I have had a Mirena IUD for 6 years, have no periods, is it still effective?


Mirena is an IUD that acts as

Mirena is an IUD that acts as birth control in two ways: (1) through the presence of a foreign body in the uterus, and (2) through the slow release of birth control chemicals into the uterus. The IUD was designed to release the chemicals for 5 years. The manufacturers recommend that, if continued contraception is desired, the device should be replaced. However, a research study done in 1991 found that this IUD was still effective after 6-7 years of being in place.
The birth control chemicals in the IUD are what cause menstruation to stop, so the fact that you have no periods is a sign that your IUD is still effective. However, you should discuss this issue with your ob/gyn, as it could be that your periods have stopped for some other reason not related to the IUD that may require medical attention.
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Dr. Williams

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