Intrauterine Contraceptive Device – Mirena
Mirena® is essentially an intra-uterine device or IUD. It is inserted into a women’s uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. The device when placed in a women’s body, releases progestogen into the uterus. This hormone is similar to a substance (progesterone) produced by the female body.
Once inside the uterus, Mirena® prevents pregnancy by: preventing sperm from entering uterus by thickening of the mucus of the cervix changing the lining of the uterus to make it unsuitable for pregnancy.
There are threads attached to the device that allows the women to check that the device is still in place and enables easy removal of the device by a doctor.
Mirena® is approximately 99.9% effective. This means that on average, if 1000 women use Mirena® for one year, it is possible that one of them may become pregnant. You can have an IUCD (Mirena) placed for birth control and heavy periods in our clinic. Please get in touch with the clinic to discuss the details of the procedure and obtain relevant information. You can also download a copy of information booklet on Mirena