhh, good luck to everyone out there.
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Hi, i am 27 years old, thank goodness for this website... i have had the implant in for nearly 1 month and before reading the reviews on this page i honestly thought i was going mental.
I have had an absolute nightmare the past few weeks, sufferring from severe anxiety... worrying from the moment i wake up in the morning t the moment i try and go to sleep at night....feeling uncomfortable around people, staying in the house not wanting to do anything, depressive moods, wanting to cry all the time...when i am usually a very happy woman and i love my life. i have a great family and wonderfull boyfreind who loves me so much, i have nothing to be depressed about.d
I am suprized my boyfreind is still with me to be quite honest as i have been so horrible to him. He has had to put up with me having a go at him constantly over the slightest things. I didnt realize it was the implant that could be the cause of how i am feeling, i have always sufferred with very mild anxiety and am a bit of a worrier generally but since having this nasty thing put into my arm the anxiety has got completely out of hand, i went to my gp last week and ended up in tears because i thought i was developing some kind of mental disorder, the thing is i didn't mention the implant atall as i thought it was just me!! so the gp said i was sufferring from some kind of anxiety disorder, but i am almost certain it is the implant now after reading the reviews of other women and judging how i was before i had this put in my arm. its like i have completely changed into someone else.
i think the implant should be banned... if it has these kind of affects on a woman then you should at least be warned! i am going first thing tommorrow to demand my gp to take it out... i just hope i go back to my normal self soon so i can be happy again like i normally am.
i will post gain and tell you how i am getting on after the removal.
GET YOUR IMPLANTS TAKEN OUT!!!!
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i have had the implant taken out of my arm 2 days ago and i am already feeling much better. i dont know if its phsycological because i know it is not there anymore which makes me feel better or if the side effects of the omplant are already wearing off... whatever it is all i can say is that i am so glad its out as i had the worst experience when it was in my arm. i felt like absolute ****. This may not be the case for everyone, but if you are reading this post because you are concerened about the side effects the implanon may be having on you, i would strongly advise to talk to your gp because i dont think they make you fully aware of the effects this thing and i really do think if you suffer with anxiety already, it can make it worse in my experience anyway. i wouldnt reccomend this type of contraceptive method to anyone thinking about having it put in.
its dangerous.
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I am so relieved to have found this site.
I had my implant inserted 9 months ago following losing a baby, they would not let me leave the hospital until it was in. I suffered with constant bleeding for the first 6 months then as someone before has said i had a discharge that smelt like a dead animal, good contraception on that front as i didnt want my partner near me!!
I am a very up beat person who like most of us has the usual worries, but the past 6 weeks if it hadnt been for the fact i have a fantastic 10 year old boy, i can honestly say i wouldnt be here!!! Never before have i suffered panic or anxiety but recently i have found myself rolling around on the floor trying to get my breath, pulling my hair and hitting my head just to try and get it to work again. I honestly think i am cracking up, the doctors have me on a cocktail of drugs to control this, but if this could be put down to the implanon then i thank god that you guys have wrote down your feelings.
I have made an appointment to try and get this out my arm, and if i feel that if it helps, i will be doing all i can to have more research done on this devil drug!
If there is anyone out there who knows anything about the research done on this can you put some details on, links etc, as i feel that if we dont look further into this then it will brushed under the carpet! I truly believe that as usual it will be a cheap remedy to a huge market in contraception. Good luck everyone i certainly will be keeping everyone posted x x
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Hello, ladies!

I wrote to the FDA a little while ago in an attempt to report these horrible side effects from Implanon. In my e-mail, I included a link to this site and many others with hundreds of posts from other women suffering from the same side effects. Below is the e-mail that they sent back... I urge EVERYONE in the U.S. who has suffered from adverse side effects from this implant to PLEASE follow the instructions in the e-mail and report it to the FDA. If WE don't tell them, then they DON'T KNOW, and there isn't ANYTHING they can do about it. However, if enough women report their experiences, then the FDA WILL take notice and conduct an investigation. Please, pass this information along to anyone you know who has suffered from Implanon. Thank you!

Dear (Me):

Thank you for your message to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), one of the seven centers within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Please be aware that the FDA continues to evaluate both the attributability and incidence of the reported adverse events associated with Implanon's use.  These reports are taken into account as part of the ongoing safety evaluation that occurs throughout the lifetime of all drug products.  As you are well aware, any drug that has potential benefits also has potential risks, and it is often impossible to predict which individual may have a particular side effect.

The safety profile of a drug evolves over its lifetime on the market.  Even after many years of use, new information that may impact the clinical use of a medical product can often be detected.
Medical product safety monitoring is an ongoing process accomplished through postmarketing surveillance, the collection of data about drugs once they are marketed and thus available to a larger population than those patients involved in clinical trials.

The MedWatch Adverse Events Reporting System (MedWatch) is an aspect of FDA’s ongoing surveillance of marketed drug products for adverse events.  We view this reporting system as a source of signals showing trends of adverse events  Should a trend emerge from the spontaneous adverse events reports, the FDA will work with the sponsor of the product to address the problem.  The solutions may include changes in the labeling information, enhanced warnings in the labeling, or communications to health care professionals.  In the most serious cases or where other attempted solutions have not been effective, the sponsor may decide to remove the drug from the market or the FDA may request that the drug be withdrawn.

There may be instances in which the signals generated by the spontaneous reporting system may not be of sufficient strength to warrant additional epidemiological investigation about a

drug.  This may be especially likely in cases where a drug is used chronically and there are many confounding factors.  It is also quite possible that a particular drug may be associated with adverse events and still be a valuable part of a medical treatment program, depending on what it is used for and what other therapies are available to various types of patients.

I would urge you to convey to anyone you know suffering adverse events to Implanon to report them to our MedWatch program.  We now have a way to report directly to MedWatch via the Internet. You can find a link to the Internet voluntary reporting form by going to the MedWatch homepage (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/index.html), and then click on "Report a Serious Medical Product Problem Online." In addition, if a person would like to report an adverse experience directly to the MedWatch Program, please call 1-800-FDA-1088. Alternatively, call our Office of Drug Information at 301-796-3400, and request that a MedWatch packet be sent.

If you feel that Implanon should be removed from the market, you may first want to see what adverse drug events (ADEs) that have been reported to the FDA for the drug.  Copies of adverse drug reaction reports for Implanon or any drug are available under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  You can find out more about making an FOIA request at the following link:  http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/FOI/default.htm.

You will initially need to make a request for all the ADEs for Implanon received for a specific time.  What you will then receive is a line listing of the reported ADEs by FDA's receipt date of the submission.  If you desire the actual submitted reports, you will then have to go through the list and make a 2nd request for the individual case reports you want to receive, so it can be a two step process.

As you may know, the FDA approves drug products both for prescription use and self-medication (over-the-counter).  Please be aware that the purpose of prescription drug labeling is to provide a “learned intermediary,” such as a licensed physician, with information for the safe and proper use of the product in their patients, which includes any risks and precautions regarding the particular drug in question.  It is the responsibility of the physician to provide this information to the patient.  You can review the FDA approved labeling for Implanon at the following link:  http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

Sincerely,

Division of Drug Information
D202D

This communication is consistent with 21 CFR 10.85 (k) and constitutes an informal communication that represents our best judgment at this time but does not constitute an advisory opinion, does not necessarily represent the formal position of FDA, and does not bind or otherwise obligate or commit the agency to the views expressed.

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I'm 18, I got my implant in in November 2010 and I was really happy with it. I'd been doing some research before hand to find the best contraception for me and I thought the implant was it. I haven't had any trouble with my periods but my breasts continuoulsy ache as if I was on my period. About two months ago was when the mood changes began to hit me. I was always angry or sad about something, I fell out with all my friends at college because I was a '*****' and things just got worse. I'm always crying. The smallest thing sets me off. I have a long term boyfriend and he really is wonderful. We never argue but everytime we might start i just burst into tears and cry at him. I'm worried it will make me look clingy and he might just get fed up of it.
Today i found a whole bunch of stuff that my GP had printed off about contraception for me and there's a bit bit about the implant. It says 'there is no evidence that women with the implant put on weight. it is also not associated with an altered sex drive or mood changes.' I did my research and it seems that even if you think you know whsat youre going to get you dont.
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Please share your story about the Implanon and depression/ anxiety as I want other woman to make an educated choice.

http://the-implanon.blogspot.com/

I suffered from depression and anxiety on Implanon, I just went into a black hole for no reason. I was extremely angry and horrible - I just did not recognize myself anymore and I did not know why.

I have since had the implant removed and the effects were almost instant for me, i feel absolutely great now and the longer I am without the implant and feeling back to normal, the more the time I had it in seems mental. I lost a good 6 months of my life to the Implanon and I wish the nurse who administered it, or the nurse who I saw three times for repeat pill prescriptions to control the bleeding mentioned to me that progesterone is linked to anxiety. I would have had it removed much earlier on and not suffered for as long.

