• About Mirena – Birth control for busy moms

    Mirena is an FDA-approved intrauterine device (IUD) that is recommended for women who’ve had a child. It’s made of soft, flexible plastic. Getting Mirena is nonsurgical, and placement is done by your healthcare provider during a routine office visit. It typically takes just a few minutes.

    Every woman is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during or after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your healthcare provider. Within 4 to 6 weeks you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.

    Talk to your healthcare provider about Mirena if you’re looking for birth control that is:
    Highly Effective—One of the most effective birth control methods—over 99%—and does not rely on you to be effective

    Convenient—No daily pills and no monthly refills. It lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. The timeframe is up to you. You should do a monthly self-check to make sure it’s in place. Ask your healthcare provider to explain how

    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 birth control that’s FDA-approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine birth control

    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 infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, see your healthcare provider.

    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.

    Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

    Mirena lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years.

    If you have any questions about Mirena, have a conversation with your healthcare provider, who can help you decide which birth control option is best for you.

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