Mirena Specialist

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates -  - OB-GYN

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates

OB-GYNs located in Milford, CT & Westport, CT

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates offers a variety of birth control options, including Mirena. The advantage of our OB-GYNs is that women can choose a method for preventing pregnancy that best suits the women's lifestyle. In addition, women in Milford and Westport have access to Dr. Sivkin who is the only licensed sex therapist in the entire state.

Mirena Q & A

How Does Mirena Work?

Mirena is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 5 years.

Mirena prevents pregnancy, most likely in several ways:

  • Thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus
  • Inhibiting sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
  • Thinning the lining of your uterus

While there’s no single explanation for how Mirena works, most likely, the above actions work together to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.

Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDs.

As soon as Mirena is placed in your uterus by your healthcare provider, it starts releasing small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel into your uterus to provide continuous birth control for as long as you want, for up to 5 years.

What Hormones Are in Mirena?

Mirena releases small amounts of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone found in many birth control pills, locally into your uterus at a slow rate. Because of this, only small amounts of the hormone enter your blood. Mirena does not contain estrogen.

Mirena may also help treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. The hormone in Mirena reduces the monthly thickening of the uterine lining.

When Do I Know When to Change the Mirena IUD?

The standard answer is within five years of placement unless a pregnancy is desired. If pregnancy is desired then the Mirena IUD should be removed as soon as possible. It may take a full year for your body's reproductive system to begin its normal function.

Will Mirena Help Control Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?

The Mirena IUD is useful in helping to control heavy menstrual bleeding. It is an option that women should discuss with their doctor as a long-term solution for controlling heavy periods. Because it does not require physically taking medication on a daily basis, it is easy and convenient as both a contraceptive and as a means of controlling menstrual flow.

What are the Downfalls of Using Minera?

The biggest downside of Mirena and other hormonal based contraceptives is that they do not offer any protection against STDs, HPV, or HIV. These types of contraceptives are best used in a monogamous relationship. It is also helpful to discuss with Dr. Sivkin your sexual tendencies, as she is the only certified sex therapist in the state. Her expertise can help you select a birth control method that best fits your lifestyle.


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