Getting Pregnant After the Mirena

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1. What Is Mirena?

Mirena is an IUD, or intrauterine device, that is placed in the uterus. The device delivers a small amount of the hormone progestin directly to the uterus. This birth control method must be put into place by a doctor and it is successful at preventing pregnancy for up to five years.

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The IUD is placed within seven days of the start of the menstrual period and is 99% effective as a contraceptive. Mirena is a great birth control method for women who know they do not want to get pregnant for an extended period of time, or women who need a contraceptive that they do not have to worry about every single day. But, what happens when a woman decides that she wants to get pregnant after Mirena?

2. Pregnancy After Mirena

To begin trying to get pregnant after Mirena, the IUD will first have to be removed. Removal of the IUD usually feels much like insertion, with a little bit of cramping and a possible pinch, but no real actual pain.

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The great thing about conceiving after Mirena is that there is no waiting period and couples can begin trying to get pregnant right away. Many women report getting pregnant very soon after having their Mirena IUDs removed. The average waiting time for getting pregnant after Mirena is 4-6 months, which is actually pretty fast.

Approximately 8 out of 10 women become pregnant within a year of going off of their Mirena IUD. It usually does not take a woman’s body long to bounce back after stopping Mirena, and in general, the recovery rate for fertility levels seem higher than with injectable contraceptives such as Depo-Provera.

3. What To Know

It is important to know that Mirena is sometimes also used in women who have very heavy menstrual periods, so it is not always used solely for contraceptive reasons. Mirena is usually very safe, but it is also important to note that there is a higher instance of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) in women who use Mirena as compared to the general population.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can lead to fertility problems down the road for the women who suffer from it. However, most of the time Mirena is a very safe choice for a contraceptive, and women who want to get pregnant after taking it have a very high rate of success.

One of the most important things that women can do before getting their Mirena IUD removed is to have a candid and honest talk with their doctor about the pros and cons of having the Mirena IUD removed, and so that they can be informed of everything they need to know.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.