Exciting news ladies! Kyleena is new, low dose hormonal IUD and it will be available after the 1st March 2020. Whoo hoo! This is a major development in women’s health care.
Some of you will be familiar with the Mirena IUD – this has been available since 2000 and has been very helpful as a long acting, reliable contraceptive method as well as managing heavy, painful periods. It is also a safe option for hormone replacement therapy. Around the world, we have seen a significant reduction in the need for hysterectomy as a way of managing heavy periods.
Mirena has a little sister – Kyleena
I’m pleased to be able to tell you about Mirena’s little sister – the Kyleena. The Klyeena has less progesterone than the Mirena: 19.5mg compared to 52mg over 5 years. The actual IUD is smaller and therefore easier to insert. This is particularly important for women who have never had a baby, who may have been worried about the discomfort of having a Mirena inserted. I’ve been lucky enough to have inserted one already, and I’m impressed!
The photograph below shows the Mirena on the left (green inserter) and the Kyleena (grey inserter) on the right. You can see the difference in size.
The early research tells us that most women will continue to ovulate with the Kyleena (about 88% at the end of the first year), so there is minimal impact on your own hormones. It is just as reliable as the Mirena for contraception. My understanding of the research is that Kyleena will be particularly helpful for women who have had issues with side effects of progesterone – symptoms such as fluid retention, weight gain, acne, moodiness or depression – that are sometimes experienced with the oral contraceptive pill, Implanon or even the Mirena IUD.
Women can still use menstrual cups and tampons with either the Mirena or the Kyleena.
So good to have more choices. That’s what every woman wants….Oh, and chocolate with no calories please!
Dr Tonia Mezzini has been helping women to chose the best method of contraception for many years. If you would like expert advice on contraception, make an appointment to see Dr Tonia Mezzini today.
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- Recurrent thrush
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