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Friday, July 19, 2013

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I feel like it's time to share some things happening in my life lately all going back to my implant that was inserted in March. I've blogged about it here, here and here if you'd like to get caught up. Well, the last time I blogged about it, things were looking up and it seemed we had a break through. Unfortunately, a couple days after things went back to where they had been for a few months. I was lucky enough to have a week or so without bleeding but here we are 4 months later and that's one week out of 16 not bleeding. That's right, I'm back to the daily bleeding and it doesn't seem to want to subside. 

When it comes to the side effects of the emotions and nausea I was having, I still feel pretty good about feeling myself again and haven't had much of those issues which I'm so grateful for! My only issue now is the bleeding. I finally broke down and called my dr again and visited with her Wednesday. I had the intention of just pulling the plug and removing it but after seeing her, we've started a new regimen which should hopefully help this out! Back when I was first tested for this BC, I was told my uterus lining is very thin; this is also something that could cause problems in the future when trying to start our family and this BC is only making that worse. It seems all the bleeding is happening because of my uterus being so thin so we've now started a daily dose of Estrogen to counteract the BC. The Estrogen is to help thicken the lining in my uterus which should in theory stop my bleeding. Side effects? Well let's talk about hormone crazy! Estrogen never has agreed with my body having an extra dose so I'm told I will be quite the emotional lady going through these pills. My dr recommended taking them at night before bed so I can hopefully sleep through the side effects of tears and up and downs so that's what I've started as of lately.

Altogether, we're going to try this for 2 months if I can handle it emotionally and we should be able to potentially take me off the Estrogen after that time frame, with my cycles back to normal. Worst case scenario, I hate how I react and we will then remove the implant. That being said, what's our next option for contraceptive? I've reevaluated Mirena (IUD) and my dr thinks my body could adapt better to that so if we get to the point of removing the implant, our next steps will be that.

Honestly, over the last 4 months of having this, I think we've changed our timing on trying to start also. Going into this 3 year implant, we thought when the time was up, we'd start trying then. Now, we've talked about finances and being stable and feel in the next year when we have everything paid off (hubs vehicle is the only thing we have left) we would consider trying then. Ultimately, I feel a little silly getting a long term BC inserted now when we're playing with the idea of conceiving sooner than later. It also feels like it's pointless to throw my body into even more unknowns for such a short time frame. I guess all we can do right now is see how this new option works and go from there.

This is seriously personal and I understand that but I simply hope to educate you about my experience to potentially help you with your decision. Either way, I've had to remind myself over and over not to dwell on these negative side effects. I've had to focus my mind on what's positive and remember all the amazing things I've learned through this and about my body. Hence the freebie quote. Enjoy it pretties, see you Monday with a top knot hair tutorial.

18 comments:

  1. I hate that it has been such a pain for you. BC is such a trial and error thing which is terrible to say about something that most women WANT to be on. Only you and your husband know what is best for your little family. We are all here to support and encourage you along that journey. This is your space and I'm glad you've shared and educated us all on the ups and downs. Have a great weekend.

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  2. BC wasn't easy for us either. Yaz made me a spaz and a hormonal mess. Good luck with this new venture.

    P.S. Another unbelievably beautiful freebie by you!

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  3. Oh my gosh! You poor girl! That sounds horrible. I know we live in the same area and if you want a recommendation for a great naturopathic doctor let me know. It might help balancing out your estrogen levels so you may not need to take as much medication. xoxo, Tamara

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  4. I think it's great that you share this journey! I'm sure it's helpful for other young women who are on a similar journey! In the four years (and 2 months!) that I've been married, it took me a couple of years to actually find a BC that works for me! My dr. had told me that an IUD was extremely painful for a woman who had never birthed a child so I tried the NuvaRing and I'm in love!!! Naturally, I'm not a hormonal woman. The pill definitely made me hormonally crazy but the NR is not that way at all. If you end up taking out your implant, you may want to ask your doctor about NR. Of course, it's different for every woman but I would personally never go back to another type of BC, especially a pill. I hope it gets better for you!

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  5. I have the IUD and I am in love with it! If you have any questions feel free to ask! :)

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  6. I'm looking at having Mirena done. I like the security that comes with a long term bc, however things do change when your timeline/debt frame changes. A lot of our desire to wait long term is for financial reasons. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  7. Holly MartinezFriday, July 19, 2013

    In the next year!!??!? Ahhhhhh BABIES!!!!! :)

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  8. Oh no, what a terrible time! I hope you can figure things out asap! I absolutely LOVE my Mirena IUD. If you want to ask any questions - I'm here for ya, sister! :)

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  9. Goodness. I sure hope you find relief. I get it though. I did Mirena and well, I had a terrible experience because it did crazy things. The hormone stuff is hard, been there too. All I say in hang in there. When you feel good again it is a huge weight lifted. You will get there! :)

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  10. I'm so sorry you're having such a time with this implant BC. Maybe in a strange way this is your bodies way of telling you to let nature take it's course. (Starting sooner for a baby vs. later). It's absolutely awesome as young as you both are that you are almost completely debt free (frilly debt - not everyday life debt, clearly if you own a home, that's a different kind of debt - does that make sense?) My husband and I have been together almost 8 years now, married almost 2. We have been asked a million times about children and never felt financially ready. Everyone says, You'll never been financially ready, but I like to think I could be financially, more prepared.

    As of last week, I officially paid off all my credit card debt (happy dance), and my husband still has some student loans to deal with and his CC - bottom line we are almost there - we're not getting any younger but we can be prepared.

    We all are in the same boat in this ride of life - ups and downs, and payment plans a like. I say give this a shot, hopefully it works for you, but if it doesn't I'm happy to hear you'll be OK with that road as well. oxox

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  11. I am so sorry you are going through this! Hope that you are able to find something that works for you and your body. Virtual hugs! xoxo

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  12. trying different hormonal options is seriously not fun and I hope something starts to work better for you soon. I have been on I don't how many different doses of the pill until finding something my body complied with. It's hard. But I didn't want to try the Mirena or anything long term because we want to start trying to see what happens in the near future as well.

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  13. i never know how to save these freebies properly! :(( fail. lol!

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  14. oh sweet girl :( i know exactly how you are feeling with the bleeding. i went through the same thing for a long time. eventually the nuva ring helped me stop. but then i went 11 months without bleeding and ay yi yi. what a whirlwind. i am praying for you my dear!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Aubrey. As someone who works in the healthcare field, I've seen these, touched it, learned how to insert it, but it's fairly new, and even I don't know much about it, so it's good to hear a personal experience. I hope that the procedure / plan you discussed with your doctor will help. Please do let us know! Praying for you <3

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  16. I think it is great that you are sharing your experience on your blog. I think BC is something that is sometimes taboo to discuss, but I think it is important to discuss. BC is a very personal thing...people's bodies react differently to each type of BC. Good luck with figuring yours out.

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  17. Thank you for sharing. I always like when I see "real life" things from my favorite bloggers. It means they are actual people.

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  18. I have had Implanon going on 6 years now. The bleeding/spotting hasn't stopped. My doctor also put me on estrogen. After 4 days I had to quit taking it due to becoming a total bitch to be around. I'm due to have Implanon replaced September 2014, but probably won't. I've always heard the copper IUD is the most natural of bc, but the insertion of IUD's is painful. Goodluck.

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