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 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 slim 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:
• Have your healthcare provider explain how to do a self-check of the threads of your Mirena once a month
• Schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider within 4 to 6 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