by on July 26, 2012
Brand Names:Mirena
Generic name:levonorgestrel intrauterine system
Pregnancy Category:C

What is Mirena ?

Mirena is a plastic T-shaped contraceptive device that contains the female hormone known as Levonorgestrel. Once inserted into the womb, it releases this hormone into the uterus. It is also sometimes prescribed to women who suffer from prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding. It also helps prevent overgrowth of the lining of the womb in women who are using hormone replacement therapy after going through menopause.

Before a doctor can insert this device, the patient needs to be examined to ensure that they do not have any sexually transmitted diseases or that they are not already pregnant. This device should not be used by women who have been diagnosed with cancer, cervical inflammation or genital infections.

Mirena Uses

mirenaOnce a physical examination has been done, a doctor or other healthcare professional will insert the Levonorgestrel device into the patient. It is important to note that this contraceptive device is only to be used in women who have already had at least one child.

It also has an approximate lifespan of around five years, which means that after this time, a doctor will need to replace it. Patients who are sexually active with multiple partners should not make use of the Mirena as a contraceptive device.

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