I am considering having the mirena inserted to assist with very heavy periods. I have also been told I am very close to menopause (I am 42). Will the Mirena help me? I am also concerned about weight gain. Is it common to gain weight?


Often times doctors will

Often times doctors will prescribe birth control pills to help women who have very heavy periods. Mirena contains birth control chemicals that are slowly released into the body, and as a result, many women have decreased menstrual bleeding. However, bleeding can also be increased using Mirena, and it is not possible to know in advance which women will bleed more and which women will bleed less. Some women also have irregular and unpredictable bleeding while on Mirena. I do not see any advantage of using Mirena over oral contraceptive pills in your situation. Additionally, weight gain is indeed listed as a possible side effect in the manufacturers labeling of the product.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

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