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Can any woman use birth control implants?

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Some women shouldn't use birth control implants, including women who may already be pregnant and those with:

  • Sensitivity to any part of the implant
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Breast cancer (past or present)
  • Liver disease or liver tumors
  • History of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 18, 2017

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 18, 2017

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