Mirena IUD Can Fix Heavy Periods

Women who think that their periods are too heavy, need to get in and talk to their gyno because there are a number of excellent solutions to the problem. Indeed you can fix your heavy periods and get great long term contraceptive protection.  In 2009 the FDA approved the Mirena IUD for treatment of heavy periods, also called menorrhagia. The Mirena was said to show a ,
"showed a statistically significant reduction in menstrual blood loss," by  Scott Monroe, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive and
Urologic Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
in a prepared statement. It is important to remember, in this trial women did not have large uterine fibroids or medical conditions that could cause heavy bleeding. So the first step when you do have heavy bleeding is not to jump to the solution, but to work with your gyno to get a diagnosis.  It you have not been properly tested for these conditions it is not possible to say if you would have the same success with this method, but it is a very convenient, safe and effective method of contraception. Women using the Mirena typically are very happy with their treatment, and do not have any side effects. The possible side effects of a Mirena IUD include: spotting, irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts or pelvic pain. Headaches have also been reported.  Side effects can also include possible expelling the IUD, compared to the copper IUDs the medicated IUD with the levonorgestrel is more likely to include skipping periods and a bit more likely to be expelled. The FDA points out that although rare, the following serious side effects are possible from this method:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Intrauterine pregnancy
  • Group A streptococcal sepsis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Embedding in the uterine wall
  • Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix

So when women experience side effects from their Mirena at Women's Health Practice we feel important to make sure none of these serious side effects have occurred before moving on to check out other diagnoses.


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