The Jadelle implant is a set of two small rods the size of a matchstick. It is 99% effective and works for up to 5 years. The rods are put under the skin in the inside of your arm., each measuring approximately 2.5 mm in diameter and 43 mm in length. The rods slowly release a hormone called progestogen that prevents pregnancy by stopping your body from releasing an ovum (egg) each month. They also thicken the mucus in your cervix so sperm cannot get to an ovum. The rods are put under the skin in the inside of your arm.
Pregnancy is very rare when using the implant. However, if you do get pregnant, you will need to have the implant taken out. Please note that the implant does not protect yourself from sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
Some of the side effects include;
- irregular periods
- vaginal discharge
- breast pain
- pelvic pain
- weight gain.
Consult your health facility to find out the cost.
Your doctor will probably give you information about other contraceptive methods before giving you the implant.
For the actually procedure, your arm will be cleaned to prep it for the surgery (they insert it in the arm you don’t use a lot, so if you are right handed they do it on the left and vise versa) The doctor will then give you an injection to numb the area. Next, the doctor will make a small incision on the numb area and insert the implant. Lastly, the incision will be stitched and be bandaged.
You will be required to keep the bandage on for three days and will feel a little sore during that time. After a few days you will be pain free.
It is important to note that everyone has a different experience with the implant. Some people love it and experience no negative side effects while some people absolutely loathe it! I have had both experiences. I experienced no side effects the first six months, I only gained three kilograms (3 kg), had no period and no mood swings. However, things went south during the seventh month, I got my period and it didn’t stop. I had to go to the doctor and they prescribed some hormonal balancing meds. The prescription worked but the next time I got my period I’d have to go back for it because my period wouldn’t stop on its own. And because of that, I started being moody! After a few months of this cycle I just wanted it out. I went to the clinic and got it taken out because I just couldn’t take it anymore.
You period might be unpredictable for about two months after removing it because it will still be trying to get your hormones balanced but you should be fine afterwards.