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Please share your story about the Implanon and depression/ anxiety as I want other woman to make an educated choice.

http://the-implanon.blogspot.com/

I suffered from depression and anxiety on Implanon, I just went into a black hole for no reason. I was extremely angry and horrible - I just did not recognize myself anymore and I did not know why.

I have since had the implant removed and the effects were almost instant for me, i feel absolutely great now and the longer I am without the implant and feeling back to normal, the more the time I had it in seems mental. I lost a good 6 months of my life to the Implanon and I wish the nurse who administered it, or the nurse who I saw three times for repeat pill prescriptions to control the bleeding mentioned to me that progesterone is linked to anxiety. I would have had it removed much earlier on and not suffered for as long.

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I had the implant removed three weeks ago and my anxiety did almost immediately lessen. However, it has started to return again :( is it possible that the hormone is still having its effect or is it just me?any answers would be greatly appreciated :)
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So relieved like many others to have found this forum.
I was fine on my first implanon, but with the second suffered massive anxiety (heart palpitations, sick stomach), depression, social withdrawal, acne, loss of appetite... so I went on anxiety medication (6 weeks after having implanon inserted). Four weeks later I still wasn't feeling right, so googled implanon and anxiety, and like loads of other people here 'was so relieved I wasn't going crazy'.
That was a week ago, and just having a reason behind it has made me feel so much better but still not 100%.
Had the implanon removed yesterday. Concerned now about the long term consequences of this thing... have seen a couple of posts that mention people having symptoms even months after the implanon was removed, though happy to see that most people felt an improvement quite quickly. I'll let you know how I get on.

When I told the family planning health nurse that I wanted it out, she was quite disapproving really.. she had removed 'hundreds' but never heard of anyone suffering with anxiety... and said that it wasn't listed as one of the side effects in the literature, that the company had done trials etc- I told her about these forums and she said 'That's only patient report'. ONLY. If I weren't surer of my decision, or about the number of women who had reported symptoms like mine, I might have been convinced otherwise. Even more so because I hadn't had problems with the first one.

Ultimately the drugs company are selling a product, and if listing 'nervousness' as a side effect sells more than listing 'anxiety, panic attacks, depression, self harm, suicide' then they're going to do that, aren't they?

I shudder to think about people out there who a) never think that it might be the implanon b) are convinced by their doctor that it isn't the implanon c) lives are ruined or d) take their own lives... It just doesn't bear thinking about. I've had the worst two months of my life on this, wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy...

Thank you to every one of you for posting. You may have literally saved my life. You have definitely saved my sanity. I will be eternally grateful.

Please do let us know how you get on after having it removed.

Love, C
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hey, had the implanon in just over 2years, for the past month i've been an emotional wreck, depressed, suffering with panic attacks- (never having one before) and anxious. I was sooo sick of feeling this way, I don't even care for seeing my boyfrend or friends in the past month so weird for what used to be such an out-going 20yr old girl who used never be at home and always off out! i went to the doctor today to get it removed after reading all these comments which im so grateful for, but to my suprise the doctor didn't believe me when i said i wanted it removed because mf the issues i've had with it. she said it couldn't be possible after having it in all the time i have- but i think i will prove her wrong!!..

i really hope aswell as all of ye that i recover and go back to my happy worry free self ASAP!!!! i've the summer to look forward to!..

all the best for everyone XXX
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i am so glad i read this , i dont know whats been happening to me but i am snaping at everyone especially my nearest and dearest , it makes me feellike i am losing the plot i also shut myelf off from the world and cry un controllably one min i am fine then i am so angry for the least thing x i also have feelings of worthlesness and dark feelings like it would be easier just not to be here i have a wonderful partner and two gorgeous girrls whom i love dearly but just feel in such a darkplace at the moment , i am deffo gettin this thing out asap
thanks for everything xxxx
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Oh my god, I cannot believe I've found this website. I feel so much better knowing that it's not only me feeling like this!

I'm 16 and had my implant put in on the 28th of February. Since then I've been a complete mess.

To start with, I felt really moody and got really sensitive over nothing. My boyfriend noticed the change instantly, saying that I was more grumpy more frequently. After this I started to get really upset over nothing, I would cry everyday, wherever I was and whoever I was with. I went to my GP and he recommended counselling or going back to the FPC to talk about getting it removed, but when I did this (about a month ago), the nurse told me to wait until I'd had it in for 3 months. Since then, it got better for a little while. I didn't feel back to myself, but I was better. That was up until a week or so ago, then I started to doubt my relationship with my boyfriend even though it's awesome, I started to self harm, which is ridiculous because I've never had any history of this EVER and I can't stop crying. The worst thing is that this is in the middle of all of my exams which is a complete pain!

Now I've made an appointment to go and talk about getting it taken out and I can't wait! I just want this thing out of my arm so I can get back to normal! (Sorry about the long post!)
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I Have had this thing in Now for 3 yrs + and it has been terrible, at first i didnt notice and just thought i was being moody, but then it became serious to my husband (whom I love very much) having martial problems......any little thing sets me off, anything! I have become Angry, violent, very sad, depressed! But it has just got worse and worse, to the point i dont want to get dressed some days, feel very sleepy heavy feeling, and even worse bad thoughts about not wanting to be here anymore, i have never been to the Doctor because im NOT one for going to the Doctors, so feel if i just go they will go down differnet avenues,  but i have always believed its been the Implant, even my friends and family have said that they thought it was since i had it! So as of tomorrow im phoning to make a appointment to have it taken out next week, enough is enough.....hopefully my husband will get his bubbly wife back and my kids will have a happy mummy again, as even them have been saying are you okay Mum you seem so sad sometimes, are you sick! NOT good!  I have to get this removed i have wasted 3 years of my life just getting worse, but i keep thinking , Oh it will pass, but it hasnt! I now feel like i can relate to all of you in what you all have been feeling and dont feel so alone, as I have been feeling very alone, not even my husband can help! And with reading anout the ppl that have now had it removed and are slowly feeling back to there normal self again is great! I will check back in a few weeks and let you know how im feeling.........:-)
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Hey, just writing to say I've not been as bad as I was when I had the implannon, my friends are a great help thank gd and my family are aware it's removed but my boyf is the best helpasking me daily how I'm feeling. I hope within weeks I'll be my complete self.. but in my opinion this should be taken off the market nobody should have to go thrugh these side effects.. especially when they're not even listed on the leaflet. It's horrible.

good luck to all, xx
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Hi girls, i posted loads last year after i suffered the worst king of depression and anxiety while on the implanon. Drs said it wasn't the implanon and i just have an anxiety disorder. Funny that as everything in my life was great and i'd never felt like this b4. Just to reassure all the newbies, yr not mad! its defo the progesterone, i've done sooo much research. And i am 100% after having implanon removed ( was gradual though)

The reason i post again is because 2 weeks ago i was having a rather long period so i went to the drs who decided to give me Noritherstone, which is a HORMONE tablet that helps regulate your periods, and the main ingredient is, yep u guessed it progestreone! i kicked up a bit of a fuss and said about my reaction to implant, she said not to worry i'll be fine :S i've heard that b4. So trusting the dr again ;( i took the tablets, this time it was instant, after my 3rd tablet that day it hit me i felt awful, then 2 days later i started getting panicky and very anxious again, i stopped taking the tablets after 4 days. .... 2 days later and i'm fine and am looking forward to seeing the dr again and telling her how damaging these plastic hormones really are!
I too worry about the many woman that the drs turn away, the drs made me believe i was crazy, i'm so glad i went against her advice and had it out, it scares me to think where i might be now ;(
So keep positive ladies if i got through it, you can x
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Just a quick quote from a medical site.
' Progestogens, probably more so than natural progesterone, increase MAO concentration thus producing depression and irrability. Pure progestogen treatment such as depoprovera is known to worsen depression.'
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Just want to thank everybody on here for your comments. After thinking I was going mad I finally realise I'm not the only one who feels this way. I had the implant put it 14 months ago and I keep going through these really horrible spells of feeling so down and depressed. The worst of it all is the anxiety. My confidence has hit rock bottom, I don't even like socializing anymore because I feel paranoid for no reason whatsoever. I spend my days off work in bed or lounging around having a cry to myself. I am always being horrible to my poor boyfriend and flipping out over nothing and then the next day I ask myself why I was so mean! I think I'm going to get this removed. Thanks everyone x
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I'm so glad I'm not alone. I seriously thought I was a nut job. My poor boyfriend. I've had this thing in about a month and half & I have been a sobbing, snippy, grouchy mess the whole time. I thought it sounded like the easiest & best BC ever. I learned my lesson. I'm so tired of feeling this way. I'm going to make an appointment to get it removed ASAP. Thank you all so much.
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Hi all,

