Ask the Health Educator: Irregular Periods

Question from June 23, 2015

A while ago I got the birth control implant and I know that it is 99.9% effective, my periods have always been irregular but I usually get my periods around the beginning or ending of a month. I haven’t had my period yet and i have been having sex using a condom. Is there any chance that i could possibly be pregnant?

ANSWER:

One of the side effects of the implant is missed or irregular periods. Many women experience no periods the entire time they are on the implant. Some may have light spotting or bleeding every few months. So, chances are you are not pregnant. You’re just experiencing missed periods due to the implant, which is normal. If you are really worried about pregnancy, you could take a pregnancy test just to be sure.

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