There are so many conveniently effective birth control options available on the modern market that it can sometimes seem like an impossible task to choose the safest one. For some women, the birth control implant seems to be the right answer, while others take the birth control pill, recieve a shot, use condoms, or simply remain abstinent. Meanwhile, there is a line of women who are seriously asking, “Are birth control implants really safe for me?”
What Are Birth Control Implants?
Essentially, a birth control implant is an internally functioning contraceptive that is used mainly by women who have already had at least one child. However, at this point most doctors are allowing any woman to get a birth control implant. These devices are surgically placed into the vagina right in the doctor’s office and can be kept inside for years. Other forms are placed directly under the skin. Each releases a hormone that prevents pregnancy.
Who Can Use Them?
As mentioned, birth control implants are typically only used by women who have given birth before, though they can be used by women who have not. Because they release hormones into the bloodstream, most birth control implants are usually only placed into ladies who are well passed their initial puberty stages and are not typically given to women who are facing menopause. To find out if your body is ready for a birth control implant, ask your doctor if it is right for you.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Unfortunately there is usually a cost for convenience. As with everything else you put into your body, there will be some side effects. With birth control implants, people often suffer from one or more of the following, though not everyone does:
- Weight gain
- Acne or dry skin
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Depression or anxiety
- Certain mood changes
There are more side effects associated with birth control implants, and discussing those matters should be of paramount importance before you decide to get one placed in your body.
Should I Be Concerned about Any Dangers?
There is a danger of birth control implants becoming implanted into your organs over time. As a matter of fact, there have been several lawsuits about that very thing regarding the Mirena IUD (intrauterine device). You should be concerned about the dangers associated with these implants and be sure to have an honest talk with your OB-GYN before you decide on anything.