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October 17, 2012 1:46 PM
Hey there ladies, just wondering who among you have had the implanon removed, and I wondered if afterwards it had any effect on your rate of weight loss, whether good or bad? I'm about to get mine out tomorrow, after 3 years. I put on about 2 and a half stone, or around 35lbs, within a few months and I've always struggled to lose the weight despite being pretty healthy, watching my cals and doing a reasonable amount of exercise. Can I expect to struggle more, or does it become easier?

I know it'll affect me in it's own way, but would just like to hear your stories. :)
October 18, 2012 4:15 AM
Anyone?
November 6, 2012 9:25 AM
Hi! I just got my implanon out yesterday (painful, ugh). It was just after my 3 year mark but in the past 2 years I put on 35 pounds... I tried what seemed like everything to get rid of it but it just wouldn't come off! I became so frustrated with my weight and the crazy mood swings that I am pretty sure my husband wanted to either smother me with a pillow or leave..... Anywho, has anyone had any luck loosing the weight after the removal? I spoke with my doctor and she advised me that it can take some time but I should be able to drop the weight relatively easily. Hopefully someone has some words of wisdom or encouragement!! Thanks :)
November 27, 2012 5:22 PM
I had to respond to this post after coming across it when I was researching Implanon. I had it in for 2 years and in those 2 years gained about 20 pounds that I could not get off. I had mine removed 3 weeks ago and have lost 6 pounds so far. The progesterone is known for causing weight gain in some and I definitely had that issue. I am glad to have it out and had to share so you know you're not the only one. My OB said she has taken more out of women than she has put in. Good luck and hope this helped.
November 28, 2012 12:27 PM
I've never used implanon myself but I work in this field.

Implanon is a hormonal contraceptive, and like anything that plays with your hormones, can cause side effects such as weight gain or loss, mood swings, lowered libido, etc. It doesn't happen to everyone but does happen for some women.

I'd say two things -

- that weight gain may be totally unrelated to the implant, so dont get your hopes too high for once its out! If it was related then you should see it come off more easily as your hormones return to normal in the next few months (unless you are going straight onto another form of hormonal contraception, such as depo or the pill)
- that in the future you might want to consider a non hormonal method, such as an IUD or a tubal ligation (surgical) depending on whether you plan to have any more children.
Edited by Nottoobadyet On November 28, 2012 12:29 PM
November 28, 2012 2:21 PM
I've had one for 2 years. Did not gain as a result of it - I had been v worried that would happen. Seem to be losing ok since I've put my mind to it. Other side effects not that brilliant!
Just letting you know it varies.
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September 19, 2013 12:31 AM
Hi, I have been on contraception for about 10 years now. I first went on Depo at 17, and I put on three stone in a few months (I am 5ft 2 and was 8 1/2 stone, very trim), and have not been able to shift it since. Of course, my eating habits began to change on a sliding scale which didn't help, but I have always been really active, always walking everywhere, dancing, swimming whenever possible, and working on my feet. I had an implant in 2007, and a replacement one. Because I already had the weight, I didn't think anything of it, and I was assured that things would level out. They clearly didn't and I'm still averaging 12 st 4. I try to eat a balanced diet and remain mobile. I drink plenty of water and I was a trained chef, so I can make sensible choices in terms of food groups and portion sizes etc, but the fact is that no matter how much I exhaust myself, and how sensibly/little and often I eat, I am nearly always hungry, I always feel tired and sluggish, I have spots on my bum and backs of my legs, my joints hurt and when I have periods I have PMS, bloating, sore breasts etc for two weeks before, and a week during (5-6 week cycle, so for 3 weeks out of every 5-6, I feel like hell).

Anyway, I had my implant out yesterday, so I'm going to keep another diary for the next 6 weeks to document any changes in weight, appearance and mood etc. I know it affects everyone differently but it's better to keep a log than to go on half-formed conjectures!
October 18, 2013 9:46 AM
Just got mine taken out yesterday. I weighed around 210 when I had it put in and was about two and a half months postpartum (got up to 245 lbs with my son). I worked at a bank and sat in a chair all day long. Now I'm a stay at home mom and am way more active than I was at the bank, but I weigh 224 as of today. I've been exercising like crazy and staying within my calories, but my weight continues to go up. So frustrated. So I hope having it taken out was a good decision and that the weight will come off more easily. My goal for the end of the year is to be around 200. God would I be happy!!
November 9, 2013 10:53 AM
Hi I've just removed my impanon two days ago due to exercising changing my eating habits and not losing much weight in months. I've been on implanon for 2 1/2 years. As of today I have cramping & have dizziness , I'm just wondering how long will it take to get back to normal? & I pray my weight comes right off.
January 28, 2014 6:08 AM
Did anyone lose weight after having implant took out had mine removed today had been dieting and not lost nothing I just stay at the same weight even if I eat loads I just stay the same so hoping now it's out might see some results 🙏
February 4, 2014 3:24 AM
Hello

I have the implant in my arm, this is my second one, which I got put in 6months ago, In the 3 years and 6 months that I have had it, I have gained two stone. Recently it has been getting me down as I have never ate so healthy or worked out as much as I do now in my entire life. I have been considering getting it removed to see if it will help me get back down to the weight I use to be- or even a little bit of significant weight loss.

Is there anyone who has had it removed and have noticed a weight loss?
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February 4, 2014 3:26 AM
Hello was wondering if you have lost weight since your implant removal as I am thinking of having mine removed for the same reasons that you did x
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February 4, 2014 3:34 AM
Thinking of getting mine removed for the same reasons. Hoping to see some more replies to see if others have lost weight after having theirs removed :)
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February 23, 2014 10:56 AM
I'm having mine removed in 3 days. Like so many have said on here I am sick of the mood swings and not being able to shift weight, I can eat 3 healthy meals a day and gain weight everyday. I have gone up to 150lbs+ and tried every diet going. Before I went on the implanon I was 110lbs. I am only 5'3".
February 23, 2014 11:57 AM
I have mirena. It has not affected my weight loss.
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February 24, 2014 3:15 PM
I also gained a lot of weight with Implanon over the past 2 years. I just got it removed today (not fun!!!) and I'm hoping I will be able to lose weight faster now, as it's been a struggle up to this point.

I switched to NuvaRing. Any weight loss stories/tips from any of you ladies on NuvaRing?
February 25, 2014 3:45 AM
Hi everyone, thought I would update you all as I got my implant removed a week ago now.

I have in one week lost 4lbs. It isn't much but it is a good start and I am feeling optimistic.

I am eating the same and exercising the same before I got it removed- because I wanted to see if it really is down to the implant. I am weighing myself weekly and on week one I am already happy. I will keep you all updated.

My advice- get it out! I loved it as its great not to worry about contraception but it made me so miserable in the end
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February 25, 2014 4:06 AM
I'm on my second implant, and didn't gain any weight with either. I've been losing inches (although, unsure of weight since I don't have a scale) steadily since I started tracking my calories.
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February 25, 2014 4:21 AM
I have the implanon and in the time it has been in have lost over 20lb......I think it is unfair to blame weight gain on contraception, its what you put in your mouth that makes you fat.
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February 25, 2014 4:34 AM
QUOTE:

I have the implanon and in the time it has been in have lost over 20lb......I think it is unfair to blame weight gain on contraception, its what you put in your mouth that makes you fat.


This.

Your birth control might cause you to have an increased appetite, but it doesn't force food into your mouth. I gained weight when I stopped being active, and for a long time I justified the weight gain by saying "but, it's my birth control!" Since I've actively been watching my calorie intake and exercising, I am losing size.
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February 27, 2014 10:49 AM
any news on how those who posted earlier got on with weight loss?
Edited by wabeccar On February 27, 2014 10:49 AM
March 3, 2014 10:35 AM
Umm I think birth control does have a bit to do with weight gain. Yes you are choosing to put the food in your mouth, but elevated levels of progesterone affect your body comp, how that food is metabolized, etc. and MOST importantly makes it much more difficult to lose that weight. I had mine for a year and a half, gained a bit but mostly had trouble losing the weight. Had it removed due to other side effects a few weeks ago and have had the most substantial weight loss I have experienced in that entire year and a half despite not changing my routine in the slightest. Yes you can control some aspects of weight gain on hormonal contraceptives, but to say the two are unrelated is simply untrue.
March 3, 2014 11:29 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I have the implanon and in the time it has been in have lost over 20lb......I think it is unfair to blame weight gain on contraception, its what you put in your mouth that makes you fat.


This.

Your birth control might cause you to have an increased appetite, but it doesn't force food into your mouth. I gained weight when I stopped being active, and for a long time I justified the weight gain by saying "but, it's my birth control!" Since I've actively been watching my calorie intake and exercising, I am losing size.


Agreed

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March 3, 2014 12:35 PM
QUOTE:

Umm I think birth control does have a bit to do with weight gain. Yes you are choosing to put the food in your mouth, but elevated levels of progesterone affect your body comp, how that food is metabolized, etc. and MOST importantly makes it much more difficult to lose that weight. I had mine for a year and a half, gained a bit but mostly had trouble losing the weight. Had it removed due to other side effects a few weeks ago and have had the most substantial weight loss I have experienced in that entire year and a half despite not changing my routine in the slightest. Yes you can control some aspects of weight gain on hormonal contraceptives, but to say the two are unrelated is simply untrue.


I'm not having any trouble losing weight. Nor am I having any trouble changing my body comp. My weight gain and muscle lost came from 1) loving to eat and 2) not exercising. Could you site a study that says birth control effects your metabolism in a direct and meaningful way? It's quite possible that the hormones were not right for you, but for anyone to make a sweeping statement about it being "because of birth control" is ridiculous. Plenty of us are losing while on it. To say that they're always related, is simply untrue.
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March 4, 2014 1:46 AM
This topic is for those who want to discuss the difficulty of loosing weight whilst on the implant and any success/ failure to loose it when the implant is removed! Those people commenting saying that it is what you put in your mouth that makes you 'fat' get a grip. Firstly we are all on this site for the same reason, so don't be so harsh to other people and secondly, NO-ONE can dictate to someone else about why their weight is the way it is.

Anyways, I have a great diet, better than it has ever been years. My partner is in the army and keeps me on the straight and narrow with good meals and fitness. I had gained 2 stone over a 3 years period during which I had the implant in. I agree I wasn't always watching what I was eating- and that it did come gradually. I then got fed up and put all my efforts into loosing weight as I felt so crap about myself. No take aways, no sweet stuff, alcohol once a month, and a balanced diet. I went to a personal trainer three times a week also during this 6 months. I lost inches but not weight, which is good fro some, but personally I wanted to see the scales go down as well. After a chat with my partner, I had it removed just under two weeks ago. Since removal I have kept my diet the same, go to the gym the same amount of times a week and in fact I have had 2 nights out as well :/ I didn't want to change anything about my lifestyle as I wanted to be able to neutrally determine if the implanon hormones where affecting my weight loss. Anyway 12 days on, I have lost 4lbs! Not amazing, but it is more than I could shift in 6 months before having it in. Looking forward to having my first period also as I know this will be when my body is regulated back to normal. I will update again in a few weeks when I do. Good luck everyone.
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