In Australia, two thirds of all women aged between 18 and 49 use one of the various methods of contraception.
There are many different kinds of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent contraception and with so many options it can be difficult to decide which one would work best for your lifestyle.
Ideally we would all like a contraception that is cost effective, time effective and easily maintainable and in the past, it has been difficult to find an option that meets all these requirements. Finally, a contraception is available where you don’t need to remember to take a pill every day, it is low maintenance and now available at your local Medical Centre.
At Health e Medical Centre we know it can be difficult making these decisions. Please feel free to call to arrange a consultation with Dr Alice Crowley or Dr Deepa Venugopal to discuss suitability, consent and address any questions you might have in relation to this procedure. An initial consultation with the GP is required before booking an appointment for a Mirena insertion.
We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have or help to book you an appointment with of the team specialists.
The Mirena IUD
You may have heard your friends or family mention this product but to save you from the awkward conversations, we have provided answers to some of the most common questions relating to the Mirena contraception
What is a Mirena?
A Mirena is an intrauterine contraceptive that delivers small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel. The Mirena is a small flexible plastic device that is placed inside the uterus, by a qualified healthcare provider.
What are the benefits of Mirena Contraception?
- Mirena IUD is one of the most effective birth controls available, studies showing it to be over 99% effective.
- A single Mirena prevents pregnancy, for up to 5 years!
- If you are planning a family, a Mirena allows you the chance to become pregnant as soon as the product is removed.
- The Mirena is highly recommended for women who have already had children.
- The Mirena has other benefits other than contraception – such as lightening your menstrual cycle!
Is there a certain time when should a Mirena be placed?
A Mirena is recommended to be placed within 7 days of the beginning of your period, but it can be placed at any time during your cycle if advised or approved by your GP.
Do I have to undergo a procedure to get a Mirena? What is involved?
There is a small procedure for placement of a Mirena, that generally only takes a short period of time. Your doctor will:
- Apply an antiseptic solution to your vagina and cervix.
- Insert a tube containing the Mirena into your vagina and then your uterus.
- Confirm correct placement of Mirena.
- Withdraw inserter tube, leaving the Mirena in the uterus.
- Ensure that the threads connected to the Mirena in the uterus properly extend through the cervix (which helps the removal of Mirena).
- Trim the threads to the appropriate length, to minimise future interference.
Is there anything you need to do once the Mirena has been placed?
Once the initial placement has been completed you should make a follow-up appointment with your doctor, approximately 4 to 12 weeks afterwards. This visit is a standard procedure to ensure everything is continuing smoothly.
At the end of 5 years with a Mirena, you must either remove or replace the device. NOTE: Mirena can be removed at any time prior by your health care provider and you can get pregnant right away. About 8 – 10 women who try to become pregnant after removal of their Mirena will become pregnant within one year.
To book an appointment, please contact our reception team on (03) 5223 9999.