5 Ways Birth Control Medication Can Affect Your Skin

Irritation and Scarring

When many people talk about birth control, they're just talking about the Pill. But oral contraception isn't the only kind of hormonal birth control out there for women. There's the vaginal ring, the shot and some types of IUD.

Any hormonal birth control method can have the effects we've already mentioned, but a few have unique skin concerns. The birth control implant, such as Implanon, can cause scarring where it's been inserted, and the birth control patch can lead to irritation [sources: Planned Parenthood; Planned Parenthood].

Truthfully, you'll never know how your body is going to react to birth control until you take it, so talk to your doctor about your options.

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