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Side Effects, Health Benefits, and Health Risks
Side Effects (see also Managing Any Problems)
Some users report the following:
- Changes in bleeding patterns,† including:
Bleeding changes are normal and not harmful. If a woman finds them bothersome, counseling and support can help.
- For breastfeeding women, longer delay in return of monthly bleeding after childbirth (lengthened postpartum amenorrhea)
- Frequent bleeding
- Irregular bleeding
- Infrequent bleeding
- Prolonged bleeding
- No monthly bleeding
Breastfeeding also affects a woman’s bleeding patterns.
- Mood changes
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal pain
Other possible physical changes:
- For women not breastfeeding, enlarged ovarian follicles
Known Health Benefits
Known Health Risks
Help protect against:
†For definitions of bleeding patterns, see "vaginal bleeding" in the Glossary.