Mirena IUD

What is an IUD ?

Intrauterine device (IUD) is a small plastic or metal object placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  IUD’s are popular because they are effective, long-lasting but not permanent.  With an IUD there’s no pill to remember every day and no condom interfering with intimacy. The Mirena can stay in for 5 years or, if you want to become pregnant sooner, can be taken out sooner by your doctor.

How is Mirena different than other IUD’s ?

Unlike other IUD’s that increase bleeding during your period, Mirena decreases and even prevents periods in most women.  This not only helps prevent pregnancy but also relieves most women of their monthly cramping, fatigue, bloating and back aches.

Is it safe to stop my periods ?

Yes !  The Mirena prevents blood from building up in the uterus so it’s safe not to have a period.  Many women hear from the older generations that “it’s not good to stop your period. You need that cleansing every month.”  Research has proven that there is no health benefit to having your period every month so enjoy the benefits of Mirena !

How is Mirena placed ?

Dr. O’Sullivan will prescribe a Cytotec pill the night before your IUD is placed.  Once at the office, she will put in a speculum (like during a Pap), numb the cervix and measure the uterus.  If your uterus is long enough, Dr. O’Sullivan will place the Mirena.  The procedure takes about 5 minutes and is generally well-tolerated.  You may feel a slight pinch as the Mirena goes in and some mild cramping throughout the day.  Ibuprofen is the best for the cramps but they will generally subside within a day or two.

How long will I spot after Mirena is placed ?

Spotting is common for the first 3-6 months after Mirenais placed.  This is supposed to happen ! Mirenaworks by thinning the lining of the uterus but it takes several months to do this.  Wear a pantyliner every day and expect to spot or even have a light period some days.  Eventually it will stop and you will enjoy a life free of periods for the following 4.5 years.

Is Mirena expensive ?

It is actually less expensive than the average birth control pill if you use it for 3 years or longer.