Nexplanon The Nightmare | One Year Update

Nexplanon is a birth control implant. It's about the size of a match stick that is implanted into the inside of your arm. It lasts for ...

Nexplanon is a birth control implant. It's about the size of a match stick that is implanted into the inside of your arm. It lasts for 3 years and it is a hormonal form of birth control.
I did an initial post about Nexplanon soon after I had it inserted. In that post, I discussed the insertion, prep, healing time, as well as the side effects during the first month. I had planned on writing multiple posts about this and keeping regular updates, but to be honest, I decided to hold off because it has not been fun and I wanted to give it the time it needed to balance out and see if things improved.
Nexplanon Review
So, here we are 13 months post insertion. I have a doctor appointment next month to have it checked out and to discuss how well it's working out for me with my doctor which will be an interesting conversation. But, let's discuss this thing.
Warning. This is detailed. If you're not about the girly monthly business, gtfo. 
I've been on hormonal birth control for almost 14 years. Until I had Nexplanon, I always took the pill. I decided to get Nexplanon because I have really terrible migraines and the medication I take for them reacts with the birth control pill, but it doesn't affect the implant. Plus, one less pill every day is nice. This plan seems to have backfired because Nexplanon gives me more migraines. Yay.
That's just the beginning of the Nexplanon fun times.
I mentioned in the original post the horrifying details of spotting and irregular periods. Well, that has escalated. My first real period on Nexplanon lasted for 9 weeks. It stopped for 2 weeks, then went again for 3 more. Then, I didn't have one for 2 months. I had a normal period and I thought it had straightened itself out but NOPE. Two weeks later, another 2 month long period with 1 week off and straight into another normal period. Then, I had a week off. Then, another period that lasted 6 weeks and here we are. It stopped last night. 
Not only is this frustrating and seriously screwing with my life but it's damn expensive. Oh, and the PMS symptoms haven't stopped. At all. Since the first period. The migraines, bloating, cramping, mood swings, depression, tiredness, achiness...it's constant. 
I've been an emotional wreck for the past year and even though I haven't talked about it on here yet, (it's coming), I majorly struggle with anxiety and depression so it's been great. 
Let's talk about some other symptoms.
My hormones are messed up, clearly. It's obvious by how my periods are going but I have struggled with acne over the past year. I don't just mean a few pimples, I mean, full on acne all over my chin and jaw. Nothing I try to do completely clears it up, but I have found things that help a little.
My hair is falling out. Not all of it, but a lot. I used to have really thick hair but it's really thin and dry and just breaks off now.
My nails won't grow. They're the same as my hair. They're weak, brittle and just break.
I can't lose weight.
This is the hardest one for me to deal with, honestly. I've struggled with my weight for a long time. Over the past year I've kept track of what I eat and I know how much I'm eating, what I'm eating and what should be happening but I absolutely can't lose weight and I know it's Nexplanon, at least partially.
So, as you can see, Nexplanon is doing great things for me. I'm discussing the option of having it removed with my doctor in just a few weeks. Birth control pills won't work with my migraine medication but I'll have to find another means because I can't deal with Nexplanon. It's just not working out.
That's my honest review and experience with Nexplanon. Everyone is going to have a different experience because it's going to react differently with everyone. But, I still wanted to write this about mine because I think it's important for people to know how it reacts with other people and when I got the implant there was literally no information available from other people because it's fairly new.
Thanks for reading!

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