What does the implant do to your hormones?

You’ve made the decision to get an implant. Congratulations! Now, what does that mean for your hormones? Will they still be your hormone homies, or will they turn against you like a horde of angry teenagers?

Well my dear reader, fear not! We’re here to chew the fat and give it to you straight. So sit tight and let’s delve into the world of implants and hormones.

The Basics – How Does An Implant Affect Hormones?

Let’s start with some science-y stuff, because who doesn’t love a bit of scientific knowledge sprinkled onto their lives? When you get an implant (let’s use Nexplanon as our example), it releases a form of progesterone into your body called etonogestrel. This is similar to the natural hormone progesterone that our bodies produce, but also has some synthetic qualities.

Essentially this means that once the implant is in place, it starts releasing small amounts of this hormone continuously over time. This can change how your body regulates its own hormonal balance.

But don’t worry just yet! These changes are usually minor and won’t affect everyone in the same way.

Has It Figured Out My Natural Cycle Yet?

The short answer: nope!

Because etonogestrel levels remain constant over time when using an implant like Nexplanon (just like having concert tickets), there’s no variation depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle compared to our usual natural cycles (like attending festivals). In other words- if things were normalized (which trust me will never happen!), daily injections taken around the exact SAME TIME each day would have been needed instead but.. No Judgment Please we are all rare gems!

Without these cues from our bodies’ own fluctuating hormone levels most women slowly stop ovulating regularly even though irregular bleeding will still occur sometimes.

However, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how the implant affects your menstrual cycle/the pattern of your irregular bleeding (Seems like things are just going with the flow!) – some women may not have any change while others may experience spotting or long term periods but at least we don’t always have a fear of ruining our brand new light colored pants!

What About The Hormones Themselves?

Now onto the nitty-gritty stuff that’ll separate you from being an amateur and graduate you into becoming a hormone pro.

The hormones released by Nexplanon can impact a few specific things when they enter our bodies:

  1. It thickens cervical mucous (Yum!) making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg – essentially blocking Mr Spermatozoa right at his door step (We won’t visit this place again, Thanks!).

  2. May prevent ovulation in many cycles for most users although approximately half of cycles return as normal after discontinuing Nexplanon

So what does all this amount to beyond stopping us from getting pregnant?

Nexplanon can also cause changes in other parts:

  1. Can improve acne severity or worsen acne
  2. Can reduce possible PCOS symptomology
  3. May likely lower ovarian cancer risk

Therefore plenty, though far less than dealing with pregnancy itself would eventually entail

Does This Mean My Mood Will Change?

Short answer: There is potential for mood changes but it’s highly individualistic.

As most women know, fluctuations in hormones relating to their monthly menstruation bleed can lead to some serious mood swings – suddenly crying because your fries weren’t cooked properly or feeling fine one minute and literally wanting/trying/ able tackling someone else down during ‘sacred’ traffic hours.. But let’s steer back on track and go over what might happen if you get the implant.

For most, there won’t be any noticeable mood swings and they will remain calm, cool and collected (Please teach us your ways) – but some women may experience changes in their emotions or feelings (“the demons are back!!”).

It’s important to note that everyone’s response is totally different – people might feel more blah than happy or vice versa! So just keep an eye on how you’re feeling and whether anything has changed suddenly after getting Nexplanon. But don’t get too worked up now.. While we still cant guarantee a smooth-sailing ride through our bad days with Nexplanon present ,it’s worth remembering the flip side of things too: less periods means fewer cramps & bloody messes (win-win).

Is This All There Is To Know About Hormones With An Implant?

In general, yes.

While hormones can be complicated beings inherently (ask anyone who’s been pregnant) once implanted with something like Nexplanon it becomes a relatively straight forward concept to figure out if indeed this method resonates better than others (fingers crossed). The hormones released are similar enough to those already present within our bodies so react well overall when added into the mix rather seamlessly.

Of course everyone is unique so slight variations/adjustments could occur- for instance some might gain more fatigue than would have naturally happened or develop certain skin issuies during prime real estate times(oh hello cystic pimps come say hi:scream:) …but these instances only represent minor side effects for majority even as evident with long-term usage.

Just remember, as always communication between yourself and your doctor/midwife/health care provider will definitely help deliver happier outcomes!


So there you have it folks (you made it through!) – while an implant like Nexplanon affects many areas of our hormonal systems resulting in transformed core functionalities especially when to major daily events and the delightful pre-period symptoms that creep us out at our lowest, we’ve got evidence as well from prior users which prove it astoundingly performance-ready with minimal interruptions! Now while there still may be some side-effects based on your individual body chemistry (totally natural) but you can take comfort in knowing that these will likely only be minor.

In conclusion, rest assured (once again!) that an implant like Nexplanon isn’t going to turn your hormones into gibbering madmen(hallelujah) – if anything things are simply smoother hence a win-win all around (but always remember “Better safe than sorry”).