Topic Tuesday: Mirena - UP TO 5 years

“Can the Mirena be taken out at any time or do you have to wait the 5 years?”

One of the best things about Mirena is that it lasts for UP TO 5 years. That means, you can take it out before five years if you choose! It is absolutely safe to take it out earlier than the full 5-year timeframe, and just as effective during the time you have it.

That is true for the timeframe on all IUDs and Nexplanon!

  • Mirena IUD: up to 5 years
  • Kyleena: up to 5years 
  • Paragard IUD: up to 10 years
  • Nexplanon: up to 3 years

We love this about LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) because may women don’t know exactly what they want years from now, but they do know they currently don’t want to get pregnant any time soon. We recommend LARC to any woman who doesn’t want to get pregnant for at least a year. If you decide you want to have a baby in say 2-3 years, you can have it taken out early, and you return to normal fertility immediately unlike many other forms of birth control.

Like with all IUDs and Nexplanon, Mirena is a worry-free birth control that you can get and forget! You don’t have to think about it every day, month, or even year. This makes it a great long term or semi-long term option for women.

Interest in learning more about whether Mirena is right for you? Make an appointment to speak to a Care Coordinator about all of your birth control options.