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Mirena is an IUD made of soft, flexible plastic that’s placed into your uterus by a healthcare provider.

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Kim wanted birth control
with no daily routine.

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Kim’s Story

Kim wanted birth control with no daily routine.

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Effective birth control that lasts for as
long as Kim wants, for up to 5 years.

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A mother considers her reasons
for choosing Mirena.

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with no daily routine.

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About Mirena Placement

Make an appointment to get Mirena.

If you’ve discussed your birth control options with your healthcare provider and decided Mirena may be right for you, it’s time to schedule an appointment to have your healthcare provider place Mirena into your uterus during a routine office visit.

View common questions about Mirena before your placement appointment.

When should Mirena be placed?

Mirena is a small, T-shaped device Mirena should be placed within 7 days of the start of your period. If you’ve just had a baby, Mirena should not be placed earlier than 6 weeks after you give birth or as directed by your healthcare provider. Be sure to tell him or her if you are breastfeeding and plan to continue breastfeeding after having Mirena placed.

How is Mirena placed?

Your healthcare provider will place Mirena into your uterus during a routine office visit. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure. Ask your healthcare provider about over-the-counter pain medications to help minimize cramps. Placement typically takes only a few minutes.

He or she will:

Apply an antiseptic solution to your vagina and cervix

Pass a thin tube of flexible plastic (the inserter) containing Mirena into your vagina and then into your uterus

Check to make sure Mirena is positioned correctly

Withdraw the plastic inserter, leaving Mirena in your uterus

Ensure that the two threads attached to the stem of Mirena properly extend through your cervix, which help ensure that Mirena is properly placed. This will also help with the removal of Mirena by your healthcare provider when that time comes

Trim the threads to the appropriate length

Before you leave your healthcare provider’s office:

What you should know after Mirena is placed

Have your healthcare provider explain how to check the threads of your Mirena once a month

Schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider within 4 to 12 weeks. He or she will want to check to see if your Mirena is properly in place

Consider scheduling your annual check-up at the same time so that you don’t forget. Your Mirena should be checked once a year as part of your routine physical

For detailed information about possible side effects, some potentially serious, please see Mirena Safety Considerations and the Patient Information.