Contraceptive Implant: Bye Bye The Rules?

contraceptive implant and periods, effects on the menstrual cycle

Are you considering the contraceptive implant? If you are looking for a reliable, long-term method of contraception, the implant may be a great option. However, it is important to understand that the implant can affect your menstrual cycle in different ways.

Ready to learn more about the implant and its effects on your period?

What is a contraceptive implant?

The contraceptive implant is a small device inserted under the skin of the arm by a healthcare professional. It continuously releases progesterone, a hormone that prevents ovulation and makes pregnancy almost impossible. With an effectiveness of 99%, the implant offers long-lasting contraception for 3 to 5 years depending on the model.

The use of this micro-progestogen makes it possible to prevent pregnancy by blocking ovulation and modifying the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to pass to the uterus. For most women, the use of a subcutaneous contraceptive implant will have an impact on both contraception and menstruation.

Benefits of the contraceptive implant

  • Discreet and practical: Once inserted, you don't have to think about it anymore.
  • High efficiency: 99% reliability when used correctly.
  • Reversible: Fertility regained quickly after withdrawal.
  • Reduces rules or removes them: Ideal for those who suffer from heavy or painful periods.
  • Reduced risk of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

How does the implant affect periods?

One of the most notable effects of the contraceptive implant is its impact on periods. For most women, the implant changes the menstrual cycle in a positive way, making it:

  • Less common: Bleeding or periods may become less frequent or even stop altogether. This is explained by the reduced production of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle.
  • Less abundant: The menstrual flow is often less heavy with the implant, which can provide relief to women who suffer from bleeding periods.
  • Less painful: Menstrual cramps and pain (dysmenorrhea) often decrease or disappear completely in women who use an implant.

The impact on the menstrual cycle can vary from one woman to another, and some may observe more or less significant changes.

  • Irregular bleeding: Light bleeding or spotting (small bleeding outside of periods) may occur, especially in the first months after implant placement. This bleeding usually subsides over time.
  • Absence of periods (amenorrhea): This is a common effect and often appreciated by women. However, it is important to remember that the absence of periods does not mean that pregnancy is impossible. It is therefore crucial to continue to use an effective method of contraception and to take a pregnancy test if in doubt.
  • Return of periods after removal of the implant: The menstrual cycle usually returns to normal within a few months after the implant is removed.

Important points to remember:

  • The implant has no effect on fertility. Once removed, the ability to conceive quickly returns to normal.
  • Side effects of the implant, including those on menstruation, usually fade over time.

Are there any risks associated with implants?

As with all other birth control methods, there are risks associated with using a contraceptive implant. These risks include complications during insertion or removal of the implant, infections, irregular bleeding and abdominal pain. There are also specific risks, such as migration of the implant, perforation of the uterus or displacement of the implant which can make it difficult to remove it.

It is important to note that these side effects are usually mild and temporary. However, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of using the contraceptive implant with your doctor before making a decision about whether this method is suitable for your personal situation.

Should I remove my implant in case of irregular periods?

It is essential to discuss with your doctor when you experience any adverse effects in the use of a contraceptive implant. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the implant to resolve these issues.

However, this irregular bleeding may be temporary and improve over time. It is therefore important to consult your doctor before making a decision to remove the implant to assess the personal situation and the associated risks.

How to stop periods when you have an implant?

The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones. The contraceptive implant sends constant doses of hormones through the body, which prevents ovulation and therefore menstruation. However, you may still have light or irregular bleeding while you have the implant. 

What are the alternatives to the implant?

There are many other birth control methods used to prevent pregnancy besides the contraceptive implant. The most commonly used methods include hormonal and non-hormonal birth control:

  • La contraceptive pill : a hormonal method that involves taking tablets containing hormones that prevent ovulation.
  • Le condom: a means that protects against sexually transmitted diseases in addition to preventing pregnancy.
  • La sterilization: a permanent procedure that prevents fertilization by blocking the fallopian tubes or removing the testicles.
  • Le diaphragm: a physical barrier that is inserted into the vagina to block sperm.
  • La morning after pill which is used after unprotected intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
  • The pose of a IUD ou intrauterine device (IUD) which is a small T-shaped object that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and it is important to discuss with your doctor to know which method of contraception is adapted to your personal situation.

Some methods do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so it is essential to combine methods for complete protection.

Who is the contraceptive implant for?

The implant may be suitable for most women of childbearing age, including those who:

  • Want long-term contraception without taking daily pills.
  • Have difficulty remembering to take their birth control pill.
  • Suffer from heavy or painful periods.
  • Cannot use contraceptives containing estrogen.
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