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Can I take oral contraceptives while using mirena (levonorgestrel) also?

Can I take oral contraceptives while using mirena (levonorgestrel) also?

Not 4 contraception.: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) intrauterine device is one of the most effective birth control methods available. There is no need to take oral contraceptives (a less effective form of birth control) for contraception. If your doctor has prescribed oral contraceptives for a reason other than birth control, (e.g. Acne vulgaris) you should discuss your concerns with him/her. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


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What is the best contraceptive for my age I have tried mirena (levonorgestrel) coil but my body rejected it 7 weeks after insertion, my BMI is 39 and i smoke

What is the best contraceptive for my age I have tried mirena (levonorgestrel) coil but my body rejected it 7 weeks after insertion, my BMI is 39 and i smoke

Tubal ligation: My first question would be how many pregnancies have you had and the number of living children. If you feel you that you want no further pregnancies and you have risk factors against using several other forms of birth control, as you do, I would consider a tubal ligation. It is possible to do this under general anesthesia and via the laparoscope. You will have a much shorter recovery time. ...Read more

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Can I take the contraceptive pill straight away after having mirena (levonorgestrel) coil removed and will I bleed a lot after removal if im back on the pill?

Can I take the contraceptive pill straight away after having mirena (levonorgestrel) coil removed and will I bleed a lot after removal if im back on the pill?

Bleeding after Miren: If you start taking ocp's immediatly after Mirena (levonorgestrel) removal yuo'll probably bleed less;it may take actually to finish the packn of ocp before you'd see any bleeding. ...Read more

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I have familial hemiplegic migraine. I know it is dangerous to take contraceptive pills. I quited. What other safe methods? Implanon?Mirena? is ok?

I have familial hemiplegic migraine. I know it is dangerous to take contraceptive pills. I quited. What other safe methods? Implanon?Mirena? is ok?

Migraine & The Pill: Hemiplegic migraine or migraine with aura are contraindications to so-called combined contraception. That is - estrogen may make these conditions worse and lead to risk of stroke. Progestin-only contraception is deemed safe in the condition of hemiplegic migraine. Implanon is one option. Talk to your provider about other progestin-only options. ...Read more

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Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?

Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?

Both choices - good: Mirena (levonorgestrel) - the Progestin only IUD would be a very good choice. I recommend it's usage to my patients with heavy vaginal bleeding. Of course the OCP is a method tried and true for those needing cycle control. The Mirena (levonorgestrel), from the literature does not carry the risk of thrombosis of OCPs but at your age either would be a safe choice with low occurrence of thrombosis. ...Read more

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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) a safe birth control?

Is mirena (levonorgestrel) a safe birth control?

VERY SAFE: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available, it lasts 5 years, is ~99.5% effective, and thins the uterine lining so that you get lighter periods. 20% of women will stop having periods after 1 year and that's perfectly healthy. Effects in the uterus and so it won't affect or be affected by other medicadtion; very safe method; biggest risk after insertion is expulsion (1-2%). ...Read more

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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control a good choice?

One of the best: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available, it lasts 5 years, is ~99.5% effective, and thins the uterine lining so that you get lighter periods. 20% of women will stop having periods after 1 year and that's perfectly healthy. Effects in the uterus and so it won't affect or be affected by other medicadtion; very safe method; biggest risk after insertion is expulsion (1-2%). ...Read more

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What would happen if i took birth control orally while having mirena (levonorgestrel)?

What would happen if i took birth control orally while having mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Nothing most likely: The mirena (levonorgestrel) has small amounts of hormones while oral contraceptives have hormones; a combination of two will be excessive. It may not cause any immediate harm but there is a risk of clot formation due to the excess hormonal treatment. Best Wishes Dr M ...Read more

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What may be the consequences of placing the birth control mirena (levonorgestrel) in a woman who has not had a child before?

What may be the consequences of placing the birth control mirena (levonorgestrel) in a woman who has not had a child before?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) use...: Mirena (levonorgestrel) use in patients who have not had a child is safe, and its a recent new indication backed by solid medical information. So its safe and does not increase the risk of infertility, provided you do not develop pelvic inflammatory disease while wearing it. ...Read more

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I've had my mirena (levonorgestrel) for 5 years. Is it still effective till I get it removed in 2 months or should I use another birth control until then?

I've had my mirena (levonorgestrel) for 5 years. Is it still effective till I get it removed in 2 months or should I use another birth control until then?

Should still be good: The duration of use of the Mirena (levonorgestrel) has been revised/extended and your Mirena (levonorgestrel) could probably remain effective for another 1 or 2 years . Be safe. Discuss your concerns with a knowledgeable gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD a birth control?

Is mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD a birth control?

Yes: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud is one of the safest and most effective birth control options available. It is over 99% effective. Once inserted it can stay in the uterus up to 5 years. It has few side effects. Up to 50% will have no periods within 2 years which people really like. ...Read more

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I have the mirena, (levonorgestrel) birth control im excersising but have not lost weight?

Keep trying: Losing weight is one of the hardest things anyone can do. Moreover it gets harder with every passing year. You must try weight watchers. You must continue to exercise everyday. Your activity needs to include cardiovascular as well as strength training. Running two miles a day, 5x/week and then yoga the other two days is a good balance. ...Read more

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My mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD expires in 1 year. At what point should I use back up birth control? What happens if i don't have it removed/replaced?

My mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD expires in 1 year. At what point should I use back up birth control?  What happens if i don't have it removed/replaced?

You decide: Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud is a medicated iud usually left up to 5yrs , manufacturer advice is to remove it to prevent complications , and loss of effective ness , ask your doctor which is better for you , a new iud or contraceptives , then you decide. ...Read more

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I have an appt.To have my mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control removed due to having the worst of the worst of my anxiety.Could this be what has been making it worse?

I have an appt.To have my mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control removed due to having the worst of the worst of my anxiety.Could this be what has been making it worse?

Yes and no : The hormonal effect of the Mirena (levonorgestrel) is mainly local on the uterus while the absorption of the Progesterone into your blood stream is minimal. The possibility that this minimal amount will cause severe anxiety is small. There could be other emotional factors that can intensify anxiety such ad the idea of having hormones in your body or having the iud. You could also be very sensitive to hormones. ...Read more

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I haven't had any children yet, but I have birth control mirena (levonorgestrel) and it's been causing me pain in my lower abdomin. I've had mirena (levonorgestrel) for a year + now. ?

I haven't had any children yet, but I have birth control mirena (levonorgestrel) and it's been causing me pain in my lower abdomin. I've had mirena (levonorgestrel) for a year + now.  ?

Lots of other causes: You will need to be seen by your doctor to determine the cause of pain. Of you had your iud for over a year without problems i would investigate other causes such as an ovarian cyst. The doctor will verify the iud is in the proper location by exam or sonogram and look for other causes as well as test for infection. ...Read more

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Mirena (Definition)

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