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What is Mirena? How does it work? Why should you consider it? Get quick answers to these and other general questions about Mirena.
How does Mirena look and feel?
• Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is small, T‑shaped, and made of soft, flexible plastic
• Mirena is placed in the uterus, not the vagina, so neither you nor your partner should be able to feel it during sex. Sometimes your partner may feel the threads. If this occurs, your healthcare provider may be able to help
• Mirena has threads that allow you to do a monthly self-check to make sure it’s in place. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to explain how. If you have trouble finding the threads, call your healthcare provider right away. And in the meantime, use a non-hormonal form of birth control as a back-up
A highly effective birth control option
• A hormone-releasing IUD placed into your uterus by your healthcare provider
• Convenient—No daily pills and no trips to the pharmacy
• More than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years—one of the most effective birth control options available
• A nonpermanent form of birth control, meaning you can have it removed at any time by your healthcare provider and try to become pregnant right away
• Birth control that’s also proven to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception