Embry Womens Health
OB/GYNs & Women’s Health located in Mesa, AZ
What is Mirena IUD?
Mirena IUD is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD).
Placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider during an office visit
You should do a monthly thread check to make sure it’s in place—ask your healthcare provider to explain how
Placement of Mirena is nonsurgical
Reversible, so you can have it removed at any time and try to become pregnant right away
Placement takes only a few minutes
Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort, dizziness, or spotting during and after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your healthcare provider, as Mirena may not have been properly placed. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.
How effective is Mirena IUD?
Mirena IUD is one of the most effective low-maintenance birth control options
Generally, the less you have to do, the more effective the birth control method tends to be.
Mirena is birth control you don’t have to think about every day or even every year. Once it’s placed, just do a monthly thread check to make sure it’s in the correct position. Ask your healthcare provider to explain how.
How the Mirena IUD Works
Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during and after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your healthcare provider, as Mirena may not have been properly placed. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay. After that Mirena can be checked by your healthcare provider once a year as part of your routine exam.
Mirena is placed in the uterus, not the vagina, so neither you nor your partner should be able to feel it during sex. If you or your partner do feel pain, talk to your healthcare provider.
If you ever have trouble finding the threads or feel more than just the threads, call your healthcare provider right away. And in the meantime, use a non-hormonal form of birth control as a backup.
INDICATIONS FOR MIRENA
Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don’t use Mirena. Less than 1% of users get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain or if Mirena comes out, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If Mirena comes out, use back-up birth control. Mirena may attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems.
- Pregnancy while using Mirena is uncommon but can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.
- Ovarian cysts may occur but usually disappear.
- Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 3 to 6 months and remain irregular. Periods over time usually become shorter, lighter, or may stop.
Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDs.
Only you and your HCP can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is available by prescription only.
For important risk and use information about Mirena, please see Full Prescribing Information.
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