Frequently Asked Questions about Mirena
What is Mirena?
Mirena is an FDA-approved intrauterine device (IUD) that is inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose to use an IUD.
How does it work?
Mirena works by slowly releasing the hormone levonorgestrel to create an inhospitable environment for conception.
Is it right for me?
Only you and your health care provider can decide if Mirena is right for you. It is intended for women who have already had a child. It is not to be used by women who get infections easily, who already have pelvic infections, or who have certain cancers.
How long does the Mirena last?
Once the Mirena is inserted, it can be in place for up to five years. Women who would like to get pregnant within the five year period can remove the Mirena and start trying to conceive right away.
Is Mirena effective?
Bayer claims that Mirena is over 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
How do I get a Mirena?
If you and your doctor decide that Mirena IUD is the right choice for you, you will need to schedule an appointment with your health care provider within seven days of the start of your period. Your healthcare provider will place the device in your uterus. If you just had a baby, you should wait at least six weeks before having it placed.
What to expect when you get the device placed?
Placing the device in your uterus should only take a few minutes. You might experience dizziness, cramping and bleeding. Some discomfort is common. If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort for 30 minutes or more, you should tell your doctor so he or she can make sure it is in the right place.
Who should not use Mirena?
You should not use Mirena if you might be pregnant; if you've had a serious pelvic infection; if you have a pelvic infection now; if you are prone to getting infections; if you have cancer of the uterus or cervix; if you have unexplained vaginal bleeding; if you have breast cancer; if you've had liver disease or a liver tumor; or if you are allergic to levonorgestrel, silicone or polyethylene.
What are the side effects of Mirena?
Possible side effects include dizziness, irregular bleeding or spotting, headaches or migraines, back pain, ovarian cysts and breast tenderness. Visit your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects or any of the following: abdominal pain, skin rash or hives, vaginal itching or irritation, dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes, chest pain, shortness of breath, severe discomfort or any other uncomfortable symptoms.
Are there serious health risks associated with Mirena?
Yes. There have been reports of perforation of the uterus which can lead to serious complications such as abscesses, adhesions and obstruction and perforation of the intestines. There have also been reports of pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs that can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pain.
Can I get pregnant with a Mirena in?
If you get pregnant while the Mirena is in, you might suffer serious complications such as ectopic pregnancy.
Can the device become misplaced?
Yes. If the device migrates, you can suffer serious complications.
Should I contact an attorney?
If you've suffered serious injuries because of a Mirena, you should contact an attorney to find out if you qualify for compensation.