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My Experience with the Implant

Since getting the implant I have had a lot of questions. ‘Does it hurt? Do you still get periods? Are you having mood swings?’ – just to name a few.

Contraception can be a bit of a minefield, and it’s hard to know what option is going to be the best for you. I, therefore, thought it might be helpful to share my experience. Of course, everybody is unique and so we all react differently to different forms of contraception. However, this has been my personal experience!

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WHY DID I OPT FOR THE IMPLANT?

There are a few choices for people with vaginas when it comes to contraception, all of which come with the potential of some pretty nasty side effects. The implant, therefore, seemed to me like the best of a bad bunch (I should go into sales, shouldn’t I?). I had taken the pill for years and found that it gave me terrible mood swings, left my period irregular and, despite setting an alarm, you can guarantee I would forget about it at least once a week. I decided it was time to look for another option.

I went to the sexual health clinic for some advice. What I will say is that, although it can be awkward and embarrassing, it is well worth making a visit to one of these places. They’re confidential and I have always found them a lot more helpful than going to see my Doctor.

While there I was given an in-depth talk about my options. We narrowed it down to either the coil or the implant. Neither sounded great, but when saw the coil and she explained what the procedure would entail, the implant sounded a hell of a lot more appealing.

So, that was that.

WHAT WAS THE PROCEDURE LIKE?

The procedure itself is super simple. However, if you don’t like needles, it’s not going to be exactly pleasant! I’ve never really minded injections and so I didn’t find it too bad. They numb the area with an injection, cut a slit in your arm and then insert the impact (which was a bit bigger than I expected but nothing too alarming). Relatively painless and over really quickly. They then wrap it up and you leave it in its little bandage for about 24 hours. It is 99% effective and lasts for 3 years. If you do decide you want a baby in this time, you can just pop back in and have it removed, meaning that it follows the method of long-acting reversible contraception.

I was left with bruising afterwards for about a week, but I bruise like a peach so that was to be expected. It took a little while to get used to the thought of having an implant in my arm. I still now stroke it every so often, just to make sure it hasn’t moved and it’s still there – it always is.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

The side effects of the implant vary from person to person and so you experience could be entirely different to mine. For me, they included pains in my arm and my period stopping (for now anyway). The first month after the implant I spotted slightly, but since I have not menstruated, which is an absolute blessing!

I haven’t noticed any changes in my mood at all, which was something I was worried about, and now I hardly know it’s there. It’s only when I run my fingers over it that I remember I even have an implant. For me, it is a lot more practical than taking the pill and just fit in well with my lifestyle. I also often get asked if it interfered with my training. Again, the answer is no! However, when I first had it put in, I was very aware of it and worried it would move during upper body sessions. It didn’t, but it is important to keep checking it to make sure it is still in the right spot anyway (I just run my hand over it whenever I remember and it is always still there). 

I’ll be honest, at first, I was worried that everything was related to the implant. I fell ill with glandular fever and thought it was down to the implant. I basically was just panicking (I am a self-confessed overthinker). When I spoke to the Doctor, however, they reassured me and said that everything with it was looking absolutely fine!

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HOW IS IT GOING?

Well, I’m not pregnant so that’s a good start…

In all seriousness, I am finding the implant so easy.

I have actually found the implant super simple. Yes, it does take a tiny little procedure, but it has been worth it for me and my lifestyle.

I am relatively new to having the implant and so at the moment I am still monitoring my menstrual cycle as whether I will come on or not at some point is kind of up in the air – one thing I am finding a little difficult, but I just make sure I am always prepared for that eventuality.

If you have any questions regarding the implant and my personal experience, let me know in the comments down below. Trust me, nothing is TMI here. You can also email me on jamieleejenkins27@googlemail.com 

Jamie x 

Inspirational Women | 2018

In Vogue’s list of Influential Women 2018, they asked: What does power look like? A question, they acknowledge, is becoming all the more difficult to answer. Power is no longer just a white, middle-class male sitting in the cabinet making big decisions. The face of power and influence has changed, and it has become about a lot more than simply governing, but also about inspiring, starting conversations and initiating change. Power is being redefined, and with it so is the world around us.  

This year, once again, hundreds of women all around the world have inspired me and made me proud to be a woman – whether it be celebrity activists, movers and shakers, or simply women I encounter on a day-to-day basis in my life whose attitude and spirit have motivated me to become a better version of my self. Here are just a few.

Jameela Jamil 

As I recently declared on Twitter, my new life motto is WWJD (What would Jameela do?). Her relentless battle again the impossible beauty standards placed upon women has acted as a reminder that I am enough, just as I am. As well as calling out BS detox diets and the negative consequences of airbrushing, Jamil also set up the iWeigh movement, which I urge you to follow if you don’t already. The movement acts as a reminder that we are all a lot more than how we look and encourages us to think less about what we see in the mirror and more about our values, achievements and qualities beyond this.

A wonderful, witty woman with an incredibly powerful message!

FORKING brilliant.

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The Campaigners in the Irish Abortion Vote

Less a single woman and more a group of incredible inspiring women (and men), who stood up for the women in Ireland to have rights over their bodies. The vote was a huge leap forward for women in Ireland and symbolised the power of activism and fighting for what you believe to be right.

An incredible moment in history that represents progression and changing national attitudes – bravo Ireland.

What an inspiration.

Orla Doherty 

TV producer and environmentalist, Orla Doherty and her team, have made waves this year, raising awareness of the damage being done to our oceans by our excessive use of plastics.

Over 10 million people watched the final episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet that Doherty produced, and the message has certainly resulted in more action – it certainly impacted my behaviour and for that, we all have to thank Doherty.

Dua Lipa 

At only 22 years years old, Dua Lipa became the most streamed female artist in Britain and made history when she became the first woman to received 5 Brit nominations in one night.

Why is she having such a huge impact on the music industry? 

There are many reasons for her success, but for me, her music goes beyond simply a good track to dance to. New Rules has a far deeper, cultural message about female sexual empowerment that females everywhere found themselves relating to – not to mention it has hit over 1 billion views on YouTube. To find out more about the songwriter Emily Warren and how she came about writing New Rules, check out Elite’s Daily article here.

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Diane Shippey

A name you probably do not recognise, but a woman that inspires me every single day – my Mother. I have written a lot about this wonderful woman here on the blog (you can read more about her here). She has taught me a hell of a lot of the past 22 years, and this year her drive, determination and dedication to what she believes in, has astonished me.

Putting her beliefs and morals before financial gain, she has gone on to start her own little business – working incredibly hard and teaching me that no one is any better than anyone else and if you have something you believe it, then you bloody well fight for it.

Priyanka Joshi 

Another name you might not have heard of, but you definitely should have, is Priyanka Joshi! As only 29 years old, Joshi is a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, offering cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research, looking into drug-like molecules to target the causes of degenerative brain diseases.

This year, dementia has left a huge hole in our family and we are certainly not alone. Dementia is now the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales and so her work in the field is crucial – now more than ever.

In the words of Jameela Jamil, I am a feminist-in-progress, constantly learning and trying to become a more informed human being. I am far from perfect but these women have all helped me on my journey, and for that I thank them. In my research for this post, I found myself in total awe of the incredible work women have been doing this year that I haven’t heard about and sadly I couldn’t write about every single one of them here. I urge you to take a look at some of these lists of Inspiration Women and read their stories.

Here are some of my favourites:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46225037

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/vogue-25-the-women-shaping-2018

From Pankhurst to Pink: 100 of the most inspiring women from the last 100 years

Which women have inspired you this year? Let me know in the comments down below or over on my latest Instagram post. 

Jamie x