I said I'd post to let people know how I was getting on...it's now 18 days since I've had the implanon taken out. I'm feeling better all the time but I still have a bit of a way to go. I've kept up the anti anxiety medication (citalopram) and about 7 days ago I forgot to take the citalopram one day and the next day felt terrible - really anxious. Then slowly began to feel better in the days after that. So not feeling well enough to come off them yet but the doctor has said to give it a minimum of a month. What have other people's experiences been after removing the implant?
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Hi everyone,
I posted here in November 2010, just before having my Implanon taken out.
So, it's been almost 7months now and I am totally back to my usual self at last!
I felt better after 2 weeks after having it removed and things just started looking up from then on.
I lost all the extra weight I'd put on without going an extreme diet or anything, it just came off naturally.
My skin is back to normal as well and I feel so much better!
Having that thing removed was the best move I ever made!
It just wasn't suited for me, that's all, it might suit someone else but personally, it messed me up emotionally and physically.
Life is back to normal for me, thank god!
Take care
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Hi everyone, just thought i'd let you know of my positive experience since having the implant removed, as it helped me alot reading other success stories. I had severe anxiety, depersonalisation, insomnia and depression on the implant and really believed i was developing some kind of mental disorder. I had it taken out 2 months ago and i can honsetly say I'm nearly back to my old self. I would just like to say to anyone who is having it taken out for similar reasons don't worry if it takes a few weeks or even a few months to feel better again, it takes time for your body and mind to adjust. Eat well, get enough sleep and you'll be feeling better in no time :) xxx
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im 22 and have had the implant in for about 2 and a half years now, and i have only just realised that my implant may have caused alot of my problems!!
i constantly have no self esteeme, no confidence, im moody and vebally aggressive all the time to my parents, i have a really bad attitude towards life and the things i and other people do, i always cry over little things and get upset at the littlest things, i feel myself slipping away to the point were i dont know who i am anymore. Iv become a very unreliable, moody, i dont have any sence of personal hygiene and have become an aggressive cow!
has anyone else felt like this?
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in reply to your question about post-implant experiences, my anxiety also came back badly after like a week or two of having it out which made me feel even more anxious in general cos i wasn't sure if had been the implant all along. However it's been two months later and i'm feeing much better, although i think it's going to be a bit longer before im completely chilled out again! i think it's because even though the hormone was leaving my body my anxious thought patterns hadn't stopped and i was expecting to/worrying about feeling panicky or depressed and over analysing how i was feeling. My advice would be to not try and fight the anxiety, if you accept the thoughts/feelings and remember it is completely normal part of anxiety, it will go away by itself. Hope this helps xx
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I have had this implant also for 2 and half years, i am feeling so low i have never ever in my life felt like this ..like uncontrolable crying and sadness, that is just not the way i have ever been, i am sooooooo sooo glad i have found this page i felt like the only person in the world with these feelings it has put a smile on my face for the first time in a week, i am going to get it taken out this week.  Thanks so much everyone for adding their input onto this i feel reassured and now know what the problem is.
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Update

I've now had my implant out for three and a half weeks and each week is better than the previous... with the number of bad days each week reducing and the number of good days increasing. Also the quality of the good days is increasing all the time.

Good luck to the girls going through the process at the moment! It will pass :)

Thanks ella21 for the comment, I think everyone's worst fear is 'what if it's not the implant' but with time you see the improvements :)

C x
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I had the implant put in in January and started having problems straight away. Had it out in March but am still suffering with very bad panic attacks to the point where I don't go out without my husband or mum. Must be the Implanon. Taking 10mg of Citalapram at the mo but feel like I need more help. Glad I came on here because I thought I was going mad. Doctor said symptoms would get better after 2 cycles but has'nt as yet. Thanks everyone this has opened my eyes and would never get this implant fitted again.
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Hello,

I posted here a couple of weeks ago talking about my experience with the implant, and I thought I'd keep you updated now I've had it removed.

I had the implant removed about a week ago, and I cannot tell you how relieved I was just seeing the thing out of my arm, I felt so much better knowing that I could now find out what was causing me to feel so down. Anyway, it's just over a week since I've had it out, and for the first week I was feeling a lot better. I wasn't feeling so low and I was just generally feeling better.
But now, after about 10 days I've started to feel back to how I was feeling when I had it in. Although I've heard that this is common as the hormone is still leaving your body, it's still slightly worrying.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it was just the implant that was making me feel so low and that I'll return to my normal self soon. But my advice is: If you think that the implant is having a negative impact on you then get it removed, it's the best thing to do for yourself! Hope everything goes well!

P.S. If anyone could tell me about their experiences after having the implant out, then that would be great! :)
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Hello, I had a really bad patch around the day 12 mark after having the plant removed, that improved in the days after that but had another bad day around day 19. Had my first period shortly after that and have felt WAY better since then. Lots of girls report that it takes a month or two to get back to normal. Just keep telling yourself that it is the implanon. X
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Wow! I am so relieved to have found this forum too. I have had the implant now for almost 3 years so am nearly due to have it removed and for nearly the whole time of having it i have felt extremely high levels of stress. Alot of the time i feel that i can't focus or relax at all. I have put it down to alot of things but just recently thought that it may have been the implant. I decided today to google it and can not believe the ammount of people who have been suffering the same problem as me. I feel silly to have put up with it for so long but sometimes you don't always know the cause of a problem. I have also found that my periods have been very spasmodic, where i have always had a very regular cycle before i had the implant. I put the irregularity down to the fact that i breast fed for 17 months and thought it may been my body still settling back to normal but i stopped breast feeding about 18 months ago now, so really my body should have got back to normal by now. The only thing i can trigger any of this down to is the implant and i feel so at ease now to know that i am not the only one who is suffering the same symptoms. I actually thought i was going mad to be honest!! Also i have found that on several occassions my arm has flaired up with a really red, itchy hive on the exact spot where the implanon is. Surely this can not be right.
I am due to have the implant removed in a couple of months but think i will go sooner and ask to have it removed, needless to say i will not be having another one re-inserted. Thanks all of you for putting my mind at rest.
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Like so many others I am glad to have found this site. I've had my 2nd implant in for abut 4 months now and they have been a bad 4 months. Terrible anxiety and depression, don't want to see family or friends when I am usually a very outgoing person who loves spending time with people.

I never would have put two and two together until a friend mentioned that the same thing happened to her on Implanon and then I found this site and have decided to have the thing taken out, I'm going for it taken out today. Will post an update when things improve!
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Thought I'd share my experiences with the implant too.
My first implanon I had for 3 years, with varying emotions. From time to time I suffered a lot of anxiety and a bit of depression, though I would put that down to loneliness, and I was so busy at Uni I hardly had time to notice my emotions. During the last 6 months of the duration of the implant I was the happiest I'd ever been, as I spent my last few months at Uni with a wonderful new boyfriend.

I had the implant removed about 2 months ago and a new one fitted [Nexplanon]. At the same time I moved back home, away from my boyfriend and without a secure job yet. I understand that  this would be a natural cause for stress and anxiety, but from having no anxiety before to having extremely high levels I can't help but think the implant is partly responsible.

Considering seeing a doctor about this, I really don't want to blame the implant for my anxiety but sometimes its so random I can't think of any deep rooted problems which would cause me to feel like this, this anxiety is really making me question things I've never felt the need to before in order to explain my emotions. Does this sound like something to do with the implant?

I'm reluctant to get it removed 'cos I love not having to worry about contraception, I'm wondering if the doctor could prescribe anything to combat anxiety.
This has felt really good getting it off my chest, I'm glad I found this thread.
Good luck to everyone, I'm very interested to hear more stories of people feeling better after having it removed [of course my worst fear is it being nothing to do with the implant - but I find that unlikely].
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I have just found this forum today and it has made me feel so much better!
I have had the implant for 3 years and i am due to have it removed this year.

I started having panic attacks, scray thoughts and i developed fears of things i never was scared of before. stupid things like horses. i used to horse ride so i didnt understand the sudden fear.

Last night i had a panic attack and i just sat and thought why is this happening and then i thought what if its the implant. So i googled it and this site came up and im so glad it did. Im going to get the bloody thing removed tomorrow and i cant wait.
I hope all of you are feeling better xxx
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After having my implant put in two years ago I have only just realised that so many other women have been suffering with the same side effects!! I thought I was going insane! I went to my doctors around 6 months ago to tell her about the mood swings, paranoia, anxiety, depression and pretty much everything else that I was going through over the past two years and she just said keep it in alittle while longer, which put me in more of a depressed state. After reading so many of these comments I have decided to take the implant out as it is affecting my life day by day. I am really relieved to find out that I really am not alone and that others have been suffering the same way I have!!

Thank you all so much for opening my eyes! Xxx
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I have had the implant for about 3 months. I get sick to my stomache pretty much every day. I get really sick after intercourse too. Does any one else get these feelings? I get worried all the tome that I could be pregnant but as I am on this I have like no period at all I get a little spotting(once in a great while) I feel like I want to cry alot but I always use a condom I don't really feel like I could be pregnant. My body acts like I am though. I cried about a joke I knew my boyfriend was joking about and I had no reason too. Help!
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I had the Implanon in for over 5 years from age 17 till about 23 and during this time, I started to get really, really, really bad Panic Attacks (So bad that I was hospilized on humurous occasions), Severe anxiety and depression. I always suffered from depression a bit so this wasnt a major concern. I never ever clicked that this might all be happening from having the Implanon. I was put on 20mg lexapro and tried heaps of other tablets but lexapro was the only thing that was working, I was also put on xanax, went for conective thearpy... you name it.

