Implants, Rings, Patches & Shots
Jadelle is a type of contraceptive implant – it is 2 small, flexible plastic rods that are inserted under the skin of your upper arm by a medical professional. It is a long-term birth control option for women – it lasts up to 5 years. Note that if you weigh over 60 kg, your doctor may recommend that you have the implant removed or have a new implant inserted after the 4th year.
Jadelle works by slowly releasing the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel and prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of the egg, as well as changing the cervical mucus consistency, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. When Jadelle implants are removed, your fertility will resume.
Key facts about Jadelle
- Jadelle is around 99% effective
- If you do get pregnant while on Jadelle, there is a chance of ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg implants outside of the womb, usually in the fallopian tubes)
- You have the implant removed after five years (although you can have it removed before if it is causing problems) and some doctors will recommend you have it removed after 4 years if you weigh more than 60kg
- The implant is inserted into your upper arm (they usually ask whether you’re right or left handed) and removed by a doctor in a quick process, using local anasthetic
- You should use a back up contraceptive method for a week after insertion
- Jadelle does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (condoms, condoms, condoms!)