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You, Me, and IUCs: Mirena

So yesterday I told you about one type of IUC, called Paragard, which is made of plastic and copper. Well Mirena is another type, also made out of plastic, but this one contains hormones, just like the Pill.

If you're interested in using birth control that you don't have to think about, Mirena may be right for you, but check out the pros and cons before you make any decisions.

Pros Cons
  • It is 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and works for up to five years. Once inserted into your uterus, it's effective immediately.
  • Many women complain that getting Mirena inserted is extremely painful.

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Pros Cons
  • It's FDA-approved.
  • Mirena contains less hormone dosage than the pill.
  • You'll have lighter, shorter periods, or you may stop having your period altogether.
  • Intimacy will be more spontaneous since you won't have to stop to slip on a condom or remember to take a pill everyday.
  • It's quickly reversible, so once it's removed, you can start trying to have kids immediately.
  • Side effects include cramping, acne, back pain, breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and mood changes, but these usually go away after three months.
  • You may experience heavier periods in the first three to six months, or spotting between periods.
  • Twelve percent of Mirena users experience ovarian cysts.
  • Mirena can slip out of the uterus leaving you unprotected against pregnancy.
  • It doesn't protect against STIs.

Have any of you ladies ever used Mirena? If so, tell us about it below.


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