Today, women have a lot of options available to them when it comes to contraceptives. Women who do not want to get pregnant, or who want to put pregnancy on hold, will want to speak to the team at Premier OB/GYN to determine the best birth control for their needs. One of the popular choices for women who want to put pregnancy on hold for up to five years is that of the Mirena IUD (Intrauterine device).
How does Mirena work?
The Mirena IUD is a small T-shaped appliance that the doctor will insert and leave in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. While there is no birth control that is 100% effective at protecting against pregnancy, the prevention rate of the IUD is approximately 99%. The IUD is placed into the uterus by a medical professional at Premier OB/GYN and is left for up to five years. The Mirena IUD uses hormones such as progesterone to prevent pregnancy, releasing the hormones gradually over the years. If a woman chooses to use an IUD for over five years, it is recommended that the Mirena IUD be removed and a new one put in place.
Is Mirena different than the ParaGuard IUD?
Some patients who have difficulty with hormone birth controls may instead opt for the ParaGuard IUD which is hormone-free and provides pregnancy prevention for up to 10 years instead of five. Determining the right one for you starts with a consultation appointment at our practice.
What are the benefits of the Mirena IUD?
- High success rate at pregnancy prevention
- Gradual hormone release
- Prevention for up to five years
- May lighten or stop menstrual cycle for some patients
- May be removed to conceive
- Doesn’t require a daily or weekly routine
Are you ready to learn more about the Mirena IUD?
At Premier OB/GYN, we work closely with patients in the area of Bradenton, Florida to help them choose solutions for birth control that fit with their needs and their lifestyles. If you live in the area and are interested in learning more about Mirena, call our practice at (941) 745-5115 and schedule a consultation visit with any one of our various providers.