Lets Talk About The Contraceptive Implant

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I used to have a post on my experience with the contraceptive implant first time round on my old, well forgotten blog - but now, there needs to be an update. It was always one of my more popular entries, as no doubt people trawl Google for answers post-implant - or even advice before getting it inserted, so I believe it's incredibly important to again keep a note of my own experiences.

Obviously, this is the most personal I've ever been on my blog and while it is a private matter I think the importance of this issue (or rather, these issues) need to be mentioned for those who want to consider having the implant fitted. I know these are two issues in a sea of successful implant experiences, but they're enough to turn me off permanently.

Six years ago, I had my first implant fitted. It was convenient and fuss free - and actually stopped my cycle completely so I had complete freedom every day of the year. Not everyone has that, but I certainly did and I enjoyed it!

When it came to removal some time in 2014/2015, I quickly regretted having it fitted. As I lay down on the bed with a nurse injecting the site with a local anaesthetic, it wasn't bad. I couldn't feel a thing, so anticipated a quick removal with no problems. Unfortunately, after half an hour of attempting to wrestle the implant out of the muscle it had knitted itself with, the three family planning nurses had to fetch a GP to make the incision bigger and retrieve the pesky thing once and for all. Like I said, I couldn't really feel anything - but the trauma happened as she managed to pinch the implant in her tweezers and yank. I mean, full on pulling-a-turnip-out-of-the-ground yank. Imagine watching a Doctor play tug of war with my arm and you had something similar to what I was witnessing.

It came out of my arm with a 'plip' noise, and I left the surgery 50 minutes after I had laid down on the chair for removal with a big bandage and some bigger bruises. I swore to never, ever have the implant again.. Alas, the convenience of having no periods was too much of a good thing and I found myself having it fitted once more with no problem in 2015.

On the 30th of January 2017, I had a tumble down our stairs and caught the implant site, which caused so much pain I felt quite sick afterwards - no bruising or swelling, it was just.. Sore. A burning feeling under my skin. I made an appointment to see someone about having it removed as this wasn't the first time I had caught it, especially in my hands on work now. It just isn't viable. Unfortunately, it didn't quite go to plan.

The nurse said I had to have an assessment before removal, and then the removal appointment could be anything from three to four weeks - not quick enough when my arm was so painful. I explained my problem no no avail, and left telling her I'd have to go to A&E with it instead. Thankfully she had a change of heart and called me back a few seconds later, taking me to a Doctor to have the site examined properly. It was so painful when they did examine it, and sure enough - something wasn't right! I'd obviously caught my implant at a bad angle, as it wasn't in one piece anymore. I personally think it has had issues for a while as this isn't my first time with discomfort, but the pain with this incident was too much.

The Doctor recognised it had to come out, and booked me in as an emergency two days later, in a hospital out of our catchment area. It was the only one with a specialist who could have a look at what was going on, and remove it completely.

That's tomorrow, and I'm so anxious about the appointment as my mind keeps reminding me of my previous experiences.. I'll be making another post about this as a follow up after my appointment tomorrow, but I have to admit writing about this today certainly has made a difference in my mood!


Today we travelled to the specialist, for the removal of the problem implant. This part of the post is rather graphic but again, I feel I need to be completely transparent.

I anticipated a horrendous removal, but actually it went rather smoothly. I went in and updated the Doctor on how I had found the time between my last visit - my arm was hot, painful and very uncomfortable. She quickly recommended my next route of birth control and then got me onto the bed. When she injected the local anaesthetic, she drew the needle out of my skin and I immediately felt trickles down my arm. Being a little squeamish, I didn't look right away - but it caught my eye when she went to get a nurse as my arm went numb.

Yellow liquid was running down my arm, but.. It was feeling better. Pressure was being relieved - that, and the local anaesthetic was making everything numb! When she came back she acknowledged the yellow goo, before getting to work as the nurse distracted me. The implant came right out for her, as well as a lot of fluid - I guess my body was attempting to heal itself around the implant, but instead it caused a build up of gunk which was pushing on an already sore implant site.

That was a good 12 hours ago now, and my arm feels almost back to normal again - a little sore from the incision, but much better than it was. I've gone down the pill route for contraception, much less hassle for me at the moment and I don't think I'll want to be endorsing the implant any time soon. It just isn't for me!

