Information about Jaydess IUD
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 (my first 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. (Source: Beyond The Talk)
Levonorgestrel is a progestogen; that is, an agonist of the progesterone receptor (PR), the main biological target of the progestogen sex hormone progesterone. It is also a weak agonist of the androgen receptor (AR), the main biological target of the androgen sex hormone testosterone.
(Source: Pharmacology of Estrogens and Progestogens: Influence of Different Routes of Administration)
I was surprised to learn that levonorgestrel is the main factor in Plan B birth control methods.
“Take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible after suspected birth control failure or after you have unprotected sexual intercourse. The first dose must be taken within 72 hours. Take the second tablet 12 hours after the first tablet. However, your doctor may instruct you to take Levonorgestrel in a different way. Follow the directions provided by your doctor.” (Source: drugs.com )
Praise the Lord!!
I no longer have a foreign object living in my body (happy dance!)
Okiee… so if you’ve been following a little bit of my journey, you will know that my naturopath diagnosed me with PCOS back in April. I have been going to see my acupuncturist every week for treatment and to implement some lifestyle changes to get my period back and ensure that it’s regular… which still hasn’t happened yet, but I’m manifesting hehe. One of the key lifestyle changes that needed to happen was to have my IUD removed…
If you know me at all… you will know that I will procrastinate the hell out of any type of medical appointment. It’s a talent of mine. 😉
I had been putting off my IUD removal for three months due to fear. Fear of pain. Fear of it getting stuck in my cervix again. Yeah… my first IUD got stuck in my cervix when my MD was taking it out, and I had to be rushed to a gynecologist. Very traumatic experience.
Anyways with the support of my man I finally made the appointment with my family doctor to have my IUD removed. Scared as hell, I made the appointment. We must celebrate the small simple steps. I had three weeks to mentally prepare for this tiny little procedure (if you can even call it a procedure).
Well… two weeks out from my IUD removal, my mom came home and mentioned that my cousin, a midwife would be more than happy to take out my IUD. A little bit of excitement came over me, ahh.. the comfort of her midwifery and not a medical office. I sent her a message on Tuesday, and BOOM… I got my IUD removed on Wednesday, two weeks early.
Thankfully I had an appointment with Anne, my acupuncturist before I was going to see my cousin. Anne put me in a wonderful state of relaxation with her herbal remedies and hitting all the right acupuncture points with her pointy needles!
I was in zen heaven. (Thank you, Anne!)
As I got to the midwifery I felt the fear creep up inside my belly, I started repeating to myself “inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…”
Carrie (my cousin… the midwife) came to get me from the cozy waiting room and brought me up to a cute little examination room. I looked her dead in the eyes and said “I’m really nervous”, and she looked back at me and said “I’m not surprised…” Haha… oh, she knows me so well.
I got up on the table, feet in the stirrups… and well the rest would be pretty graphic so let’s skip ahead. She found the string, and with one big exhale from me, and one tug from her IT WAS OUT! (queue the cramping.) The sense of relief was almost immediate – it was like my body knew that it wouldn’t have to deal with
IUD BE GONE!
Well my friends, I’m IUD free and on absolutely no form of birth control or any type of medication. Hallelujah. I’m organic again – hahaha!
But wait… I’m still not ready for a baby. I’ve done my fair share of research over the last month or so about alternative methods of birth control. I have finally settled on a method that aligns most with my values and health goals.
My next post is going to be about how to help you identify which birth control method is best for you. I will go over the side effects of the birth control pill and/ or the IUD and alternative birth control methods.
So much love, xo