What is the Jaydess IUD?
An IUD is a small device which is placed inside the uterus. The vertical arm of this IUD contains levonorgestrel. This hormone is a progestin much like the progesterone ovaries produce. The average effective hormone level in the blood is only 6mcg which is approximately 1/3 that of the Mirena IUD. The levonorgestrel causes the cervical mucus to become thicker so sperm cannot reach the egg and the hormone also thins the lining of the uterus. An IUD does not cause an abortion.
How effective is the Jaydess IUD?
The Jaydess is 99.6% effective against pregnancy. Among typical users approx. 4 in 1,000 (.4%) will experience a pregnancy in the first year of use.
What are the advantages of the Jaydess IUD?
- Jaydess is highly effective
- Jaydess is effective for up to 3 years.
- Once Jaydess is removed, fertility returns rapidly.
- IUDs are safe, inexpensive over time, and provide extremely effective long-term contraception.
- All you have to do is check for the strings each month.
- Jaydess may be used by people who cannot use estrogen containing birth control pills, patches or vaginal rings including breastfeeding users.
- Jaydess may be inserted 6 weeks following the delivery of a baby or immediately after an abortion.
What are the possible side effects and disadvantages of the Jaydess IUD?
- There are usually more bleeding days than typical and irregular bleeding/spotting for the first 3-6 months.
- There is a greater than 10% chance of side effects including irregular bleeding, heavier or lighter periods, headaches, acne/oily skin, ovarian cyst, and abdominal/pelvic pain.
- There is a 1-10% chance of side effects including migraine, breast pain, mood changes, hair loss, and an increase/change in vaginal discharge
- Some users stop getting regular menstrual bleeding, this is safe (approx. 12% of users)
- There may be discomfort at the insertion of the device.
- An IUD does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections. We encourage the use of condoms to reduce risk.
There is a high initial cost of Jaydess, approximately $290+, depending on where you purchase it from. It may be covered by extended drug plans. The cost of the IUD is non-refundable
What are the Risks of the Jaydess IUD?
- There is a 1 in 20 risk of the IUD being expelled, usually in the first year of use.
- There is a 1 in 1000 risk of uterine perforation at the time of insertion.
- There is a 1 in 100 risk of pelvic infection in the 20 days following insertion but the risk is the same as a non-IUD user thereafter.
- If you miss a period, you must get a pregnancy test and see a physician to rule out pregnancy.
How can I start using the Jaydess IUD?
The Jaydess IUD can be inserted by a trained physician. Island Sexual Health Society (250-592-3479) runs designated IUD clinics with trained physicians.
- We ask interested clients to get pre-screened for cervical or vaginal infections at either ISHS or their family doctor before the insertion.
- If you use condoms only, please abstain from sex from your last period until the IUD can be inserted.
- If you are using the pill, patch, or ring continue using this method until 7 days after your insertion.
- If the risk of pregnancy can be excluded, an IUD may be inserted at any time in your cycle.
- You can expect some strong menstrual type cramping at the time of insertion and for about 20 minutes after. The insertion itself usually takes less than 5 minutes.
- It is convenient if someone can drive you home from the insertion appointment.
- Be sure you are comfortable locating your cervix prior to insertion (your vagina feels like the inside of your mouth and your cervix feels firm like the end of your nose)
Remember that IUDs provide no protection against sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to protect yourself and your partner(s).