Selecting the best method of birth control is a very personal choice. It can also be a confusing one. It is important to understand your options. For long-term, but not permanent, birth control many women choose an intrauterine device (IUD), such as Mirena.
What is Mirena IUD?
This is a small, flexible, plastic device in a “T” shape. It is placed in the uterus, for uninterrupted birth control lasting five years. Mirena is not available over the counter; it must be placed by a physician or other qualified health care provider.
Mirena is a multifaceted approach to birth control. This one simple device works in several ways to help prevent pregnancy. Similar to contraceptive patches, it continuously releases a low level of levonorgestrel, which mimics a naturally occurring hormone. It may also cause the lining of the uterus to become thinner and the cervical mucus thicker. The presence of an IUD also inhibits the movement of sperm toward the egg, reducing chances of fertilization.
Is it right for you?
It is important to remember that IUD devices do not offer protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, if you have certain medical conditions, such as fibroids or uterine cancer, an IUD may aggravate the condition. Dr. Jenkins can explain the wide variety of birth control options, and help you choose what is best for your situation.
Mirena may be recommended if you want long-term, hassle free birth control without committing to permanent sterilization. It is safe and highly effective for most women.
There are several advantages to this birth control option including:
- Uninterrupted protection, eliminating the risk of forgetting
- Easy and convenient pregnancy prevention for five years
- May reduce risk of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
- Recommended for women intolerant of estrogen based birth control
- Decreases menstrual cramps and bleeding
- Can be inserted as little as six weeks after giving birth
- Will not interfere with using tampons
- Completely reversible at any time
- 99 percent effective
To learn more about your birth control options, and find out if Mirena is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins today.
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