Mirena is a contraceptive device containing the active ingredient levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of progesterone, the female sex hormone. Mirena is a small, flexible plastic T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that is similar to the contraceptive coil.
The levonorgestrel that Mirena releases prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus that occurs naturally at the neck of the womb. This makes it difficult for sperm to enter the womb and it is less likely that an egg will be fertilized. Levonorgestrel also prevents the lining of the womb from thickening each month, which it does in preparation for a fertilized egg. In this way, if an egg is fertilized it should not successfully implant in the wall of the womb.
How to use Mirena
Mirena is inserted into the womb by a medical professional and once it has been inserted levonorgestrel is steadily released into the womb. Buy Mirena to last for up to 5 years and with a 99% rate of effectiveness. For women who wish to become pregnant, they can start trying as soon as the device is removed. Mirena can also be used to treat heavy periods if the woman chooses an IUD form of contraception. It has other uses such as offering protection for menopausal women using estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Side effects of Mirena
A serious infection known as pelvic inflammatory disease can occur as a result of using Mirena but does so in less than 1% of its users. A doctor should be consulted in the event of any pelvic or abdominal pain that persists.
A doctor should be consulted immediately if the user experiences migraine or severe headaches; pain when breathing or coughing, stabbing pains in one leg and/or unusual swelling, sudden breathlessness, sudden weakness or numbness on part or one side of the body, sudden severe chest pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, increased blood pressure, severe depression, severe abdominal problems, possible pregnancy.
If pregnancy occurs while using Mirena it can result in a loss of fertility or pregnancy, and can also be life threatening, although this is not common. It is possible that ovarian cysts will occur, which usually disappear. Periods can be affected because of the way Mirena works and may increase in the first few months but become lighter over time, shorter or stop altogether.
Precautions before you buy Mirena
It is important to discuss with a healthcare provider whether Mirena is a suitable contraceptive for an individual woman.
Mirena should not be used by women who have a pelvic infection, are prone to infections or who have certain cancers.
Mirena should preferably be inserted during the first seven days of a menstrual cycle. Otherwise, another method of contraception will need to be used for seven days after insertion. After giving birth, Mirena should not be inserted for a period of six weeks. If used as part of HRT, Mirena can be inserted at any time if periods have stopped.
It can be slightly painful when the device is inserted or removed. It is possible for Mirena to come out without the user noticing which leaves her at risk of pregnancy. It is important to regularly check that the removal thread remains in place. Mirena does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
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