LEVONORGESTREL Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • absence of menstrual periods
  • abnormally long or heavy periods
  • bleeding not related to menstrual period
  • high blood sugar

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • mood changes
  • an ovarian cyst
  • enlargement of an ovary
  • dizziness
  • low energy
  • visible water retention
  • weight gain
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • nervousness
  • a decrease in how often a woman menstruates

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • depression
  • breastmilk production not associated with childbirth or nursing
  • a skin rash

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • altered interest in having sexual intercourse
  • breast pain
  • hair loss
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • acne
  • yellow-brown patches on skin
  • difficulty sleeping
  • drug-induced hot flashes

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

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