Anyway the bar was taking out and systems subsided even though I was still on medication until about a month ago, I got the bar back in and have been hit with a wollop of Anxiety and on the verge of severe panic attacks again.

I think ive finally discovered that their is a connection between my anxiety / panic attacks and the implanon and especially after researching the net even more so :( Im making an appointment with my doctor for tomorrow and ill keep you updated
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Hello everyone, just one final update now!

I've posted on here over the course of having the implant in and out and I just thought I'd share my experience now I've had it out for about 3 months.

Basically, I'm 16 and had the implant put in in February 2011 and I was suffering horrible depression up until I had it taken out in June 2011. Since I've had it taken out I've felt so much  better. It took about two months for the side effects to wear off completely and I had some VERY rough days during the two months afterwards. But now I'm here 3 or so months later and I feel brilliant! It's such a relief to know that it was the implant that was causing me to feel the way I did and I'm glad I found this site because it's really one of the things that kept me going.

So to whoever thinks that the implant is causing them hell... just get the thing taken out. It's not worth it and it will get better! Thanks to everyone who posted and kept this thread going, it's been such a huge help to me and so many others I'm sure!

Good luck to you all! xox
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I have been on implanon for a year, and my mood swings are awful, I drink more and cry a lot. I fight with I boyfriend every other day, I mean its physical, and im inscure don't like looking at myself and I use to never be like this, im happy go lucky. I think implanon is making me loose my mind and have crazy thoughts!
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Hi,I had the implant fitted about may and everything was fine but then in aug started getting servere panic attacks and feelingf like im not here(de-personilasion)I have had panic attacks before but 3 years ago and dealt with it and had been fine up until aug this year.I have NEVER felt this on edge before and never so stressed.I litereally worry about every ache and pain i have and im petrified all the time that im going to die.I no i'm fine but i cant help the worry.I have pains in my legs,neck,stomach everywhere.I keep hoping its not the implant but after reading all these posts the evidence keeps stacking up.Epecially about not feeling like you can connect with people and feeling nervous or awkard around others.I have NO sex drive at all and that is certainly not normal for me.Think I will get it removed as I'm so irritable around my children and keep randomly crying.Don't think anyone with a history of anxiety or depression should have it fitted.This is scary and to hear others have worse symptons and some feel they can't go on.I will be getting it out and all you other girls stay strong and it will get better.

      
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i had mine in for 10 mths in total! but after 6 mths i begged the docs to get it out but kept telling me to give it a chance! well Aug this yr i had a massive panic attack that lasted for days, and with 2 yr old triplets and a 3 yr old little girl my life was one big mess!!!!!! anyway its been 5wks since i had it removed and my life is slowly getting back to normal :) anyone with a history of anxiety or depression should not have the implanon implant !!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i hadn't of had it removed i wouldn't be here now thats how bad i was.xxxx hang in there and get it removed!
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my friends think im paranoid but goin 2 the doctors 2mora anyway thanks for just reconfirming im not mad.
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Got mine out 3 weeks ago.. feeling a little better already,,, thank GOD :)
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I've had the implant for almost 4 years now, had it replaced a year ago. I've loved it because it's stopped my periods which was a god send. But I have been struggling with depression and anxiety on and off for about 4 years and only now just realised they could be linked. Not sure what's worse though, on and off spells of, sometimes, severe depression or unbearable pms / horrific pain for at least 10 days a month.....
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hi everyone

iv had the implant for nearly three years, getting it taken out early before i go insane lol

i have a swollen left arm and elbow wher the implant is, im sure it has been moving too, constantly in pain, i feel anxious, nervous and constantly moody.
very tender painful breasts, brown coloured discharge.
completly lost my appetite, constantly needing a wee.

at first i thought i was expecting but turns out its a negative,

i get lower back pain feel like i cant stand up straight, my hair falls out.

im only20but i feel like im going on 40.

all i know is that once its out i defo wont be having it again.

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Ive been on he implant for nearly 3 months now.
I know how your feeling, this has messed with my hormones since the day i have had it really! My skin is terrible i know have acne at the age of 22 after going through my teenage years without one spot. I am also feeling really depressed, where im not motivated to do anything, i just want to stay in bed and not have to face the world. Thoughts have gone through my head thinking life would be better if i didnt have to live... now to have these thoughts is wrong especially where im a student and havnt really much to worry about. Im getting it removed in 2 days, so yeah i think having it removed is best for you!
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I'm sat here crying!

I, like many people on here have been thinking I was going or am insane.

I've had the implant for just over 2 years now. For the first year I didn't really have any problems and was delighted not to have a single period. The downside was the awful browny-red discharge and the occasional breast tenderness - now I come to think of it though I did put on a stone and a half but that's perhaps down to my age (I'm 22 now and less active than I was at 19).

In the past 6 months my periods have returned with a vengeance - painful period pains, back ache, mood swings, sore breasts, acne, mood swings, hot flushes, sweats, and the awful crying for no reason like a complete lunatic and a permanent terrible headache.

With a history of depression in the family I became a bit concerned but decided to start eating healthier, take more exercise etc but every 5 weeks or so my hormones would still go crazy, my mood would go from happy to miserable in seconds and when really bad I would want to just sit and cry - this happens too frequently and without warning!

I am visiting my doctor to have this implant removed and hopefully I will discover I don't have a personality disorder after all - I shall keep you posted. Maybe soon my poor boyfriend will be put out of his misery too!

Thank you very much to everyone for sharing their experiences and feelings on here - though it's not nice you're suffering it's good to know i'm not alone!
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things have just clicked in place from reading this site. I have had the implanon in since Feb 09. After a couple of months my partner and I started planning to move to the UK. I became moody and needy over time. When we got to the UK I put my anxiety and depression down to homesickness. However I stopped going out, I became unsociable. My partner who is the kindest easiest going man I have ever met and I began fighting...all the time. I am bitchy and mean. I started keeping a diary of things, my feelings and such, trying to work out what was wrong...I have horrible thoughts and fears of the future. I feel worried or uneasy a lot of the time and I sometimes have difficulty sleeping, which makes me tired
not being able to concentrate. I need constant reassurance from my partner. Call him all day. I have been on edge all day, I get like this a couple of times a month. Today I thought about the bar in my arm and googled does implanon cause depression (because I had heard talk of it) and found this site. I have rang the doctors and booked in to have the bar taken out. I can not wait.
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Hello!

Like many others, I'm really glad I found this forum. I got my Implanon taken out yesterday after having it in since early July. First I just had some spotting and some moody days, which was expected since I was (and still am) going through a hard time since my mother was diagnosed with cancer. The past month and a half, I've been having the worst anxiety and panic attacks. I haven't gone to school in a month. Every time I try to go out, I need to stay near a bathroom just in case the anxiety makes my IBS act up.

Even though the anxiety has gotten very bad the last month and a half, it has been growing slowly since I had it put in. I've never had these problems before. The most I would have is a nervous stomach which caused a lack of appetite, but it would go away. Now I'm stuck at home! I'm not myself anymore!

I'm going to have to take the SAT, my drive test, PLUS I am getting on a plane, all next month. Hoping to have very significant improvement by then.
Will post in a few weeks to update everyone!
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I had my first Implanon fitted 6 years ago. In the beginning it seemed fine but soon, after 6 months everything changed.
I started feeling really depressed an worried about my life and I started counselling. But after 6 sessions my counsellor concluded that I'd be all right on my own. After all, nothing was wrong... I had a great family, friends and a lovely boyfriend, did well at school and had a potentially great future ahead. But I knew something wasn't right, but I never put two and two together, I never realised it was the implant.

So after the first one ran out I had a new one fitted and that is when things started going really bad. I had my first panic attack and had to be rushed to hospital with suicidal thoughts, however, after seeing the doctor and having a chat about my general life he concluded it was probably nothing and that I should just go home. again, nothing was supposed to be wrong with me. I was active, healthy with great friends and family. But inside I felt as if my life was falling apart. At this point I left my boyfriend and moved to another country. I kept feeling like I needed a fresh start, but nothing I did seemed to make my situation better, in fact it just got worse and I started having suicidal thoughts. At this stage I had met a new guy and while I was in love it just did not seem right. I lost my temper a lot and became aggressive towards him. I became jealous and demanding and had terrible mood-swings and extreme ups and downs. Sides to me I had not seen before Implanon. I first tried to take my life with tablets while it wasn't successful it really but a huge dent in my confidence and I really started hating myself. Since I have tried taking my life on several occasions the worse being on my birthday two years ago when I tried hanging myself just ending up sobbing through the night, waking up the next morning feeling like a mad woman; as if my suicide attempts just had been a bad dream. Luckily my boyfriend stuck by me and although my behaviour was confusing him he always looked after me and made sure my attempts was always unsuccessful. When I started university 2 1/2 years ago I immediately sought counselling. I had a lovely counsellor she really helped me deal with a lot of issues such as being raped at the age of 13. While I think that this is an underlying issue for some of my problems I never felt that it explained fully what was going on with me. The worst for me was to never being able to predict what was going to happen, I could wake up feeling on top of the world only to fall into deep anxiety by midday. It is difficult to describe the exact emotion, but it was as if someone had stolen my ability to be happy and I was looking for the solution in all the wrong places, never being able to figure out what was wrong. I have had several low points. Attempting suicide on my 24th birthday one of them, but also trying to hang myself in the closet and often hitting my boyfriend in rage. I always felt so ashamed of what I had done the day after, but at that moment I was always unable to stop myself. It was driving me mad! I had withdrawn myself socially and started arguing with my family.

