IMPORTANT: Thorough counseling about bleeding changes and other side effects is an important part of providing the method. Counseling about bleeding changes may be the most important help a woman needs to keep using the method without concern.
|Describe the most common side effects
- Breastfeeding women normally do not have monthly bleeding for several months after giving birth. POPs lengthen this period of time.
- Women who are not breastfeeding may have frequent or irregular bleeding for the first several months, followed by regular bleeding or continued irregular bleeding.
- Headaches, dizziness, breast tenderness, and possibly other side effects.
|Explain about these side effects
- Side effects are not signs of illness. Lack of bleeding does not mean pregnancy.
- Usually become less or stop within the first few months of using POPs. Bleeding changes, however, usually persist.
- Common, but some women do not have them.
|Explain what to do in case of side effects
- Keep taking POPs. Skipping pills risks pregnancy.
- Try taking pills with food or at bedtime to help avoid nausea.
- The client can come back for help if side effects bother her or if she has other concerns.