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What Are the Side Effects of a Birth Control Implant?

The birth control implant is an extremely effective method of contraception. However, like any other medication, it has a few side effects which users must be aware of:

  • Headaches. These might be more severe in the morning but can be easily managed through the use of over-the-counter NSAIDs.
  • Low back pain, although the pain is usually mild. It may present as an odd ache and gradually subsides.
  • Sore nipples and breasts. This may persist in some women.
  • Abdominal bloating which is usually mild and subsides in time. It is worse in the morning and often gets exacerbated with excessive intake of oily foods.
  • Decrease in libido.
  • Change in vaginal bleeding intensity. The menstrual cycle gradually becomes normal.
  • Mild mood changes including depression. These mood changes may last for a few months, but treatment is rarely required as symptoms are mild and may present as irritability, anxiety, or feeling fatigued.
  • Nausea and/or upset stomach.
  • Vaginal dryness.
  • Mild to moderate weight gain.
  • Dizziness is a rare side effect of the implant. If it occurs, it usually happens in the early morning when you wake up.

Keep in mind that these side effects do not occur in everyone, and if they do, they are usually mild and subside with time. Also, women using the birth control implant should be aware that it does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections. For women with multiple partners, it is recommended that they use a condom to protect against these infections. It is always advisable to discuss the risk of side effects with your healthcare provider before choosing any birth control option.

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