Finally, only 4 days ago my Implanon was running out and I went to have it removed. I was so scared because it might hurt, but the nurse was really good and I couldn't feel a thing. The first two days after it was out I felt really sick and joked to my boyfriend that I was having a 'cold turkey' my body just wasn't able to cope with it's own hormone levels. When I woke up on the third day after having it out it was as if I had travelled back 6 years in time. I felt like myself again. I am amazed with the change. I am laughing again and I have so much energy. I know it has only been a few days but the change is like night and day. I cant believe that the solution was so easy it just seems unreal that I have spent the better part of 5 years in a state of mental confusion trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I had said to my boyfriend that I never use to be this unstable, and now he will really be able to see what I meant. I feel like I have got my self back again and I cant wait to start enjoying life. The anxiety is blown away and I really hope this will see the end of my suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.

I am currently in my last year of my under graduate degree and have managed to get good results so far. With my life back I hope that I will head towards an exiting future.
I know that everyone is different, but I would really advice against Implanon. It is clearly having bad effects on so many women. I am glad that I am not the only one having gone through the same thing it makes me feel lots less crazy and just unfortunate to have spent such a long time feeling bad about myself.              
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I'm in the same vote.. i have had Implanon 3 months now and I really just thought I was just loosing my mind. I have had to fight myself to be happy, I've had terrible hot flashes almost making me feel like I'm about to faint, really bad back pain and headaches literally every day! And very gross dark brown periods with a terrible odor like every other day.. I'm defiantly sure after reading all of you peoples post this is my problem, and I'm going to get it removed!! Thank you all for your input!
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i am so happy i found this page. i had my implant placed 7 months ago..by the health department.. i work for a OBGYN who does not places these..due to different reasons... well i have had mine placed i have not had a period (which for me is great i think) but i have had more anxiety than i have ever had before.. my sex drive has went away.. i am on the verge of a divorce due to mood swings (my poor husband).. i feel as if my children drive me nuts over the smallest things.. i am depressed all the time.. i just feel empty inside.. i have always been a great person to be around until now..now i will definitely have it removed thank you for all your story's and letting me know that i am not the only crazy person for thinking it was my birth control.
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I'm 18 and just got married about 5 months ago and have had implanon for 8 months. During the first 3 months or so (right before my wedding!) I put on aout 5 pounds and was ALWAYS stuffing my face. I'm very small and so 5 pounds really did a lot to me. After my wedding I became very moody and experienced breathing problems and constant sore throat- which i still have. For the longest time I thought it was because of all the changes in my life- moving, getting a job, getting married, etc. but now I am 100% sure it's implanon. However, I don't want to get mine removed because I think it is doing a great job keeping me from getting pregnant- something I can't afford to do since we both are in college and both work to support ourselves plus we don't want a baby for about 6 years or so. So I'm wondering if there's a supplement anyone may know about? I know implanon doesn't have estrogen, so I think an estrogen supplement could help relieve depression, mood swings, and other side effects. I have read on other websites that having too much estrogen or too little (having too much progesterone) can cause anxiety problems. So I really think an easy solution to anyone having anxiety and depression and what not on implanon should consider taking an estrogen supplement. I just hope if I try this that nothing it won't effect how implanon keeps you from getting pregnant. Best of luck! If all goes well with my estrogen supplements, I will post back!
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I have the same issue.  I had implanon for 3 years, I had ALL the bad side effects except depression and anxiety.  Not until I had it removed in Oct 2010, I started feeling depressed in Dec. for no reason that soon turned into anxiety had no clue what was going on.  As the months went on I slowly started feeling normal butnot completely, now here I am Nov 2011 and the anxiety has come back strong.  I heard it takes a year or so to get back to normal but sheesh, what is going on.  HELP!!!!!!!
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Hi, reading everyone stories, makes me feel like im not alone. Im at the end of the 3rd year. My end date was 10/15/2011 and i still have the implanon in my arm, but dr.appts is not until 12/7/2011, and im going crazy. I have headaches, nausea, panic and anxiety attacks. I feel really depress  and overwhelm at times. I cannot wait to have this implanon removed and get back feeling like i use to. I dont think i will have it replace, the symptoms are crazy.
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Hi, Well i have had my second implant in for 8 months and it is the worst ever, my first impalnt seemed ok, but them in the 2nd year for a whole year i had a period for 3weeks every month, so thats why i had it change within 2years rather then 3. i was worried i become anemic but thakfuly was not.
i yet again have had 3 weeks worth of periods so i twice took a pill along side it whcih now i think is mad taking two lots of cover.
now i fin the pii along side it and jus had a 2week eperiod im havin it out next week now, then again it has stoped and i think oh shal i give it one more chance as my onlu option now is condoms i can have the coil but come on who whats that,
but i thoguht i was goin nuts but read on here abbou every one i also been havin panic attacks and not wanting to dress up or talk to any one. i do think if i dont have it out next week within in a month or two it will have a long period again so il end up havein it out the any way and evan jus havin the horrible side effects and not being me for three whole years is enough. i thank u all for your coments it has reminded me to get it out next week and stop giving it a chane after cance wen it want change and have gave it lol um 2yyears now to change.
good luk to all if any one would like to know i can let you know how i feel a month after having it out ahh im really happy now rol on next week.
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Iv had the same im lucky in life I have a very suportive husband who is loosing patients with me I have anxiety hightened stress and very low mood and crying a lot and Im really struggling to.loose weight  I think id prefer to take the pill than to continue with these feelings and put my family through these mood swings im vile and I dont know why im going to the doctors on monday to see about having it removed I thought it was such a good idea to have it at first but im seriously doubting this evil little thing in my arm il keep you posted so glad,i found this thread I thought it was me loosing my mind thank you guys hope,your,all ok has,any one else had theirs rdmoved and seen an improvement xx
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I am so glad that i have found this page. for months my family and long term bf have all commented that i always seem down and that i dont seem like the same person and i couldnt give an answer to why i feel like this. I have bad moods swings, get really touchy and snappy and i have distanced my self from almost every one. I had the implant put in over a year ago and it never dawned on me until today that this was the cause. it has totally changed me and i am no longer the outgoing, happy person i used to be. i always feel stressed and like i have the world on my shoulders. It has given me peace of mind reading your stories and i am definatly having mine taken out ASAP!!! thankyou guys xx
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I had the implanon inserted in July last year as like most i thought it was a good way to prevent pregnancy with my long term partner , im 29 years old.

