In the Mirena article it states "This device is placed in the uterus where it slowly releases the hormone to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 5 years." I've had my IUD in since February of 2011 so I'm just past the 3 year mark. Since it prevents pregnancy for 3-5 years, how do I know if I'm safe for just the 3 or am good to go for the full 5 years?
What are you reading that says that? What the manufacturer says it will last as long as you want up to 5 yrs. Meaning after 5 yrs its not working. But you can take it out before 5 yrs, which is probably where the 3 yrs comes from.
From the FDA and manufacturer:
Indications and Usage for Mirena
Mirena is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 5 years.
Mirena is also indicated for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who choose to use intrauterine contraception as their method of contraception.
Mirena is recommended for women who have had at least one child.
The system should be replaced after 5 years if continued use is desired.
I am not sure where you read 3-5 years but Mirena is good for 5 years. The only thing I can think of was if you were reading about long term birth control options as there are other long term options (like Nexplanon/Implanon implants) that are good for only 3 years so if they were talking about long term birth control in general, speaking of all of them, they may say they are good for 3-5 years.
- Mirena Information for Consumers
- Mirena Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirena (detailed)
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