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What Is The Mirena Iud For
Not similar: The NuvaRing is comparable to the birth control pill, it contains estrogen and pregesterone and is intended to provide contraception by suppressing the ovaries, it usually provides good cycle contro as well - it is placed in the vagina by the user. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) is more like the depo-provera shot. Mirena (levonorgestrel) is a Progesterone only contraceptive that is placed by a physician inside the uterus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD a good method of birth control, and when is the best time to have it inserted?
Paragard: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. It is non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). The only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). It is immediately effective to prevent pregnancy but does not protect against STIs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's the Liletta IUD and what makes it different from the Mirena, (levonorgestrel) Paragard, and Skyla?
Similar to Mirena (levonorgestrel): The Liletta IUD contains the same type & amount of hormone (Levonorgestrel) as the MIirena IUD. It will likely work the same, though it is currently only FDA-approved for 3yrs (vs 5yrs for Mirena), and does not have the treatment indication for heavy menstrual bleeding. ParagardLiletta is less expensive than other IUDs, especially in federally funded clinics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lighter over time: For the first 4-6 months, your menses will be a little more irregular and erratic. However, after 6 months, menses will be much lighter or even absent. Amenorrhea (no menses) is experienced by 30% of women with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) after 2 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are my chances of infertility from the mirena (levonorgestrel) iud? Is this a common side effect?
Not Great: The fertility issues with IUD's centers around infection and tubal disease. Without infection, the IUD is perfectly safe. The risk of infection is low but women with multiple sexual problems or with partners having multiple partners would be at higher risk. The hormonal aspect is not a fertility problem but can cause hormonal disruption by lowering estrogen. Some are symptomatic from this also ...Read more
10 years: The copper IUD is a very effective method of birth control. After being inserted it remains over 99% effective for ten years. It can be removed at any time and there is no delay getting pregnant after removal. It is one of the most popular methods worldwide. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Irregular bleeding: Some women after Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD insertion will have irregular bleeding and spotting that eventually stops in 2 to 3 months and then will have decreased bleeding or no bleeding at all the rest of the 5 years. Patience is all that is necessary. Some women will have minimal cramping for a few days to a month. The risk of spontaneous expulsion and perforation is very low, less than 1%. Ideal contraceptive ...Read more
I know no pregnancy is the same. Is this the same for a person's reaction to the mirena (levonorgestrel)?
What is the likelihood? Epithelial ovarian cancer at age 16 for a user of the IUD mirena (levonorgestrel)?
Extremely Unlikely: In fact most types of birth control may actually slightly lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Additionally, epithelial ovarian cancer is extraordinarily rare in young women. In fact, the average age of diagnosis in woman with the brca2 gene that increases the risk of ovarian cancer is about 50. Woman worried about the risks of their birth control method should speak with their ob/gyn. ...Read more
Some cramping: The first part is like getting a pap-smear. Once your doc can see your cervix, he will sound the uterus to know how deep to insert the IUD. Then he will insert the IUD. You will have some cramping when the uterus is sounded and during IUD insertion (and perhaps for the rest of the day). Everything is removed and you are protected. Best wishes! ...Read more
Type of Progestin: Both rely on a different synthetic progestin. Implanon is one rod that lasts 3 years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 6 rods that lasted 5 years. Both need surgical implantation and need to be surgically removed when they expire. Both can unbalance hormones and cause problems with weight gain etc due to that effect. ...Read more
Hormonal IUD: 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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