I have felt like ive lost myself basically and almost lost my partner in the process !! ive had spots all over my neck ( i havent had a spot in years) ive felt severly depressed / empty / fed up had thought such as " what the point of living !!!" gone from enjoying a healthy sex life to practically non existant , ive been angry and worked up each minute of the day morning to nite , having such a short fuse has made me snappy / unable to deal with anything or cope ( i cried and punched the floor because i ran out of washing powder at least i knew why i was crying that day ) i had it taken out last week and can already feel a difference! not quite myself yet but only been 7 days ive already stopped feeling on the edge of a nervous breakdown and want to forget 2011 as if it didnt exist !!! DO NOT USE IMPLANON.
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I cannot even begin to tell you all about the hell I have been thru. I have not been myself for at least 8 months of a 10 month run on this implant. I have been short and just down right mean to my boyfiend and family - I had the most beautiful relationship ever - found THE love of my life and not wanting preg. made a decision to get the imlant - WORST decision I have ever made. I have been severly depressed and thoughts of NO self worth -wanted to die at many points. The thought of simple thigs overwhelmed me - laundry, dishes, cleaning the house. I began to withdraw from my friends, family, and things I once had passion about no longer seemed to matter......then it all came to a peak around Thanksgiving - I has always been full of energy - love - passion - happy and lighthearted and I was nervous, mean, I couldn't even stand myself and it seemed as though I couldn't even control my emtions.....needy - nothing seemed like it would make me happy.  I then began not being able to sleep - terrible anxiety and depression - all I could do was cry.  I called the clinic to have implant taken out and then wanted me to wait a week - I called back next day and demanded it OUT I felt like I was completely losing it........I only hope to get myself back - where I was .....who I was......I have been off the implant for approx. 1 week....I feel better - still not completely me - it comes and goes in waves and I am bleeding quite heavily right now. I know it will take time and I will keep you posted as to how things progress. All I know is that I wish so badly Icould go back in time and NEVER have this evil implant put in my arm - It turned my life completely unside down. I keep repeating to myself stay strong, stay positive one day at a time -
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ive had the implant 15mnth now. this is the worst thing i have ever done, since having the implant ive changed as a person. for the first 6 mnths i wanted to argue with everyone and anyone, i lost my partner almost immediately thanks to my terrible mood swings. anxiety - dont get me started about that! ive turned into a paranoid freak who accuses my new partner of everything and anything because im so anxious all the time, i feel like everyones out to get me!! i go through periods of severe depression, i have suicidal thoughts,i cant get out of bed, i toss and turn all night in bed, i have headaches frm hell, i feel like im having the menapouse and im early 30's! ive started with lower left side pain now, it cripples me at times. my new partner has been attacked by me more times than i care to mention, i cant control how i feel. ive been booked in to see a therapist because if i dont change i will lose him. then i found this sight...... and realised the source of my problems and let me tell u girls.. this implants coming out!!!!! SCREW U IMPLANT!!!!
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After reading every single one of these posts i am disturbed by them! I had the implant a few weeks ago only and i have turnt agressive towards my partner, i am anxious, i dont want to go out, i am either crying or screaming most of the day, and this is in just a few weeks, i can not believe the doctors and nurses do not warn you of these side affects and ive decided to take it furthur, i have already spoken to a few newspapers and im waiting to hear back, i think something needs to be done about this. I would love everyones support, please e-mail me at ***@****, to support me in this and tell me your story, it would be good to have a tally of people that have been experiencing these extreme side affects and maybe if i can get signatures from a large amount of women regarding this then the nhs will have to do something! This is ruining peoples life, and the majority seems to be young hopeful women with a good life, friends, partners, but then they have the implanon and its all just ripped out from under them!!! Lets do something about it!!!
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i have had iplannon nearly three years now ive never had anxity panic attacks before this med im having it removed made the appointment today this birth control is vary unfit and not recomendable what im woundering is what are the affects having iit took out will i start feeling better or worse before i gets better
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GET IT TAKEN OUT!!!!!!! honestly I was suffering from all the sideffecrs everyone mentioned, especially severe paranoia  around mine and my partners realtionship to the point where I nearly Lost everything.. IF YOURE HAVING DOUBTS.. Don't. Have it taken out.. You will start to feel like your self soon enough. Can't belive how much better I feel becuase it gone now.. It's like a weight has been lifted!! The thing is I had one for 3 years and was totally fine, had it replace and that's where the trouble started! So it's not all va .. But if you are feeling depressed, anxious, paranoid feeling outbid sorts and think it's the implant.. Take it out!!! hope everyone can feel like themselves again soon!! :D soo happy I do!  
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i had the implant put in about 2 months ago now and i can't believe the effects I'm so angry i didn't research further about this drug to avoid - depression, mood swings, no sex drive, non stop crying, hair loss and no sense of life.

Im your typical girl who before a period gets a little emotional etc but definately not these feelings all the time..............

after reading all these posts i can't wait to get the implant out.  Was interesting to read they do not offer this drug in the states due to the adverse effects and complaints from woman. It was too good to be true!
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Hi I have been on the inplanon for 16months. I have just come to terms that the inplanon makes me a different person to who I really am. My mood swings are terrible!! One min am all happy and in a great mood and the next my blood is boiling. I mainly take it out on my partner which has come to ur nearly spliting up. It makes me feel like am a total different person and not myself any more. I neva smile any more and I have a 18month old son. When I have a bad night or bad day am shouting at him and it makes me feel horrible :(. I haven't bleed once in the whole 16months. Which to mean is un natural. Xx .
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I have had the impant in now for 10 weeks. I have honestly never ever felt this bad. After moving away from home to go to uni, I have suffered several panic attacks, had severe mood swings,been extremely close to quitting something I was once really passionate about, going from being really happy to just crying all the time,had depression, lost all will in wanting to do anything, been insanly paranoid, had numerous sucicidle thoughts, passed out twice, lost complete interest in sex, my relationship is suffering from 10x more arguments over absolutly nothing, never been off my period and just not been myself at all. Before having the implant I was always such an optimistic person and since having the implant I feel it has made me that depressedand stressed it has made the past 2 months of my life an absolute misery. Strongly advise to get it taken the hell out!
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I have had the implanon for 4 yrs and  once i got my new one in after the 3 years (i have had the new one for a yr now) is when it it changed me to a completely different person the depression and anger and anxiety gets worse the longer you have it in. but i have learnt to deal with it up until now i think its about to break my relationship up because it is getting uncontrollable i get angry over the smallest things and cant help but lash out i got angry over my partner shaving his hair and we havent talked for 2 days now i never have energy to do anything, i have no concentration my mind just wonders, i get severe paranoia  around mine and my partners realtionship to the point when i give my self panaic attacks and start to throw up, i have suicidal thoughts im so depressed i have never been like this until my new implanon. My advice to anyone is TAKE IT OUT and if u are feeling these affect take it out im gettign mine taken out this week and hopefully these side affects wont stay around
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IMPLANT IS OUT NOW! YAY
UPDATE TO ALL

Hi all
I had mine removed last fri, and if I’m honest with you the dr don’t care one tiny bit how it made u feel so u have got to be the strong one and say look I will think of another way of  protecting my self from pregnancy, atthe end day this has got to come OUT.
As soon as it came out i felt like the whole world had gone from my shoulders and all the tightness off my heart which im guessing is panics attacks went within 2mins.
im really happy, i hardly fetl like i how no confidence no more its great. im still not me , and get upset when i think of what the implant did to me, i poke my arm sometimes and im like wow its out best thing i ever done in my life and never ever again would resort to that, please dont get the implant because you dont realise what it can do to u until ur in it and it to late it has messed u up. my best mate has this now and i pray to god she doesn’t get like me,i promised i will tell her if i see a change in her due to this thing.
also i like that idea of everyone talking to the papers about it, the docs tel you nothing about it they dont evan give u a leaflet they jus plonk it in ur arm and hope it dont make u moody  .( i say docs have crap training in this area for sure)
i know a dr personally they just had their training on the impalnt, i said oh i got that, their reply was yer u have no periods or a short lite one. i jus bit my tounge ok then lol they never had it jus read a book. Also b4 i had it removed my dr told me that the implant always meant to build u up for a period but ur not meant to actually have one, helllllo no wonder every one has  PMT 247 on it. thanx y dint u say that 3 years ago dr, its only when u really ask and corner them ha ha .
any way at least i can laugh that’s the main thing in life.
One thing I do wanna say is when I got home after having it out I had to think, ok who am I again? As u feel dif again its strange but it’s a good felling.
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Just wanted to check back in and let you know my progress since removal of implanon.  The longer I am off this bc the more i realize how it completely controlled my life and turned it upside down. It is still somewhat of a roller coaster ride of emotions. For the first week off of the implanon I did bleed and heavily for a couple of those days.....I do overall feel better - more like me. I had many days of tears and feelings of hopelessness - like I was hanging onto everything around me by a thread (for no real reasons either) I would take small things and in my mind heart and soul they would consume me and my emotions and I would be in tears - some of the tears were from feeling better and looking back at how I hurt, mistrusted, accused, let my self worth hit rock bottom.....how could I not see it more clearly,,,,,,the good days are starting to outweigh the bad days but they still come and go - I have two or three good "normal" days and then 1 or 2 in tears. I am sure my body is trying to find its natural cycle again and the residual amounts of the bc are working themselves out as well. This blog has helped me SO much I cannot even describe - there are times when those around me - even tho I have them read this don't really seem to understand the HELL I was living in and going thru......to hear your stories and read them gave me comfort that I was not losing my mind and I was NOT alone. I will keep posting back to you updating you my progress in hopes that it helps you as well - sincerely the worst decision I ever made - and it did turn my world upside down - I had sadness and tears at first about it - this is turning more into anger as time goes on - how can they allow this on the market - I know everybody is different - but I am not alone in my experience of having it turn upside down my life. All the best to each of you - you are not alone - I feel every ounce of your fear, sadness, and frustrations - I can conclude with this: once out - my head felt more clear, the anxiety subsides and the emotional rollercoaster, lack of sleep and paranoia gets to be less and less each and every week......there is a light hang in there and I will keep posting my progress (had mine taken out the day before Thanksgiving)
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Hi everyone, can I just start by saying how much my heart goes out to all of you who are having depression through the evil implants, as I call them.
My fience is having the same problem but until a few days ago through research and google searches I am 99.9% sure it's down to the implnon
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Hi everyone, can I just start by saying how much my heart goes out to all of you who are having depression through the evil implants, as I call them.
My fience is having the same problem but until a few days ago through research and google searches I am 99.9% sure it's down to the implanon implant as she is having the same issues as you guys.
At 1st we put it down to stress but the feelings as she puts it got worse to the point of dispare!
A week ago she was practerely saying her good buys to me due to the depressive site of her mind.
The last month has been hell, she has 4 kids one is mine and we are very worried about her.
I have seen depression but not on this scale, she is also agitated like you wouldn't believe,
I made a stand and went over her head and spoke to her GP, he said he thinks it's nothing to do with the implant as he has never seen it cause depression, and said she can have the implant taken out but will be on a waiting list, cheers!!!
I looked into it further and found a sex clinic local to us who can take it out tomorrow.
I just can't believe her GP didn't look into this further as it seems to be a big prob and a unrecognised one and if it is down th the implant she and all the family have suffered due to a crap nhs system, and a uneducated GP who seems to only go by the book and just throws pills at you
Good luck to all of you and I'll keep up to date if I can x
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Hello again! This is an update.
It has been about 3-4 weeks since I've had my Implant taken out, and I am doing MUCH better. I've been able to go out and not have to take a xanax and drown my bowels in Pepto. Things are getting much better. Just hang in there and you will eventually get back to normal after you get it taken out. I'm still having a few issues, but it's like the world has been lifted off of my shoulders since I've had it taken out.

