What Is Mirena IUD All About?

A contraceptive device that is used widely by women to prevent unwanted pregnancies, Mirena IUD is a T-shaped frame with strings that is placed within the uterus. The device helps in releasing progestin, a hormone that makes the mucus in the cervix viscous and makes the endometrium thin to keep sperm from entering the fallopian tubes. Another way that Mirena helps is in suppressing ovulation to a certain extent.

Mirena IUD is a widely preferred option and device by many women

How Is Mirena IUD Beneficial?

As a contraceptive method, Mirena IUD is more beneficial than most other contraceptive techniques. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Can be removed at any time with the assurance of returning to fertility immediately
  • Helps in reducing menstrual bleeding
  • Helps in reducing menstrual pain within a few months of insertion
  • Helps reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, pelvic inflammatory diseases, etc.
  • Helps eliminate the effects caused by contraceptive methods that contain oestrogen
How Does The Procedure Work?

The Mirena IUD treatment is a preferred  contraceptive method offering long-term solutions that prevent pregnancies for as long as 5 years from the time of insertion.

To carry out the Mirena IUD procedure, the gynaecologist you are taking the treatment from inserts a speculum in the vagina to ensure it remains open throughout the procedure. Once the cervix and vagina are cleaned using an antiseptic solution, an alignment is made of the cervical canal as well as the uterine cavity, using the necessary instruments. The depth of the uterine cavity is also measured in order to figure out the best way to get the device in. The Mirena device is then placed within an applicator tube by bending the arms of the device after which this tube is inserted within the cervical canal to be placed in the uterus. The gynaecologist will then remove the tube and trim off the strings of the device.

Can Anyone Undergo This Treatment?

While the Mirena IUD treatment is safe to use and is highly recommended in the medical field not all women can be offered this option. Some women who are diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, breast, cervix, or liver, or have any uterine abnormalities such as vaginal inflammation, fibroids, abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic inflammatory diseases or infection are may not be suitable for the Mirena IUCD device. This will be determined with consultation with your health care professional

Effects Of Using The Mirena IUD Device

One of the most important things to know about this treatment is that it is safe to undergo with minimal side effects. However, some women may feel giddy or experience a slowing of the heart rate or low blood pressure.

Another important factor to remember about this procedure is that while it does work to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the treatment in no way helps protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.

Your doctor will explain all the risks and benefits of your investigations and treatments beforehand.