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Mirena Coil Removal

Mirena coil removal


A Mirena coil is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that can provide effective long-term birth control. It can be used safely by premenopausal women of all ages and has a range of benefits as a method of contraception.


The Mirena coil can remain in place for up to five years and doesn’t require partner participation, can be used while breastfeeding, and doesn’t carry the risk of side effects related to birth control that contains estrogen.  It can be removed at any time for a quick return to fertility. 


How does it work?


The Mirena coil is a T-shaped plastic frame that’s inserted into the uterus. There it releases progestin, a type of hormone. This thickens the mucus in the cervix to prevent sperm from reaching or fertilising an egg. It thins the lining of the uterus and partially suppresses ovulation. For some women, it may also prevent the release of an egg, but most women will continue to ovulate.


It is also sometimes used to prevent severe menstrual pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping, endometriosis or fibroids.


Why may someone want this removed?


The Mirena coil can provide effective contraception for up to five years. If a woman still wants to enjoy the benefits of a Mirena coil, then they may wish to have their old coil removed and replaced with another.


If a woman would like to become pregnant, then she may wish to have her Mirena coil removed prior to the end of its effective life. Alternatively, a woman may wish to use another form of contraception. In some cases, someone may wish to have their Mirena coil removed due to a medical diagnosis such as cancer or liver disease unrelated to the use of the device.


Whatever the reason for wanting a Mirena coil removed, the process is quick, safe and simple.

What is the Mirena coil removal process?


Typically, Mirena coil removal can be successfully completed in just a few minutes. The doctor will use forceps to pull the string of the Mirena coil. The arms of the device should then fold to allow for easy removal.  If the strings are missing, the doctor may need to use a sonogram or X-ray to locate the device. In these cases, the doctor may need to dilate the cervical canal.


In most cases, the removal of the IUD is a straightforward and painless procedure. Your doctor will be happy to talk to you about the process and what to expect.


Why is it best to get this done privately?


Having your Mirena coil removed privately gives you total privacy and freedom to choose when you have the procedure carried out. Dr Lisa provides a compassionate service to her clients, making the process as relaxed and simple as possible.


You are given one-on-one attention; your questions are answered and the process isn’t hurried. When you opt for private Mirena coil removal you have more control over the process.

Dr Lisa Briscoe Chavda BSc MBBS MRCP DFSRH MRCGP
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