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Mirena (Definition)

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I heard mirena (levonorgestrel) was recalled. Is there some similar birth control with the IUD and the hormones? I'm tired of taking pills and want extra protection.

I heard mirena (levonorgestrel) was recalled. Is there some similar birth control with the IUD and the hormones? I'm tired of taking pills and want extra protection.

Still Available: I just talked to the rep today & there is no recall. Mirena (levonorgestrel) is an iud with Progesterone benefits to the uterus, meaning less bleeding & effective birth control. Alternatives are the Nexplanon (subdermal implant) which lasts 3 years and also offers cycle control & effective contraception. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the mirena (levonorgestrel) failing?

What are the causes of the mirena (levonorgestrel) failing?

Misplacement: Initial misplacement or later displacement are the two most common reasons for failure. Mirena, (levonorgestrel) like any other contraceptive method, has a failure rate that is fortunately very small. ...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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I have had mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted and am having issues ?

I have had mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted and am having issues ?

What issues?: After an iud is inserted, it can take 3-6 months for the side effects to stabilize. For most of us, this reliable, carefree method of birth control is worth the initial suffering. But if you have fever, abdominal pain, or abnormal/foul discharge, i'd be worried about infection, and i'd see a doc. If it's just cramps, Ibuprofen and a heating pad can help. Mood changes and acne usually get better. ...Read more

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Is my face breaking out close to the expiration of the mirena normal? I had the mirena put in 5 years ago. The expiration was dec. 8th. I had it removed yesterday and another one put in. I had zero complications over the course of the 5 years. However

Is my face breaking out close to the expiration of the mirena normal? I had the mirena put in 5 years ago.  The expiration was dec. 8th.  I had it removed yesterday and another one put in.  I had zero complications over the course of the 5 years.  However

I : I have never had a patient break out with acne close to the time the Mirena (levonorgestrel) needed to come out. Maybe the hormones in the Mirena (levonorgestrel) were not as effective as they were in the beginning and this may have contributed to your acne. It is hard to say. Your ob/gyn likely recommended an oral pill in conjunction with Mirena (levonorgestrel) to help your acne, but i dont think this is necessary. This is a lot of additional hormones you will be exposed to, which is not necessary and could increase your risk for other issues such as blood clots, etc. There are many other treatment options for your acne. See your primary care provider or dermatologist for an alternative treatment plan. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How effective is mirena (levonorgestrel)?

How effective is mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Very effective: Mirena (levonorgestrel) is one of the most effective non-permanent methods of birth control. It is better than 99% effective. ...Read more

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