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- Lasts up to 3 years.
- Can reduce the number of days and amount of menstrual bleeding. Scanty or no menses reduces problems with anemia.
- Decreases cyclic menstrual cramps, pain, mood changes, headaches, breast tenderness, and/or nausea.
- Suppresses pain associated with ovulation.
- Decreases risk of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- Contraceptive effects are reversed immediately after removal.
- Possibility of menstrual cycle disturbance
- Possibility of weight gain
- Possibility of depression in some women
- Does not protect against HIV or other STD's
- Allergic reaction to progestin-only formulations (rare)
- Effectiveness can be lowered with use of some medications
- Increases risk for ectopic pregnancy
- Complications of insertion or removal such as: pain, scarring/keloid formation, infection, rare expulsion of the implant, scar tissue formation around the implant making it difficult to remove, and an implant may break.
- Ovarian cysts may develop but usually go away without any treatment.