Are there any side effects of the contraceptive implant?

Just like other medicines (including other types of hormonal contraception) the use of the contraceptive implant may be associated with some unwanted effects. Some of the most commonly reported side effects experienced by women who have used Nexplanon include:

  • Acne
  • Breast tenderness and pain
  • Headache
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Weight changes
  • Vaginal infection

It is important that you tell your doctor or family planning nurse if you develop any of these side effects or experience other reactions, even if you are not sure whether or not they may be related to the contraceptive implant.

Please read the Nexplanon Patient Information Leaflet and talk to your doctor or family planning nurse for more information about the Nexplanon implant and its possible side effects.

By clicking here you can find out more about the contraceptive choices available, including the contraceptive implant, Nexplanon
This link lets you download a pdf of the Nexplanon patient information booklet and diary card, which you can use to monitor changes to your periods during Nexplanon use.
Keep track of when to book your appointment to have Nexplanon removed.



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Date of Preparation March 2014
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