Birth Control Implant Possible Side Effects

Learn about the possible side effects of a birth control implant in this Howcast video.

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The birth control implant is a small plastic rod that gets placed into your arm, and it lasts for three years.

One of the most common side effects of this form of birth control is breakthrough bleeding. You may notice that when you have this implant placed that your periods will no longer be predictable. In fact, you can have irregular bleeding and spotting for the duration of this implant. So, after you've had the implant placed, if you notice irregular bleeding, don't worry. If you are concerned, you can always call your physician or your nurse practitioner. However, the birth control is still effective despite the bleeding.

Another side effect that patients may be concerned with are headaches. If you do get headaches with this form of birth control, you can take Tylenol and Motrin to relieve them. But if you notice that the headaches are persisting and you're concerned, you can always call your physician or your nurse practitioner to talk about the side effects.

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