MIRENA® IUD

Mirena® is a form of long acting contraception which maybe suitable for women of any age. It is a type of intrauterine device (IUD) which is placed within the uterine cavity. The device releases a small daily dose of a progesterone-like hormone called Levonorgestrel and a number of factors combine to provide effective contraception for up to 5 years.

Please book an initial consultation with Dr Shilpa Chegu who has had specialized training in Gynaecology & for Mirena placement. It is important to inform reception staff that a Mirena® IUD consultation is required when booking an appointment. The initial consult is Bulk Billed. Out of pocket charges apply for the procedure.

FAQS

Mirena® is a form of long acting contraception which maybe suitable for women of any age. It is a type of intrauterine device (IUD) which is placed within the uterine cavity. The device releases a small daily dose of a progesterone-like hormone called Levonorgestrel and a number of factors combine to provide effective contraception for up to 5 years.

It is very effective in preventing pregnancy and it acts for an extended period of time. It is readily reversible and usual fertility returns soon after it is removed. It often reduces the amount of menstrual bleeding and can reduce period pain.

The Mirena® IUD is inserted into the uterine cavity through the natural opening of the cervical canal by a doctor who has been trained in the correct technique. Once it is confirmed that the woman is not pregnant (e.g. day 3-5 of your period) and a vaginal swab has been taken to ensure no infection is present, the Mirena® can be inserted at any time.

Mirena® could still be appropriate for you but if your cervical canal is tightly closed you will need to be referred to either a private gynaecologist or an outpatient clinic at a hospital to have the IUD inserted. This will be discussed with you at your first appointment.

If it is inserted during the first week after the start of your period, it is effective immediately. If it is inserted at any other time in your cycle, it is effective after one week.

Having an IUD inserted involves attending two appointments, one for assessment and another one for the insertion. Please book an initial consultation with Dr Shilpa Chegu who has had specialized training in Gynaecology & for Mirena placement. It is important to inform reception staff that a Mirena® IUD consultation is required when booking an appointment. The initial appointment is Bulk Billed. We also recommend a review appointment 6-8 weeks following insertion of Mirena® to make sure IUD hasn’t moved and for signs & symptoms of infection. The review appointment is Bulk Billed.

Initial Consult: Bulk Billed

Mirena Insertion*: $165 out of pocket

Mirena Removal: $75 out of pocket

— Bring Mirena® IUD that you have purchased from the pharmacy — Take some painkillers (e.g Nurofen or Paracetamol) about one hour prior to the appointment — Consider having someone care for your children and to accompany you home — Arrive well hydrated and ensure you have eaten recently to promote better recovery — Please be aware that the insertion appointment takes 30 minutes, but some people require longer to fully recover. Occasionally the insertion is unsuccessful, and patients may require referral to a public hospital or private specialist.

We recommend a review appointment 6-8 weeks following insertion of Mirena® to make sure IUD hasn’t moved and for signs & symptoms of infection. The review appointment is bulk billed.

Please see the Family Planning Victoria website
for helpful videos about insertions & general information