Does nexplanon implant cause headaches?

How our community feel they have been impacted by headaches on nexplanon implant

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Out of the 576 reviews for nexplanon implant, 0 people (0%) reported headaches.

Reviewers that reported headaches as a side effect

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

For two years I had good and bad experiences with the Implant. I would definitely say the negative side effects definitely fall under mental health (depression and mood swings), sometimes I would get nausea to the point of wanting to vomit everywhere, migraines, lower back pain. My libido is below low levels. I think I lost myself over this 2 years, I don't feel like the same person mentally. However, this is the best contraception in terms of insertion and daily practicality. I wanted to start having contraception but I didn't want the pill (because I am very forgetful), I didn't want the diaphragm (too complicated) but this one was just perfect and painless procedure. Also, my body changed a little bit over the years but it was because I started being careless with my eating habits, so it is easy for your weight to change with the implant. And in terms of hair and skin, for me it didn't change much, I would get a pimple every now and then but it would go away by itself. If it wasn't for the mental health for sure I wouldn't take it out.

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Very negative mood

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

I was originally on the Evra patch, but I got the implant as I was moving from the UK to NZ - where the patch is not available and id have to pay out of pocket for any other kind of pill. My experience was awful. I had constant, nonstop breakthrough bleeding, anxiety, stress, depression, suicidal ideation and no libido. I was very sensitive to stress and pollen so would come home from work and be absolutely drained, stuck in bed with an awful headache. I was bloated all the time and gained weight as I was bingeing to help deal with the stress of moving and my side effects from the implant - I suffer from an eating disorder… I was a mess. Not a great mix when you move to the other side of the world with your boyfriend. I do deal with real bad dryness around ovulation when I’m not on any contraception - so the patch and implant did help with that - but of course bleeding for 4 months straight did not help anything else. My doctor was very worried about my iron levels… Everything got so bad with my moods and the physical side effects, my boyfriend was like “you need to sort this out and have it remove or think about moving home…” I had it removed in November 2022. Currently not on any contraception but thinking about Yaz or Yasmin. Although not subsidised here in New Zealand, everything else available that is subsidised has a high androgenic strength. Not impressed, however i had a very good experience with Yasmin back in 2017, so maybe it’s best I eat up the £75 charge for 6 months worth? Can’t wait to move back home so I have access to free contraception lol.

Very negative mood

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Persistent thrush immediately after getting it fitted, also VERY low mood when period is due and generally more emotional.

Somewhat negative mood

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Nexplanon implant common side effects

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51% of nexplanon implant reviewers reported tender breasts

44% of nexplanon implant reviewers reported period like cramps

42% of nexplanon implant reviewers reported vaginal discharge

38% of nexplanon implant reviewers reported vaginal dryness

36% of nexplanon implant reviewers reported lower back pain

Possible nexplanon implant side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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