I was the exact same as you, didnt have much confidence in the pill, well not the pill as much as my confidence in myself for taking it..... i have the memory of a fish even after a year of taking it i still forgot most days, so that why i decided on the bar, cause its handy.
I did alot of research on the implanon before i got it, theres so many horror stories out there it freaked me out but my boyfriend convinced me, swayed me with the whole being a young mum thing, frightened the s**t outta me. anyways i have friends who have had it and all there stories are great and there loving it. so i decided to get it
OK well, my story .... i got it last oct (2008) so have it nearly 10 months i think..... and most days at the start i have wanted it out, being completely honest, when i got it in i was told it can take anything from 3-6 months for the side effects to go. well, 7 months on and i still had them such as weight gain, spotting of blood ect..... which to be honest is a contraception in there own ways, if your like me and not thin i think it does help in the weight section, i have put on nearly 3 stone, and nothing else in my life has changed.
ok thats the bad stuff but the good stuff , now everything has cleared up, im so glad i stuck it out and now i have lost 2 stone in the last month or so..... amazing.... no blood either. everything is starting to get back to normal. but this is just me i think the pill didnt agree with me either. my friends had none of this, and there wafer thin too.....
as for the needle its big but you dont feel it they numb your arm which feels kinda cool...and then after it takes a day or two for your arm to not be so tender. but then theres nothing.... you can feel the bar through your skin but it doesnt hurt at all..... just grows on ya i guess.
I would deffo recommend the bar to anyone but i would warn them it can take a while for everything to settle down and go back to normal. If you have a medical card theres no reason not to try it sure you can just get it out , obviously for those who have to pay the few hundred i guess you have to stick to it.
i hope this helps and doesnt freak you out, its not intended to do that just wanted to tell you my story, though if your still nervous about the bar, would you try the patch? maybe you would have more confidence in that. and you only have to change it once a week.