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Can the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD come out?

Can the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD come out?

If the strings pulle: 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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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Levonorgestrel (Definition)

Levonorgestrel is a progestin commonly used in oral contraceptives and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has ...Read more


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Can I self remove my mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

No: Have your gyn do it as it is usually easy to remove but sometimes it could get stuck or imbedded. Read more

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Can a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD be removed at home?

Can a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD be removed at home?

Only if: Your doctor makes a house call and is familiar with the removal technique. Read more

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Embedded mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. What are symptoms?

Pain or abnormal bl: Bleeding, sometimes no sxs, if it is indeed imbedded it needs to be removed. Read more

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Can any medications effect the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Can any medications effect the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Short answer: no: If you mean will any medications make it less effective the answer is no. But certain meds may make your bleeding heavier with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) (warfarin/plavix/lovenox) but these would increase your bleeding if you didn't have a mirena (levonorgestrel). There are no interactions with antibiotics, anti retrovirals, seizure meds, etc. This is one of the reasons I like iuds so much. Very few interactions. Read more

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What are the complications from mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

What are the complications from mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Minera sfx: Common: vag bleeding, lack of period, ovarian cyst, abd pain, nausea, breast tenderness, vaginitis, painful periods, expulsion. Serious: ectopic pregnancy, inflamatory disease on pelvis, infertility, abortion, congenital anomalies if pregnant, etc. Read more

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What are the dangers of using the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

What are the dangers of using the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Minimal: Pain and cramping with insertion are common, but not dangerous. The chances of you getting an infection may increase slightly. You could get pregnant and not know it. You should expect some spotting for the first year. Perforation of the uterus is very rare. A broken string can require a hysteroscopy to remove it in the future. Cutting the string too short can cause pain for your partner. Read more

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What do you suggest if my dr recommended mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

What do you suggest if my dr recommended mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Talk to them: If your doctor is suggesting the mirena, (levonorgestrel) you should discuss the risks and benefits with them. There is usually a good reason why a doctor recommends medical treatment. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) has many benefits, decreased menstrual bleeding, decreased risk of endometrial cancer, decreased pain with periods, effective contraception, etc. Read more

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How do I know if my body is rejecting the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Pain/bleeding: Most women who "reject" an iud do it fairly soon after insertion. Light spotting is normal and common for up to 4-6 months after Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud insertion. But if cramping pain and heavy bleeding persist, it could be a sign of "rejection". It's best to call to provider who inserted the iud for guidance. Read more

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How do u know if something is wrong w your mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

How do u know if something is wrong w your mirena (levonorgestrel) iud?

Mirena (levonorgestrel): Do you feel the string? This is to be checked each month. You could also ask your provider for a pelvic ultrasound for evaluation of placement. Read more

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Does the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD procedure hurt? How long does it take?

Does the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD procedure hurt? How long does it take?

Pain is relative...: Everybody has different pain tolerance levels. There can be mild discomfort/pinching when the mirena (levonorgestrel) is put in and some cramping afterwards. The actual procedure just takes a couple of minutes. Being anxious about the procedure can increase you perception off pain, try to relax and do some deep breathing before to help. Read more

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What could happen if the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is not removed after the 5 years?

What could happen if the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is not removed after the 5 years?

Probably nOthing: In europe is approve for 7 yrs. Fda approved it for 5. So in conclusion might be safe to leave it in. Read more

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What exactly does it feel like to have a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD fall out on its own?

What exactly does it feel like to have a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD fall out on its own?

Varies: This might be associated with a small amount of cramping or nothing at all. It is most likely to fall out early after its insertion and/or during a period. Read more

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My mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is "lost" inside me. What can happen if I don't get it out?

No panic: They don t usually go so far...Remember that an xray will find it in the worse case scenarios, but probably your gyn dr will recover it without much difficulty. Just let your dr know, every gyn dr have seen this happen before. These products are made of materials that should not harm your body. Relax, and get an appointment. Read more

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I've had the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD for a month now, been feeling wierd, what are sings that let me know something is wrong?

Easy to check: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud is very easy to check. Simply schedule a visit and have your doctor confirm it is the right location. Irregular bleeding is common in the first 3-5 weeks. Other than misplacement and irregular bleeding it has very few other side effects. Read more

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