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Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) implant a reasonable birth control option for a girl going into college soon with a steady sex life? What are the risks?

Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) implant a reasonable birth control option for a girl going into college soon with a steady sex life? What are the risks?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant: Mirene implant provides protection for approximately 5 years. Side effects can include irregular bleeding occuring in the first 3-6 months. Expulsion and perforation are rare complications. Because of the Progesterone in the system, you can get mood swings, acne and breast discomfort. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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What distinguishes norgestimate from levonorgestrel (used in birth control)?

What distinguishes norgestimate from levonorgestrel (used in birth control)?

Progestins: They are different generations of progestin hormones. The Levonorgestrel has slightly more androgenic (male hormone properties) than the norgestimate. ...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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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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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?

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 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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


Dr. Peter Baumann
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Levonorgestrel (Definition)

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