What is Mirena?

  • Mirena is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus by your healthcare provider to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.
  • Mirena can also lessen menstrual blood loss in women who have heavy menstrual flow and who also want to use a birth control method that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
  • Mirena can be removed by your healthcare provider at any time.
  • Mirena is recommended for women who have had at least one child.

Mirena is a small flexible plastic T-shaped system that slowly releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel that is often used in birth control pills. Because Mirena releases levonorgestrel into your uterus, only small amounts of the hormone enter your blood. Mirena does not contain estrogen.

Two thin threads are attached to the stem of Mirena. The threads are the only part of Mirena you can feel when Mirena is in your uterus; however, unlike a tampon string, the threads do not extend outside your body.

What is Kyleena?

  • Kyleena is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus by your healthcare provider to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.
  • Kyleena can be removed by your healthcare provider at any time.
  • Kyleena can be used whether or not you have given birth to a child.

Kyleena is a small, flexible plastic T-shaped system that slowly releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel (LNG) that is often used in birth control pills. Because Kyleena releases LNG into your uterus, only small amounts of the hormone enter your blood. Kyleena does not contain estrogen.

Two thin threads are attached to the stem (lower end) of Kyleena. The threads are the only part of Kyleena you can feel when Kyleena is in your uterus; however, unlike a tampon string, the threads do not extend outside your body.

What are the main differences between Kyleena and Mirena?

Kyleena and Mirena are both hormonal IUDs that contain a progestin called levonorgestrel (LNG). Both medications are available in brand name only. Kyleena (kyleena coupons) contains a lower dose of LNG, as you can see in the information below.

Kyleena is also distinguished from other intrauterine devices by a blue-colored removal thread and the visibility of a silver ring on ultrasound. Your healthcare provider must insert Kyleena or Mirena (mirena coupons). The IUD can stay in your body for five years. At that point, your healthcare provider must remove it. If you wish to continue using an IUD, a new IUD can be put in as soon as the previous one is removed.

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus. Copper wire is wrapped around the stem of the IUD. Copper is toxic to sperm and causes the uterus and fallopian tubes to produce a fluid that kills the sperm before it reaches the egg.

Will it be painful to have the Kyleena inserted?

8% of women in the studies rated the pain from insertion as severe.

20% said that the insertion was “not even uncomfortable”.

If you are worried about pain, we prefer to insert it during your menstruation and we also offer conscious sedation to patients who prefer to be sedated.

IN SHORT:  If falling pregnant is not on the radar of your immediate future and if you prefer to use birth control that does not influence your hormones or menstrual cycle, Kyleena is most likely the best contraceptive choice for you.

I hope this information has answered most of your questions.  Again, please note that Bayer did not pay or ask me to write this article and the information provided are from my notes taken during the training session.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the MSH doctors if you have any questions. Our doctors have inserted hundreds of IUSs over the years and will be very happy to answer your questions and fit your device if you select the Kyleena as contraceptive.

Dr Elna Rudolph
Written by Dr Elna Rudolph – Clinical Head of My Sexual Health
011 568 4800
www.DrElnaRudolph.co.za
www.mysexualhealth.co.za

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