Mirena IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD), also known as a intrauterine contraceptive (IUC), is a small, flexible “T” shaped device that is placed inside of the uterus.  These long-acting birth control devices can provide pregnancy prevention for 3-10 years depending on which IUD you choose.  Mirena IUD is small, safe, and highly effective.  IUD’s can be placed during a routine office visit in a matter of minutes.

Mirena

Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It gives you birth control you can count on for up to 5 years.

  • Mirena IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
  • You can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. Within a year of having Mirena removed, about 8 out of 10 women succeed at becoming pregnant
  • Mirena is also proven to reduce heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.

How can I get a Mirena IUD?

IUDs must be placed by a trained medical professional during an office visit. The IUD is T-shaped and it is inserted through your cervix with a special placement device. The IUDs have two small strings that can be felt outside of your cervix but inside your vagina. Your health care provided will teach you how to locate these strings. An IUD is most often placed during your period, but can be placed at other times of your cycle (as long as your provider can be sure that you are not pregnant).

Are their risks?

About half the women who choose IUDs experience pain and or cramping during insertion which is usually treated with Ibuprofen (or other NSAID pain medication) or local anesthesia. Mirena may stop your period, which is desirable for most women, but may not be tolerated by others. IUDs may cause spotting and cramping for three to six months. Approximately 5% of women may spontaneously expel the IUD. A rare but serious side effect of an IUD is perforation of the uterus. Perforation or an embedded IUD can be treated and occurs in less than 1 out of 1000 insertions.

What are the benefits?

IUDs are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and it is a form of contraception that you don’t have to think about every day, month, or even year. Mirena IUD has many non-contraceptive benefits as well. It can help treat women with heavy periods and reduce the pain associated with fibroids, irregular bleeding, and anemia. Some studies also show that Mirena can reduce the risk of uterine cancer.

Can I take it out early?

Yes, you may request that your provider take out your IUD at any time prior to the removal date. Reasons to take out the device early include; irregular bleeding, unexpected side effects that are intolerable for you, or you decide that you would like to become pregnant. Women can get pregnant right away after removal of an IUD as they return to their normal fertility immediately.
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