The Mirena Interuterine Contraceptive Device (also known as the Mirena coil) is one of the most common contraceptive devices, but did you know it is also used to regulate periods?
How Can The Mirena Coil Help Me With Heavy Periods?
The Mirena coil contains levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic form of progesterone. This is released into the uterus in a controlled way which acts on the lining of the uterus and reduces heavy or prolonged bleeding during menstruation and it can also protect the uterine lining for women on hormone replacement therapy.
How Does The Mirena Coil Work As A Contraceptive?
Levonorgestrel, the hormone in the Mirena coil, thickens the cervical mucus. This makes it difficult for sperm to get through the cervix and, at the same time, thins the uterine lining so an egg is much less able to implant. It can prevent release of an egg each month for some women.
How Long Is The Mirena Coil Effective For?
The Mirena coil is 99% effective (when correctly inserted) for between 3-5 years.
How Is The Mirena Coil Fitted?
You do NOT need surgery to have the Mirena coil fitted. It can be done during a routine gynaecological examination, and takes only a few minutes.
The inserter containing the coil is passed into your vagina, and then uterus. Your gynaecologist will then check the coil has been positioned correctly, and withdraw the inserter, leaving the coil. Your gynaecologist will also ensure that the two threads attached to the stem of the coil are properly extended through your cervix, which not only help ensure it is placed correctly, but also help with removal of the coil when the time comes.
When Can I Have The Mirena Coil Fitted?
The coil can be fitted at any point in your menstrual cycle, as long as you are not pregnant.
How Can I Book An Appointment To Have The Mirena Coil Fitted?
By booking a gynaecology appointment with Dr Penman via the button below, you can discuss and have a coil fitted at the same appointment.