I will be getting on a plane on Saturday (2 days from now). It is a BIG accomplishment, considering I couldn't even take my dog for a walk 3 weeks ago without freaking out. Hopefully I will be able to go back to school and finish my senior year. I'll keep updating, and hopefully soon I will be 100% normal!
Happy Holidays to all!
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My story:I Love my very patient husband!! He's put up with me and my changes to hi-anxiety, depression & couples therapy after our separation. We separated Aug2010 due to my intense mood swings and paranoia that were the culprits of all of our arguments. My 2 teen children even told me I had changed. I distanced myself, hated my job,hotflashes,low-esteem,insomnia, cried like no other! I even got taken away in an ambulance Jan 2011 after running away from home because my husband had called KaiserHealth helpline whom then called the police whom called that ambulance because I overdosed on random meds. I spent a whole day in the hospital with Security watch. All this happened without knowing why! Not even my therapist...whom blamed it on my OCD. Until...my OB/Gyn appt, he saw my med history showing my past suicide attempt and my Rx of Zoloft. He told me it was due to the Implanon. What??? All along (since Mar2009)this Implanon was the culprit while I beat myself up thinking I was crazy! WTH? I have a hysterectomy schdld on Dec 23rd. I'm done w birth control. I'm 38, but feel like 80 due to my miserable symptoms on this thing! I thank those of you whom have shared,read this and esp those whom have reported back after taking that $h..it out. I'll report back after recovery mid-Jan. Take care. CTG  
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Hey it's me again! And all I can say is I SO SO SO SO much BETTER - happy dancing here!!! I am ME again! Ladies be patient and kind to yourself......you are under the influence of some NASTY mind/emotion altering garbage! My heart goes out to each of you - sincerely - the living nightmare you are experiencing. It will go away once it is out....may take a month or so - but you do get YOU back.   I have not had my first "normal" period yet - should be any day here.....tap, tap, tap.......but my mood swings, tears, lack of self worth, suicide thoughts paranoia are ALL gone. My sleep is slowly getting better - I did get some lorazepam to help with that for a few weeks.....I believe that helped greatly because even a normal balanced person with lack of sleep can be challenging. I did notice my hair falling out and dry as well as others stated....I guess that will take some time to grow back - lol but I can deal with that! I am the strong, outgoing, loving, woman. partner, mother friend that I once was but the darkness I experienced will NEVER be forgotten.......I will keep spreading the word to others out there about my experience in hopes to help.....My Dr. (like others) did not want to take it out - because of cost and that I only had it for 11 months......you know your body ladies and you have every right to demand it out....or find someone that will take it out.....she wanted to put me on antideprsants to counteract....I say why more chemicals in my system - if a fire alarm is going off you don't wet a towel and put it over it to silence it - you get out!!!! Stay strong and get support - it DOES get better!  Again for those who follow this I had mine removed the day before Thanksgiving....best gift to myself - so THANKFUL! <3
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Hey it's me again! And all I can say is I SO SO SO SO much BETTER - happy dancing here!!! I am ME again! Ladies be patient and kind to yourself......you are under the influence of some NASTY mind/emotion altering garbage! My heart goes out to each of you - sincerely - the living nightmare you are experiencing. It will go away once it is out....may take a month or so - but you do get YOU back.   I have not had my first "normal" period yet - should be any day here.....tap, tap, tap.......but my mood swings, tears, lack of self worth, suicide thoughts paranoia are ALL gone. My sleep is slowly getting better - I did get some lorazepam to help with that for a few weeks.....I believe that helped greatly because even a normal balanced person with lack of sleep can be challenging. I did notice my hair falling out and dry as well as others stated....I guess that will take some time to grow back - lol but I can deal with that! I am the strong, outgoing, loving, woman. partner, mother friend that I once was but the darkness I experienced will NEVER be forgotten.......I will keep spreading the word to others out there about my experience in hopes to help.....My Dr. (like others) did not want to take it out - because of cost and that I only had it for 11 months......you know your body ladies and you have every right to demand it out....or find someone that will take it out.....she wanted to put me on antideprsants to counteract....I say why more chemicals in my system - if a fire alarm is going off you don't wet a towel and put it over it to silence it - you get out!!!! Stay strong and get support - it DOES get better!  Again for those who follow this I had mine removed the day before Thanksgiving....best gift to myself - so THANKFUL! <3
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hi everyone. I had my 2nd implant removed after 18months the 1st one i can't say i even noticed an affect but lookin bak Altho i woz havin problems got depressed stressed cried a lot and Put it down to the situations i woz i only realised the implant woz messin me up recently. No bad situations job good home life good. Wish i had a boyf but that doesn't get me down. Even the weight gain which woz and stil is hard to shift didn't get me down. Yes the docs were reluctant to take it out as they tell yu your body has to get used to it. But for the past 4.5yrs i realise this little plastic rod woz destroyin me. My hair brittle and never grew moodiness almost lost my job as snapped at people crying bed days, as in i got in after work Fri and never left until Monday morning. Its been 10 days and i felt an instant lift non of that clamped head feelin I've been experiencin! However I've had a couple of low days where i can't muster the energy to go outside. I can't decide what to wear so stay in. But honestly the implant isn't right for women. I think its bad that we're the Ones requesting the implant but docs dnt want to take it early. Its been a wake up call about the crap We put in our bodies that We dnt need.
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Well it's me again.......I wish others would post back more their experiences once the implanon is removed. I thought I was out of the dark.... it has been a rollercoaster ride. I will have 3-4 good days followed by a couple days of what feels like hell......this is so frustrating, not only for me but those around me. I know the good is outweighing the bad but I am still not myself all the time. I still have days where I am needy and crying (which before this implant would not happen to me - I was always able to handle my own and I feel so out of sorts) Still getting anxiety and lack of sleep is terrible.......ugh! I have spotted some again.....I did get my period right after stopping, and another one about 29 days out from that and the days surrounding it were very trying.I went back to my GP yesterday and she is checking some labs for thyroid, vitamin D def. and a general health profile. This has had such a huge effect on my life - personally, my children, my relationship with my sig. other, my job - MY LIFE!!!! I will keep posting back in hopes to help others. I know our bodies are all different - but this has been some of the most challenging and upsetting months of my life (I am 40 and I have lived life - ups and downs of it all and coped just fine as a storng, beautiful, giving, loving woman and mother.......What frustrates me most is even with trying to keep a positive outlook the hormones take over and consume me - the tears, anxiety, lack of sleep, needy......At least I am having some good days again......just want all of me back - FULL TIME!!!  
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help me please
i got the implonon in like 8 or 9 months ago and i have a constant bleeding and hormoans are crazy and idk what to do constant fainting im s scared
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i am exactly the same ive had mine in now for about 5 months & im at the point where i would chop my own arm off than have this in, im wanting to leave my boyfriend because of my mood swings when to be honest i really dont because i love him, my hormones are every where, i dont know when my next period is going to be and they always kill me when i do have them, and it can leave me in bed for days because the pain is unbareable i rarely know anything about the implant i just had it because its in for 3 years and you dont have to remember anything i totally regret having this in as it has had a major impact on my life, i have gained so much weight my spots are attrocious so i am considering having it out but would this be an option?
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I've had the implant for nearly 4 months and am recently going through awful mood swings, depression and panic attacks. It started over xmas, I was super excited about spending xmas with my boyf and had been planning it for ages, then one day almost like a light switch I just wasn't excited, just lay in bed exhausted and bitter which is so not like me. I started panicking that my relationship was the problem but I had no idea why. I lost my appetite, had no drive and just cried all the time. Then I started having panic attacks so severe I was tempted to call an ambulance. Then I realised I'd had my first period since the implant and it suddenly hit me, could it be the implant? I did a lot of research and found this board and we all have the same symptoms! My hair has also gone extremely thin. At times I've just cried uncontrollably and had scary dreams. I went to the doctor and she told me it couldn't be the implant (im sure the doctors work on commission for the pharmaceutical companies to put as many women on them as possible) anyway I've been put on citalopram but I refuse to let the doctor convince me its all in my head.  At first I put on weight and now cos of the anxiety I've lost over half a stone in less than a week. My life feels hopeless but I have forced fpc to take it out next week. After that I will keep reporting back :) scuse the long post but I had to vent! Stay strong girls. Xxx
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Oh yeh and this period is awful...my first one for four months. Horrible clots of brown blood/ discharge (sorry bout the yuckyness) then it looks like its gone....then it comes back AAAAARRRGGGHHH if I didn't have a lovely family and boyfriend, I would jump off a bridge!! Trying to force down some food as we speak :( READ THE SIDE EFFECTS BEFORE YOU GET THE IMPLANT!!
