Effective birth control without a pill
Mirena® is a hormone-releasing IUD that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. Mirena can be used whether or not you have had a child. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD).
- Placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider during an office visit
- You should do a monthly thread check to make sure it's in place—ask your healthcare provider to explain how
- Placement of Mirena is nonsurgical
- Reversible, so you can have it removed at any time and try to become pregnant right away
- Placement takes only a few minutes
You may experience pain, bleeding or dizziness during and after placement. If your symptoms do not pass within 30 minutes after placement, Mirena may not have been placed correctly. Your healthcare provider will examine you to see if Mirena needs to be removed or replaced.
Mirena is one of the most effective low-maintenance birth control options
Generally, the less you have to do, the more effective the birth control method tends to be.
Mirena is birth control you don't have to think about taking every day or even every year. Once it’s placed, just do a monthly thread check to make sure it’s in the correct position. Ask your healthcare provider to explain how. If you don't feel the threads or feel more than just the threads, call your healthcare provider. Mirena may not be in the right position and may not prevent pregnancy. Use non-hormonal back-up birth control (such as condoms and spermicide) until your healthcare provider can check that Mirena is still in the right place.