Learn more about the Mirena IUD as a method of birth control

iStock 1060209026 1 Women have a variety of options when it comes to choosing birth control. Birth control helps reduce the chance of becoming pregnant, allowing women to have sexual intercourse with their partners while avoiding pregnancy. While there is no treatment that is 100% effective other than abstinence, the intrauterine device, or IUD, can be extremely reliable for many women in their childbearing years. One of the IUDs available at Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, Florida is the popular Mirena IUD. 

What is Mirena? 

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device that can be inserted into the uterus and held in place to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are extremely effective though they will not prevent STD’s. The trained team at Premier OB/GYN describes the Mirena IUD as a device the provides hormones over the course of up to five years to reduce the risk of pregnancy. It can be placed and removed quickly and easily during a simple office appointment. The device is small, comfortable, and can be kept in place to provide birth control for extended periods of time. The Mirena IUD can also be used in conjunction with other birth control methods including condoms to increase protection. 

How does Mirena work? 

The hormones in the Mirena IUD work by inhibiting sperm from being able to reach and fertilize a woman’s egg. This treatment also thins the lining of the uterus and thickens the cervical mucus to prevent pregnancy and create an inhospitable environment for sperm. It is also placed for women who want to not only prevent pregnancy but deal with heavy menstrual periods. The best candidate for the Mirena IUD is a woman who has had at least one child and wants to prevent pregnancy. To reverse the effects of Mirena, women can have the IUD removed when they are ready to conceive a child again. There may be a few months adjustment to the hormones being removed before conception can occur. 

Discover the benefits of the Mirena IUD 

Women considering hormonal birth control options such as the Mirena IUD are welcome to book an appointment at Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, Florida. The office is located at 5323 4th Avenue and can be reached by calling (941) 745-5115.     

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