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I'v had the implant for about 18 months now and I have worsening anxiety panic attacks and depression. And for the past 3 months I have had constant fainting, i even spent a week in hospital while they ran various tests on my heart, and they found nothing. I'm thinking of having my implanon removed to see if it is causing my fainting. It is really debilitating and I can't go to uni or out on my own. You aren't alone.
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i had this dam thing 3 yrs now feel like poop  all the time dont want to go outside the thought even make me so freak out i want to crul up in a ball and cry i got out a gun the other night i was realy gonna to do it but the thought of my daughter just having her dad stop me and i snap out of it for a min but was cry still for hours  i normal have a fun bubbly metal state everyone like to be around me cuz when there sad i makle them smile now i just bring them down i blow me friends off always  ive notce i walk around with a stick up my butt  spo up tight i dont even want to be around me  i feel my self gettin mad and still thinkin y im i mad they were jokin but i cant stop my self from yellin  i distace my self from my daughter cuz i dont want to be mean to her whitch in turn makes me cry every night  i have sighn of ocd whitch freaks me out cuz im normal a laid back person just wanted to have fun i hate myself and i freak out my hubby so much he dosent want to be around me ive started drinkin every night it makes me sick to look in the mirror in the morin and know one will listo to me they think im just being silly ind im just a b****h now  im glad to hear im not alone in this and im not just being  silly  im not crazy  my hubby wants to put me in a nut ward  i tghink ill get this dam thing out
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Hello all, I've posted before but I'm back.  My HELL starts at  the second year of having this crap in (Nov2007-Nov2010).  I had all the other negative side-effects associated with this thing, except anxiety and depression.  It wasn't until after I had it taken out did that start.  It was Dec 2010 a few weeks after I had it out.  I started feeling depressed, had no clue what was going on, then came the anxiety.  I thought I was losing my mind.  After months of praying, researching, and forums like this I figured out what was going on.  I've felt better on and off since then, but I'm not back 100% yet.  It's been a year and I believe my hormones are still jacked up.  I refuse to take medicine (for more side effects).  I know it just takes time but this is sooo frustrating.  I'll report back in a few weeks.  Prayers for all!!!!!!
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Wow...this is unbelievable.  I have had the implanon implant for almost 2 years, and have not been able to hold on to a relationship for longer than 6 months.  Before that, I had no problems...2 relationships lasting two or more years each.  Now, it seems like no matter what my significant other does, he is wrong.  I get so angry with him for stupid, petty things.  I never really considered the implant as the reason for this trend, but it's really the common denominator.  Depression, anxiety which leads to jealousy and anger...I'm getting this thing out immediately!  I would rather have another baby than live the rest of my life angry!  I'm sorry that so many others are dealing with this horror, but glad that I'm not alone and glad that I've gotten it figured out.
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Just got back from having my implant removed! Phew that was traumatising. Even after 4 months of it being in, my arm had formed a capsule around it so she had to cut quite deep and pull pretty hard (these things are a bloody nightmare on all levels!) Don't feel different mentally but the nurse said the progesterone will leave my body in a few days. Feel relieved now its out but only time will tell if it was the implanon or just me losing the plot! I'll report back if anything changes! Xx
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This is CrazyTG again.  I've had my partial hysterectomy as well as the Implanon removal done in the same day.  After reading charliehollyrebekah's testimonial, I'm glad I was under anethesia or I would have had an anxiety attack right there!!  It's been 3 weeks now and I can say that I feel better now, more happy and willing to see others and talk and laugh again.  I know that after the 1st week, I was not doing well, as I fought with my husband, trashing my room and regrettably, my son had to help out to make me calm down.  Had my son not stepped in, I may have hurt myself especially since I just had a surgery!!  All my reason goes out the window...I cried afterwards like no other with such remorse!! I truly hope that was my last episode.  I'm kind of worried, but will be patient and give it more time to attest to my behavior patterns improving.  I'm still on Zoloft, so maybe that is helping me.  However, the side effect from that is memory loss.  I can't remember things as well anymore.  I mean I had a great picture memory!  Now I stuggle to remember things.  I take Vitamin B Complex to also help with the lethargic side effect from Zoloft as well.  My Dr has retired so I will have to wait for another to help ween me off of the Zoloft.  Then I will really know if I can be truly normal again.  I have warned my friends on Facebook against Implanon.  Now that I am feeling better, I also want to write to the FDA and encourage ALL in the FORUM to WRITE to the FDA to report your symptoms.  Especially, so they can add these side effects and potential remove it from the market altogether.  I'd say, let's go for a Class Action suit against Implanon!! ~SincerelyCrazyTG
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I am with you on filing a class action suit - how do we get this started? I have had enough - It has effected me, my children, my job and my relationship. FRUSTRATED and comletely fed-up. It's been almost 2 months for me since I had it removed and I still get episodes of anxiety and depression (extremely needy and question my stability in my relationship - why is insecurity such a common thread in many posts - I have never questioned any relationship I have been in - I have always been confident and whatever life would bring my way - so be it attitude), my lack of sleep is getting better - never before have I had these symptoms.......never have I felt so helpless....one thing if I know: I could handle the anxiety if it was me and life circumstances - but this is like hormones that are out of controll and at times I don't know what going on....I feel for everyone out there effected by this - It is time to stand up and make a difference!
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3 days since I've had it out and I feel more like myself again! I'm not 100 percent yet but I woke up for the first time without a racing heartbeat and sickness in my stomach. I'm actually looking forward to things and managed to eat a mcdonalds (it was only a happy meal but still!) Which is a big step forward cos I lost nearly a stone from depression. Managed to go out to the pub (panicked a bit but not a lot) I had my first period not being on synthetic hormones and it was heavy and painful but that's cos I've been on some form of contraceptive since I was 15 and I'm now 25. I'm gna give my body a break from fake hormones for a couple of months and just use condoms which my boyf is very supportive of! I'm so happy I could cry (happy tears not sad tears!) I'll keep reporting back :) as I'm getting better! Xxxx
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I'm so glad I have found this
I thought it was just me..... Iv had mine in for 10 months I'm 21 years old the last time I went out with my friends was just before I had it fitted I feel like I'm being forced to go out for my 22nd as I'd rather not as per it's totally changed me as a person
I never no when am due on when I do come on it's for about a day
Then two weeks before I do come on I'm the most unreasonable horrible high rate paranoid nervous miserable person i cant control myself my moods my emotions i can just flip at the slightest thing and cause the the biggest row or i can just break down and cry at the slightest thing im terrible i mean when I finally do come on it's such a relief I can act like a normal person for a few days and before I know it I'm back to an insane person I feel for my partner as everything is his fault n he is such a saint for putting up with me
Iv put about two stone with the implant my skin it terrible with spots and sensitivity my partner can't even kiss me now with out his stubble giving me a terrible rash and where as before I had this implant I couldn't complain about my skin one bit
I got the odd spot wen I was due on but that was it I could use any product and nothing would effect me
After reading everyone elses posts its made my decision I NEED IT OUT!
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Am so glad i found this forum. I have too been suffering from depression and have no sex drive. It's horrible. My whole life has been affected. Am having mine taking out next month and I can't wait. I will update after mine is out.
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I was a happy and bubbly girl but turned into an anxtious mess. I had the implant inserted a year and half ago and ever since then I have been nonstop dizzy and light headed and constant bleeding. This then turned into anxiety and a was a nervous reck, me and my family tried everything to find the reason why I was like this.
So I got my implant removed 2 days ago and I already feel so much better, 3 days ago I was on the verge if crying all the time, but now I couldn't even try and cry if I wanted to. I feel so much happier.
Also when I had the implant inserted it rapidly decreased my sex drive, which seems silly because that's the reason why I had it done :L !
I strongly recommend not inserting the implant.  
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WOW! Why didnt we all notice these coincidential symptoms earlier????
I have had mine in 2 and a half years, it was ok in the beginning to be honest, I was getting madder and madder at my boyf of the time, but just put that down to hating him and being down, although that seems blurry now........... It is the last 6 months that have really killed me though, I have developed an AWFUL social phobia, I start panicking if I catch a stranger catch eye with me, I panic when paying at the cashier when I am doing a weekly shop, it made me quit my job coz i couldnt face customers!!!!!!!!!!
......Not to mention the anxiety, fast heart beat, sleeplessness that I am suffering. Before reading this I actually got myself in touch with a councellor thinking I was going mad. and now I am going back on that and booking myself a consultation at the clinic to GET RID OF THIS THING!!!

Just wana say thanks to all of you for wising me up!!
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