For women seeking a long-term, reversible method of birth control, the Mirena® IUD is one of the most effective devices on the market. This hormone-releasing system is placed in your uterus and designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years – you won’t even know it’s there! When you are ready to start a family, you can have the Mirena® device removed, and there is no wait time to observe before you begin conception.
Mirena® was approved by the FDA in 2000 for use as a contraception device, and in 2009 as a treatment for heavy periods. The hormone levonorgestrel is released from the IUD into the uterus, and thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from fertilization.
Having Mirena® Placed:
- Inserted by your healthcare provider during an office visit
- Typically takes just a few minutes
- Cramps, dizziness and/or bleeding are common side effects. Ask your healthcare provider about over-the-counter pain medication you can take to minimize cramps
- Let your healthcare provider know if your side effects are severe or last more than 30 minutes as Mirena may not have been properly placed.
Mirena® is recommended for patients who have already had one or more children and seek long-term but not permanent birth control. If you have experienced pelvic infections or illnesses in the past, this device may not be recommended for your use. We strongly advise a consultation with one of our doctors to determine the right birth control method for you.
For more questions on Mirena® and other types of contraception, please call The Group for Women at 757-466-5751.
The Group for Women is a leader in women’s healthcare providing OBGYN services, Urogynecology, Birth Control, Hormone Replacement Therapy, office procedures and minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures to patients in the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton throughout Hampton Roads and beyond. Call us today for your appointment 757-466-5751.