Mirena

The Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a small T-shaped device placed into the uterus by a trained medical professional.  The placement of Mirena is non-surgical, can be done in the office and takes only a few minutes.  Mirena is also 100% reversible, so it can be removed at anytime with a short office visit.

 

Mirena® IUD up close

 

Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during and after placement.  These symtpoms typically go away shortly.

The Mirena is placed in the uterus so neither you or your partner should be able to feel the device during intercourse.

HOW DOES MIRENA WORK TO PREVENT PREGNANCY?

Mirena is an IUD that release small amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus.

This hormone thickens the cervicl mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus, thereby inhibiting it from reaching or fertilizing the egg.

 

Mirena® IUD in uterus

 

EXACTLY HOW SMALL IS MIRENA?

The actual height of the Mirena is only 1.26 inches.

 

What Mirena® looks likeMirena® size compared to pair of stacked diceMirena® size compared to sugar packet

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER MIRENA?

See more children in your future but aren’t ready yet? Or maybe your family is just the right size but you’re not ready for permanent birth control. Either way, Mirena might be right for you if you want birth control that is:

Highly effective—One of the most effective birth control methods—over 99% at preventing pregnancy

Low-maintenance—No daily pills and no monthly refills. It lasts as long as you want, for up to 5 years. The timeframe is up to you. You should do a monthly thread check to make sure it’s in place. Ask your healthcare provider to explain how. You should schedule a follow-up visit 4 to 6 weeks after your Mirena is placed to check that it’s in the right position

Reversible—You can have it removed by your healthcare provider at any time, and try to become pregnant right away

Estrogen-free—It delivers small amounts of progestin locally into your uterus

Approved to treat heavy periods—Mirena is the first and only IUD (intrauterine device) birth control that is FDA-approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine birth control

 

No birth control is right for everyone, so talk to your healthcare provider! They can help you decide if Mirena is the right choice for you.

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