I get a lot of questions about the Implant (Nexplanon):
And most of them are about bleeding.
Here are previous posts of mine answering questions about Nexplanon:
Who has had the Implant?
Is it okay to have constant bleeding with Nexplanon?
Basics about progesterone-only birth control.
Nexplanon side effects
Can leaving in an expired Nexplanon cause problems?
Now, let me remind you that it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. The people who are writing in are writing in about Nexplanon because they’re having problems with it. The people who don’t have problems with it don’t write in. However, I will tell you that I hear a lot more complaints with Nexplanon than with most other birth controls, except for, perhaps, the Depo shot.
So: is there anything to do about the bleeding? Go back to your clinician and ask them to do something about it. Every provider has a different method, but usually it’s a round of oral birth control pills or progesterone-only pills to try to “reset” the cycle.
Besides the bleeding, the other side effects are as follows:
- Headache (24.9% of people reported this side effect in clinical trials)
- Vaginitis (14.5%)
- Weight increase (13.7%)
- Acne (13.5%)
- Breast pain (12.8%)
- Abdominal pain (10.9%)
- Pharyngitis [sore throat] (10.5%)
Other side effects vthat have also been reported include increased appetite, emotion lability (unstable and/or quick emotional changes, which include depressed mood, nervousness, and decreased libido), dizziness, nausea, hot flush, hair loss, fatigue, increased blood pressure and implant site pain or reaction. These all occur in less than 10% of the users.
I have no great solution for you, just maybe to wait it out for 2 more months or so to give it a chance? If it’s driving you crazy, don’t wait and call your clinician right away, but if it’s something bearable, try to wait it out. I encourage everyone to give a new birth control 3 months on probation before deciding if they’re ready to end it. Often times it will have cleared up by then. If not, don’t be shy, get that sucker removed. You don’t need to deal with that.
Prolonged bleeding - Call your provider and ask them if they can do anything. Try their methods, and if it works to “reset” your period, then you’re golden. If it doesn’t work, switch to a different method.