How safe is the birth control implant?
The implant is very safe for most people, but all medications have some risks and side effects. Your doctor will help you figure out if the implant is safe for you.
Can I get the birth control implant?
Most people can use the implant — also called Nexplanon — safely, but you shouldn’t use it if you’ve had breast cancer. Talk with your nurse or doctor about any other health conditions you have and you can decide together if the implant is a good fit for you.
What are the risks of using the birth control implant?
Serious problems with Nexplanon are rare, but they include arm pain that lasts for longer than a few days, an infection in the arm that needs medicine, or a scar on your arm where the implant goes. Very rarely, the implant can bend or break in your arm. If that happens, it may not be working and needs to be taken out.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any of the following while using Nexplanon:
Bleeding, pus, discoloration, or pain in your arm where the implant was inserted that doesn’t go away
Yellowing of your eyes and skin
Much heavier or longer than normal bleeding from your vagina
The implant seems to have moved
You can always call your doctor or your local Planned Parenthood health center if you have any concerns about your implant. They can help with any questions you may have.
Is it safe to use the implant while breastfeeding?
Yes, it’s safe to use the implant while you’re breastfeeding. It shouldn’t have any effect on how much milk you produce, and it won’t hurt your baby. In fact, the implant is a great method to use if you’re breastfeeding and you don’t want to get pregnant.