What are the disadvantages of birth control implants?
Some people get side effects that bother them after getting their implant, but these usually go away after a few months. Rarely, the side effects can be serious.
The implant can have negative side effects.
Like all medicines, there can be side effects with the implant. But many people adjust to the implant with no problems. Negative side effects usually go away after a few months, once your body gets used to your implant. You can use our birth control app to keep track of the side effects you may be having.
The most common side effect is irregular bleeding (aka spotting), especially in the first 6-12 months. But most people on the implant get lighter periods, or their periods stop altogether while they have the implant. Other possible side effects that aren’t as common include headaches, breast pain, and nausea. There may also be temporary pain, bruising, or an infection on your arm where you got the implant.
Birth control shouldn’t make you feel bad. Luckily, there are many different types of birth control, so you’ve got options. If you keep having side effects that bother you, talk with your nurse or doctor about trying another birth control method.
Birth control implants don’t protect against STDs.
Birth control implants are one of the best methods of birth control out there, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Luckily, using condoms every time you have sex really reduces your chances of getting or spreading STDs. So using condoms + Nexplanon is the best way to protect yourself from pregnancy and STDs.