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Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that can provide long-term birth control (contraception). A Mirena can prevent pregnancy for up to five years after insertion.
A Mirena is a T-shaped plastic frame that is inserted into the uterus by your doctor, where it releases a hormone, progestogen, that thickens mucus in the cervix to stop sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg. It also thins the lining of the uterus and partially suppresses ovulation.
Mirena is an extremely effective method of contraception. Once it is inserted, a Mirena can last for up to 5 years. Most Mirena users have no vaginal bleeding at all, or a light regular period. They can also report that periods are less painful. No medications will stop a Mirena from working. You can use a Mirena while breast feeding. When the time comes, a Mirena is easy to remove, and once out, your fertility quickly returns to normal.
There are potential side effects too, though, including possible cramping and headaches, which is why it’s important to have a discussion with your doctor before planning to have a Mirena insertion.
Please visit our Appointments page to book a time for your Mirena consultation with one of the best doctors of Northcote.
Dr Tamsin Franklin from Turn The Corner has prepared this educational video about the benefits of IUDs, and the process of inserting them.
For the optimal viewing experience, please watch the video on a landscape screen.