Kyleena is an intrauterine device (IUD) which is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. While our team at Nurx™ does not offer Kyleena, it is helpful to learn about this form of birth control if you are thinking of switching to a long-term option instead of the one you currently use.
Kyleena is a five year IUD, which means it can prevent pregnancy for up to five years after insertion. However, if you decide that you are ready to have kids or no longer want to stay on Kyleena, your health care provider can remove the IUD for you.
- How Does Kyleena Work?
Kyleena is a T-shaped IUD that is inserted with an applicator by your health care provider. They will place Kyleena and then cut two strings at the end that you will be able to feel inside your vagina. These strings are how you can check that Kyleena is still in place and will make removal by your medical provider easier.
Kyleena slowly releases progestin over the course of five years, starting with a stronger dose for the first year and then lowering the dose over the following years. This does not mean that Kyleena is less effective but rather that the body is adjusting to the hormones.
- How Can You Get Kyleena?
Ask your health care provider if they would recommend Kyleena for you. They will typically conduct a pelvic exam to make sure that your uterus is right for this form of birth control and will consider other factors like lifestyle and reproductive goals.
Some insurance providers cover Kyleena but not all of them. You may end up paying between $500 to $800 for the IUD, with additional costs related to your doctor's services. Some women pay up to $1,300 for Kyleena. While this may seem like an expensive cost up front, many women feel the benefits of not worrying about birth control for five years outweigh the costs.
- What Precautions Are Associated with Kyleena?
While Kyleena insertion is a safe procedure, there are some potential complications that may arise. You may experience some pain or dizziness right after insertion, but this should clear up within 30 minutes.
Many women experience cramping or bleeding for several days or weeks after their Kyleena insertion. Your doctor should schedule a follow-up appointment one month after the insertion to check Kyleena and make sure these symptoms are clearing up.
Perforation and expulsion are two of the biggest risks with IUDs. Perforation occurs when the IUD punctures the uterine wall, and expulsion is when the body rejects the IUD and pushes it out. However, instances of this are limited, and most women don't have to worry about problems with placement or rejection after the first few weeks with the IUD.
- What Are Some Side Effects of Kyleena?
Everyone reacts to birth control in unique ways and almost all forms of birth control come with side effects. However, some of the most common side effects reported with Kyleena include ovarian cysts, increased bleeding, worsened cramps, acne, migraines, uterine spasms, and breast pain.
While Kyleena is approved for women who have not given birth, it is not appropriate for all women. Tell your doctor about any infections you may have or medications you are on.
- Does Kyleena Have Estrogen?
Kyleena does not contain estrogen. It only contains a progestin hormone.
- Does Kyleena Cause Acne?
While side effects are uncommon on Kyleena, studies have found a correlation between IUDs and acne. However, most women will not notice changes in their skin after IUD insertion. Talk to your doctor if you develop acne and it becomes severe.
- What Else Should I Know About Kyleena?
During the first three to six months on Kyleena, you may experience irregular bleeding. However, this will clear up over time. Some women even stop having periods altogether when they are on Kyleena, but these typically resume after the IUD is removed.
- How Does Nurx™ Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.