Birth control implant travels to the lungs

By ayomipovhik • 19 days ago • 360 views • 101 comments
Birth control implant travels to the lungs

The birth control pill was first introduced to the American public for contraceptive use in 1960. By 2002, 11.6 million women in the United States were taking it regularly, making it the nation’s leading method of contraception. Today, there are over a dozen options for contraception, including intrauterine contraception (IUD), barrier contraception such as the diaphragm and hormonal methods such as the implant, the shot and the patch.


Hormonal forms of birth control contain or release synthetic forms of hormones, such as estrogen and progestin (a form of progesterone), which work to prevent pregnancy in various ways. The problem is that these sex hormones also affect mood and other biological processes and artificially manipulating them can lead to many unintended consequences in your body, some of them uncomfortable and some quite serious, including altering your mental health. The safety of hormonal birth control has been a topic of controversy for quite some time. A 31-year-old woman in Portugal recently had a scare when her birth control implant ended up somewhere it wasn’t intended to be — her lung.


According to a recent report published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, the woman had a hormonal birth control implant inserted into her arm, expected to last for up to five years. The small, rod-shaped device was placed under the woman’s skin to regularly release hormones into her bloodstream to help prevent pregnancy. When she began experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, doctors decided to remove the device — but they couldn’t find it. After preforming an X-ray, doctors realized the implant was in the woman’s left lung. As a result, she was forced to undergo surgery to remove the implant.

While migration isn’t extremely common, it can indeed happen. Women using hormonal birth control methods are also at a greater risk of suffering from migraines, mood changes, yeast overgrowth and infection, weight gain, fatal blood clots, impaired muscle gains, heart disease, thinner bones, cancer and more.


If you’re suffering from any birth control side effects, or you’re concerned about what hormonal birth control might be doing to your body, you may be relieved to learn that you don't have to subject yourself to the risks of hormonal contraception, or learn to live with the side effects, in order to take control of your reproductive health. An experienced holistic health care provider can help you choose the best nonhormonal contraception options for you.


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