Nexplanon Experience Two Weeks Post Insertion

It's time for me to give you the very first update on Nexplanon. Nexplanon is a birth control implant that goes into your arm. It las...

It's time for me to give you the very first update on Nexplanon.
Nexplanon is a birth control implant that goes into your arm. It lasts for 3 years, but it can be removed sooner. It's over 99% effective. 
I go into detail about the procedure, my symptoms and I included pictures of what my arm looked like after removing the bandages. Just a warning that I explain everything, even about my periods since insertion, so if it's TMI, you might not want to read.
I had been contemplating switching my birth control method for a couple of years now. I've been on birth control pills since I was 17, so I was on them for 11 years. I originally started taking the pill because I would get extremely painful, debilitating cysts on my ovaries every month or two. Birth control pills were the temporary solution for that, and it kept them away for the most part. After starting the pills, I would only get the cysts about once per year.
After 11 years, I've become extremely tired of taking a pill every single day. I was starting to forget it, meaning I would take it late or I'd miss a day completely, and that's not what I want. So, I started looking for alternatives and after doing a ton of research, I settled on Nexplanon.
Let's talk insertion.
I was seriously scared of having it inserted into my arm. Despite having 8 piercings and approximately 20 tattoos, I'm absolutely terrified of needles. Luckily, the entire process took less than 1 minute. First, she wiped the inside of my upper arm with an alcohol wipe and gave me a shot to numb my arm. I won't lie, that shot was killer; seriously painful. However, after about 3 seconds, that part of my arm was totally numb. The implant itself is inside of a device used to place it. It's like a second shot, but you don't feel it. Inserting the implant took less than 10 seconds, and all I could feel was the pressure of the device on my arm.
After it was inserted, she had me feel the inside of my arm to find the implant, then she bandaged it. A small surgical bandage is placed first that stays on for 72 hours. Then a larger pressure bandage is placed that stays on for at least 24 hours but no more than 48. This bandage holds the implant in place and prevents it from moving so it has an easier time healing.
Aftercare:
You need to leave the pressure bandage on for whatever length of time your doctor recommends. Mine told me to leave it on for 24 hours. The other bandage stays on for 72 hours. You must keep the area dry. After 72 hours, you can remove the bandage. I'll show a picture below of what it looked like immediately after removing the bandages. At this point, the bruising had began turning yellow and fading, so you can't see much of that.
Nexplanon Implant Experience
Healing Time:
I took off the bandages at the appropriate time, however, I regularly kept normal band aids on it until it healed, because I found that after 72 hours mine hadn't healed as much as I had hoped. It is a puncture wound after all. After getting it done, it was super sore. My whole arm was achy for the first day, but after that, it only hurt if I accidentally bumped it. It did bruise and swell quite a bit, but that was to be expected.
It's been 15 days since I had Nexplanon inserted, and it's healed at this time. I have a small scar that appears to be slowly fading as well. I can feel the implant in my arm, so I know everything is good in that aspect. I return to the doctor at the end of May to have it checked out and to make sure everything is okay.
Here's what it looks like now:
Birth Control Implant
Symptoms:
This has been a rough 2 weeks if I'm being honest. My period was due to start the day of insertion, but since I had the implant inserted it didn't. 3 days later, it started randomly and lasted for 3 days. It was very, very light. Since, I've been spotting pretty much every day. I was told that for the first 8 weeks this is normal and not to worry about it. She told me to work through it and after 8 weeks my body should be fully adjusted to the implant, so that's what I'm doing.
Other symptoms I've had are mood swings, headaches and I always feel hungry. So, I'm hoping within 8 weeks that will pass as well.
Cost:
Since this is something I was also concerned about, I thought it best to include the price. Most insurance will cover 100% of the procedure, as mine did. However, if you're uninsured, expect to spend around $1200. 
I'll post another update after my doctor appointment in May and then I probably won't do another update until around October, at the 6 month mark.
I recommend doing your own research before jumping into it. There are many, many things to consider. I'll happily answer any questions that I can, just leave them in the comments or e-mail me if you don't want someone else to be able to see your question. 
For more info, go to Nexplanon's website.
Thanks for reading!
xx

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  1. I had my nexplanon inserted on April 20th started my first period since having it inserted on May 5th I'm praying it doesn't last 8 weeks.

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