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    Birth Control capsule implant in arm
    An_246407 posted:
    Dear Jane,
    After completion of five years of the birth control capsule implant in arm, i have get it removed on 28 June 2012. and one week after the removal i have started bleeding. During the five years i have experienced following side effects:
    - many days in a row of spotting or bleeding.
    - did not know ahead of time when will spot or bleed
    - spotting between periods.
    please tell if the manstural cycles would get normal or not?
    and would i recover my weight loss?
    what should i do about this condition, is it normal after removal?
    how much time will it take to get normal?

    georgiagail responded:
    From the attached article, spotting or bleeding seems to be the most common side effect while on this type of birth control.

    It is not unusual to begin a menstrual period after stopping hormone type birth control.

    seema_123 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Thanks and regards

    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP replied to seema_123's response:
    Dear Seema: Gail is correct, but I would like to add some additional information to your question about how long it will take for normal hormonal patterns to appear. Implanon contains a synthetic progesterone (etongestrel), but of a different type than DepoProvera. While it may take five months for the metabolites of Depo to clear the body, etongrestrel is not found after 7 days following Implanon removal (Huber, 1998). Return to ovulation and fertility can occur at about 3 months (Kiriwat, 1998 & Funk, 2005).

    You also mentioned weigh loss. If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are at a body mass index (BMI) of 19 or less (considered underweight), this can impact regular ovulations.


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