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Contraception – Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Contraception – intrauterine devices (IUD)

Mirena Insertion

Mirena is a contraceptive intrauterine device used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Mirena offers a long-term contraception, for up to 5 years after insertion. Mirena is T-shaped plastic frame with plastic strings attached. When placed in the uterus, it releases the hormone progestin that makes the cervical mucus more viscous and the endometrium thinner so as to avoid the entry of sperms into the fallopian tubes. Mirena is also considered to partially suppress ovulation.

What are the benefits of a Mirena?

Mirena has several benefits over the other contraceptive methods. It can be removed at any point of time ensuring immediate return to fertility. It reduces menstrual bleeding and decreases menstrual pain in about 3-6 months of its insertion. The risk of diseases such as pelvic inflammatory disease, and endometrial cancer is decreased and adverse effects associated with other contraceptive methods containing oestrogen are eliminated.

The use of Mirena may be contraindicated if you have cancers in breast, uterus, cervix and liver or have uterine abnormalities such as fibroids, pelvic infection or pelvic inflammatory disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal inflammation, or a lower genital tract infection.

What does the procedure involve?

Dr Andreadis inserts Mirenas in her office. During the procedure, she will first insert speculum into your vagina, there is the opportunity to self insert speculum. The vagina and cervix is cleansed with an antiseptic solution followed by alignment of cervical canal and the uterine cavity using appropriate instruments. After this, the depth of your uterine cavity is measured with a tool. The IUD is then inserted. The strings of the device are then trimmed.

What are the risks and complications?

Mirena insertion is a quite safe procedure, but some people feel giddiness, experience low blood pressure or slow heart rate. Mirena prevents unwanted pregnancy but do not offer any protection towards sexually transmitted diseases.

So please talk to Dr Natasha for more information on use of Mirena before choosing the device for contraception.

Copper (non-hormonal) IUD

Natasha also inserts Copper IUD’s. Patients requiring an IUD insertion are generally seen across 2 visits to the clinic. The first visit will be a consultation and assessment only. Natasha will discuss the pros and cons of the IUD with you at this visit and also other contraceptive options that may suitable to you. Most IUD insertions take place in our office however there may be some cases where an insertion would be better performed in an operating theatre under anaesthetic.

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