Kedron Wavell Medical Centre will offer Mirena insertion from June 2019 as part of our comprehensive women’s health services. This will be undertaken by Dr Sarah McDonnell,who has previous experience of Mirena insertion. Dr McDonnell has an interest in sexual and reproductive health and has completed extra training in this area with True (Family Planning Queensland).
The Mirena is a hormone-releasing contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) which can also treat heavy periods. It is a small T-shaped device that is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus via the natural opening in the cervix. The procedure will be performed in our private treatment area, without sedation but with the option of local anaesthesia if necessary. This is well tolerated by most women.
The benefits of the Mirena IUD include:
- Highly effective contraception for women who don’t want to have to remember to take a pill every day. It is 99.8% effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Long lasting: it can last for up to 5 years (longer if inserted over the age of 45)
- Menstrual bleeding becomes light in most cases and can disappear completely in up to 20% of women.
- Suitable for women who have never been pregnant or given birth, as well as those who have had children.
- Low dose hormone, no oestrogen, so it may be suitable for women who cannot tolerate or use oestrogens.
- Reversible, usually easily removed and with immediate return to fertility.
The hormone progesterone is directly released into the uterus, thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The lining of the uterus also changes over time, preventing implantation of a pregnancy. IUDs do not prevent STIs.
Copper IUDs are also available for those who cannot or prefer not to use hormonal methods of contraception. Unlike Mirena, copper IUDs do not treat heavy periods and can be associated with heavier menstrual bleeding in 50% of cases.
Mirena is just one of the many contraceptive options available through our doctors at KWMC. If you feel an IUD may suit you, please book an IUD assessment consultation with Dr McDonnell to discuss your options and suitability.
Further information on IUDs can be found at https://www.true.org.au/Health-information/Contraception/levonorgestrel-releasing-intrauterine-device-mirena
Appointments to discuss the possibility of having a Mirena are available by telephoning the clinic on 07 3359 2160.