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Is Mirena Right For Me?

Meet Mirena:



Illustration text Highly Effective

Over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 8 years

Illustration text Treats heavy periods in woman who choose an IUD

FDA-approved to decrease menstrual blood loss for up to 5 years in women who have heavy periods and choose an IUD for birth control

Illustration text #1 prescribed IUD in US

*Supported by 2020-2022 SHS data.

Illustration text Low Maintenance

Mirena is a pill-free birth control that doesn’t require a daily routine.

With Mirena, you will have to check for the threads once a month on your own

Illustration text Estrogen Free

Mirena does not contain any estrogen. Mirena contains 52 mg of a single hormone called levonorgestrel, a type of progestin

Illustration text reversible at any time by your doctor

Can be removed by your doctor if your plans change

Mirena is not right for everyone. Do not use Mirena if you:

  • are or might be pregnant; Mirena cannot be used as an emergency contraceptive

  • have a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or have had PID in the past unless you have had a normal pregnancy after the infection went away

  • have an untreated genital infection now

  • have had a serious pelvic infection in the past 3 months after a pregnancy

  • can get infections easily. For example, if you:

    • have multiple sexual partners or your partner has multiple sexual partners

    • have problems with your immune system

    • use or abuse intravenous drugs

  • have or suspect you might have cancer of the uterus or cervix

  • have bleeding from the vagina that has not been explained

  • have liver disease or a liver tumor

  • have breast cancer or any other cancer that is sensitive to progestin (a female hormone), now or in the past

  • have an intrauterine device in your uterus already

  • have a condition of the uterus that changes the shape of the uterine cavity, such as large fibroid tumors

  • are allergic to levonorgestrel, silicone, polyethylene, silica, barium sulfate or iron oxide


For a full list of safety considerations about Mirena, please click here.

Keeping it real: what actual users are saying about Mirena

Listen to what these women have to say as they tell their story and share their real experiences with Mirena.

The women shown below use or have used Mirena and have been compensated for their time. Individual experience may vary.


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“I decided with my doctor on getting it because I had heavy periods, wanted a highly effective birth control, and was interested in using an IUD” - Influencer Reneze (@sincerelyreneze) on using Mirena for birth control and for heavy menstrual bleeding treatment

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“The fact that the Mirena IUD is a pill-free birth control option that doesn’t require a daily routine was one of the deciding factors of why it was the best option for me.” - Influencer and Physician assistant Shay (@txshay) on using Mirena as her birth control

Make sure your IUD is in place by doing a monthly thread check

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“…If getting pregnant isn’t part of your plan right now, ask your doctor if Mirena might be right for you.” - Influencer and Midwife Caitlyn (@themodernmidwife) on using Mirena as her birth control

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Prepare for a chat about birth control options with your healthcare provider

Use this list of questions to help guide your conversation at your next appointment.

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Learn about Mirena

Get the low-down on Mirena and how it may be able to help.

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Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 8 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods for up to 5 years in women who choose intrauterine contraception.



  • If you have a pelvic or genital infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don't use Mirena. Less than 1% of users get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or excessive bleeding after placement, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If Mirena comes out, call your HCP and avoid intercourse or use non-hormonal back-up birth control (such as condoms or spermicide). Mirena may go into or through the wall of the uterus and cause other problems.
  • Pregnancy while using Mirena is uncommon but can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.

  • Ovarian cysts may occur but usually disappear.
  • Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 3 to 6 months and remain irregular. Periods over time usually become shorter, lighter, or may stop.


Mirena does not protect against HIV or STIs.


Only you and your HCP can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is available by prescription only.


For important risk and use information about Mirena, please see Full Prescribing Information.