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Mirena® IUD

What Is Mirena®?

Mirena is an intrauterine contraceptive that delivers small amounts of hormone directly to the uterus. Made of soft, flexible plastic, it is put in place by your healthcare provider during an office visit. Mirena is birth control that lasts as long as you want, for up to 5 years, and is also approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. Mirena works continuously, without having to take a pill, without a daily hassle. Once Mirena is properly placed, all you have to do is check the threads once a month. Your healthcare provider can show you how. If you have trouble finding the threads, be sure to use a backup form of birth control and call your healthcare provider.

What Mirena does:

  • Offers an over 99% effective form of contraception, among the most effective forms of birth control
  • Prevents pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years
  • Allows you to try to become pregnant as soon as it is removed by your healthcare provider.
  • Treats heavy periods:
  • In a clinical trial of women with heavy periods, the majority treated with Mirena showed a reduction in bleeding of more than 90% at 6 months.

Is Mirena® Right for Me?

Mirena is recommended for women who have had at least one child. This is because most of the medical research conducted on Mirena for FDA approval was among women who had at least one child.

Whatever stage of life you're in, Mirena offers effective, convenient birth control that you don't have to think about taking every day, every week or every year. Once Mirena is properly placed, all you have to do is check the threads once a month. Your healthcare provider can show you how. If you have trouble finding the threads, be sure to use a backup form of birth control and call your healthcare provider.

Mirena offers a flexible option if you have had at least one child and:

  • You had a baby and want to explore your birth control options
  • You want to have more children
  • You are unsure if you want more children
  • You are happy with your family size the way it is
  • You want birth control without a daily routine

What does Mirena look like?

Mirena is T-shaped and made of soft, flexible plastic that is placed in the uterus by your healthcare provider during an office visit. It's designed to be small and comfortable, so that you and your partner most likely won't even feel like it's there.

How does Mirena work?

Mirena slowly releases very small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel directly into your uterus.

There is no single explanation for how Mirena works. Mirena may:

  • Thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus
  • Inhibit sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
  • Make the lining of your uterus thin

Mirena may stop the release of your egg from your ovary, but this is not the way it works in most cases. Most likely the above actions work together to prevent pregnancy. Like other forms of birth control, Mirena is not 100% effective.

To learn more about Mirena IUD, please visit Mirena-us.com