Become A Tiger Protector With The WWF

Sunday, January 29, 2017

* I was sent this book to review.

What would you do if you opened your door on a stormy night, and discovered one of the worlds most majestic animals cowering on your doorstep needing help? Megan will be finding out tomorrow, thanks to @iChildUK and the @WWF_UK. The WWF are fighting the cause for our striped friends - while tiger numbers in the wild are increasing (there are around 3,900 accounted for) they still need our on going protection from poachers, illegal body part traders and tiger farms.

Get £75 Worth Of Free Lusum Rugby Balls For Your School

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It isn't a secret that I work in a primary school. I adore my work, and any chance I get to give back to the school and community that have made me feel so at home I do. When Sports Ball Shop got in contact with me about providing some resources I jumped at the chance!

First Impressions Of NCC Home Learning - I'm Going Back To School

Sunday, January 22, 2017

* I have been allowed to study in return for posting about this
NCCHomeLearning, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, HLTA, Home Learning, Course, Qualification, Teaching, Primary School, Job, Profession, Lifestyle Blogger, LavenderLemonade.net, Lavender Lemonade

Earlier this week, I embarked on a new adventure. An adventure I only had the opportunity to explore, through my love of writing and vlogging.

Products That Work For My Psoriasis

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I'm sharing some of the products I've found that are working for my Psoriasis right now - due to the cold weather and some other factors, mine has flared up and during these times it is incredibly difficult to manage and deal with while working full time and so on. Obviously, these work for me. They might not be suited to everyone, and while I'm sure everyone has their own set of holy grail products I'm so thrilled I've managed to settle on my own set.

Lets talk about soap first. I know I'm about to break the first rule of blogging, but I have to be straight with you. I use soap on my face to remove makeup. The soap I use is the Dove Beauty Bar (original - something about the scent fills me with memories from home), and while I lather and rinse three times in all - I wouldn't have it any other way. I suffer breakouts, yes, but only when I know other factors have impacted on me. My skin isn't dry - the only time it does get dry on my face is when I have a cold or if I'm feeling lazy and I use a face wipe. I went through the whole oil, micellar water and cleansing thing but the best thing I've used is the Dove Beauty Bar, with some Kiss The Moon Facial Oil before bed.

My Cooking Confession..

Monday, January 09, 2017

Over Christmas, I had an e-mail which made me feel incredibly foolish - one of my bad habits is disposing of fat and grease down the plug hole. No mess and easier, right? I even add hot water to make sure it doesn't stick and cause problems.. But that isn't good enough. I myself have been contributing to something dark and dismal lurking beneath the streets of the UK..

Returning to Walton Hall & Gardens

Back on the 17th of April 2016 I introduced you to Walton Hall & Gardens in Warrington - promising you I would return when I could to really show you how beautiful the whole area is when in bloom. Its one of my absolute favourite places to visit as you can probably tell by my instagram this weekend!

Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington

Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Anson Engine Museum, Cheshire

The Engine Museum in Anson is a place I wouldn't have really considered visiting at first glance I admit. I don't know the first thing about engines and I don't really think I can get my head around understanding them -- but Mike is incredibly mechanical minded so I knew we had to visit. Its quite a hard one to find, the winding country roads led us on quite a journey before we stumbled onto the driveway.

Monthly Mood Board: January

Sunday, January 01, 2017

January Mood Board | FreelanceWisdom.com, DippedInLace.com, ProjectWeddings.com, Mode.com, Instyle.com

"Do the work that feeds your soul, not your ego." via FREELANCE WISDOM
Those minimalist wedding vibes... via DippedInLace.com
DIY flower chandelier via ProjectWeddings.com
Short choppy hair for 2017? via Mode.com
Classic and simple styling - striped top and skinnies
Do you know your perfect nail shape? Via InStyle.com

The inspirations for me this month. I'm going to start sharing these each month, so I can share the wonderful things that inspire me - and keep track of them too. This month features some words of wisdom, comforting fashion and my first real steps into wedding inspiration. We've been engaged for years now, I want to make some headway into making a date for us to get married!

I also included a piece on nails I didn't know about - my perfect shape is almond usually, but with work coming up I'm opting for a more square shape as the seasonal festivities draw to a close. What do you prefer when it comes to your manicure?
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