So, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little twisted.
I went to Planned Parenthood today for an appointment regarding my birth control. I’ve been using various forms of hormonal BC for about five years now. I started with oral pills and then switched to Implanon in 2010 when I was working overnight shifts and discovered just how bad I am at remembering to take pills. I was (very) sexually active at the time, with a guy I thought I was going to marry, so I did my research and settled on Implanon for my new BC. When I had mine inserted, it was done with a large bore needle under the skin on the inside of my left arm.
Well, after three years, the implant has to come out. It can be replaced if you want it to.
I had mine replaced today. The way that they remove it is by palpating the area to find the implant, marking the location, and then giving a shot of local anesthetic before making a tiny incision. They put a small amount of pressure on the other end of the implant to see if it’ll come out on its own, or if they need to cut through scar tissue. The end of mine popped right out, which made the nurse practitioner happy. Since it was about an inch and a half long, she used forceps to pull it the rest of the way out. I had watched her remove it and was slightly amused at the way my skin pulled when it finally came out.
Since I was having another put in, she gave me some more Lidocaine and then put in the new one. It was Nexplanon, but it’s identical to Implanon. The funny thing was that when she put it in, I looked at the thing she was using and the first thing that popped into my mind was a stapler or staple remover. Also, it was purple and white.
I absolutely love Implanon and have had no problems with it whatsoever. So now I’m set until 2016 for birth control, and it was an interesting procedure to watch.