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A good option for contraception

7 Years

Can prevent pregnancy for up to 7 years


Mirena Hormonal IUD

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine T-shaped plastic device (IUD) designed to provide long term birth control / contraception. It can prevent pregnancy for up to 7 years.

The device is inserted into the uterus where is releases a hormone called progestin. Mirena thickens mucus in the cervix which prevents sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg. The Mirena also thins the lining of the uterus and partially suppresses ovulation.

Is Mirena right for you?

Why Choose Mirena

Mirena has many benefits as a choice for birth control, including:

  • Effective for up to 7 years
  • No need to remember to take a pill daily
  • Doesn’t have the side effects many birth controls have that contain estrogen


Mirena is used and effective for more than just pregnancy prevention.

Many woman are prescribed Mirena for reasons other than the contraceptive benefits including:

  • Reduced heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Reduced cramping and pain associated with periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Reduce risk of pelvic infection
  • Anemia
  • And more

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Mirena isn’t for everyone

Mirena isn’t right for everyone. Your Doctor at Mercy Family Medical Clinic may discourage you from chosing Mirena if you have:

  • Breast cancer or have had it
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Uterine conditions
  • Pelvic infection / inflammatory disease


Speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have.

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Side Effects

Whilst Mirena IUD is generally safe, it is important to remeber that it does not protect you against STI’s and in rare cases it can cause perfoation of the uterus.



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IUD Copper

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to provide contraception. One type of IUD is the copper IUD, which is wrapped in copper wire.

The copper in the IUD works as a spermicide and creates an inflammatory reaction in the uterus that is toxic to sperm, which prevents fertilisation. Copper IUDs can last for several years and are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Some potential side effects of the copper IUD include heavier periods and cramping, especially in the first few months after insertion. However, many women find that these side effects decrease over time, and the copper IUD is generally considered safe and well-tolerated.

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The Process

Mirena & Copper Insertion Process

Prior to the IUD insertion your Doctor will evaluate your overall health and exam your pelvis. You may be screened for STIs. The IUD is generally inserted in our doctors offices.

The IUD can be inserted anytime during your menstrual cycle as long as you’re not pregnant or immediately after a pregnancy termination.

Your Doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and clean your vagina and cervix with an antiseptic solution. Special instruments might be used to gently align your cervical canal and uterine cavity and to measure the depth of your uterine cavity.

The tube is inserted into your cervical canal, and IUD is carefully placed in your uterus. When the applicator tube is removed, the IUD will remain in place.

Your health care provider will trim the IUD’s string so that they don’t protrude too far into the vagina.

Please speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using IUD’s.

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