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What are the risks of using birth control implants?

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Possible side effects include problems from the insertion procedure, such as:

Other possible side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Depression and other mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Abdominal pain or nausea
  • Acne
  • Breast pain, back pain, or headache
  • Vaginitis
  • Dizziness

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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