What You Need To Know About IUD Mirena
Mirena is an IUD – an intrauterine device, which is a tiny, T-shaped device that is insterted into the uterus. It must be placed in the uterus by a healthcare provider such as a gynocologist or a family doctor. It works to prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm from entering the egg. It also releases hormones into the woman’s body throughout the time it is in place, which can reduce menstrual bleeding or stop it entirely. It is for this reason that the IUD Mirena is also prescribed for the treatment of heavy periods. In the first few months of taking Mirena, spotting or light bleeding is common.
The IUD Mirena is chosen by many women because it is 99% effective, can remain in place for up to five years (but can be removed at any time), and doesn’t require taking pills daily like traditional birth control pills. In fact, about 2 million women in the United States have chosen Mirena as their primary method of birth control. If inserted within 7 days after the beginning of your menstrual cycle, it is immediately effective. If it is inserted at any other time, you must use another form of contraception for 7 days, as it will then take effect. It does not protect against STDs, however, so you must keep that in mind when using the IUD Mirena. Also, you should not have Mirena inserted if you just had a baby; you should wait at least 6 weeks after giving birth.
If you and your healthcare provider decide that Mirena would be an appropriate contraceptive method for you, you can expect a simple office visit. Placement usually takes only a few minutes, and some discomfort is sometimes reported. After Mirena has been inserted, your healthcare provider will make sure that it is in the correct place. Immediately after insertion, you may experience dizziness or cramps, but they go away quickly. If these symptoms last for more than 30 minutes, you should have your healthcare provider double check to see that it was inserted properly or if another IUD must be used. After insertion, if you experience severe abdominal pain, cramps, or the IUD falls out, you should contact your doctor immediately. Women who are pregnant or are prone to pelvic infections should not take Mirena. Talk to your doctor to see if Mirena could be right for you.
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