At Women’s Health Hub there is an increasing demand for Mirena insertion. Many patients have noted the significant improvement in their quality of life after the insertion, and as a result most women are referred to us via word of mouth.
What is the Mirena?
A Mirena is a intrauterine device (IUD) which releases progesterone hormone.
What are the uses of Mirena?
Who can have the Mirena?
What are the benefits of Mirena compared with the contraceptive pill?
What are the disadvantages of the Mirena?
What are the side effects of the Mirena?
What will happen to my menstrual cycle?
The insertion of a Mirena can be performed by a gynaecologist or a GP with extra training. Some General Practitioners at Women’s Health Hub have had extended training and are qualified to perform the Mirena insertion.
The starting point for a patient is to book an initial extended consultation with the GP which takes around 20 minutes. The GP will discuss the alternatives with the patient to determine the health issue at hand and whether the Mirena is the best solution for the patient.
We make sure that every single woman who has the procedure provides a prior urine sample to test for chlamydia or gonorrhoea. If suitable, the GP will provide a script for to buy the Mirena at the chemist.
On the day of the procedure, patients spend an hour in clinic, which includes performing certain checks done with our nurse before and after the procedure. The actual length of procedural time is no more than 15 minutes.
We strongly recommend panadol and neurofen around 30 minutes prior to the procedure to minimise discomfort.
What are the risks?
We minimise this risk by doing a urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at the initial consultation and by performing the procedure under sterile conditions
In some women, the uterus contracts and expels the Mirena of its own accord. We recommend doing a monthly check for the presence of Mirena strings after insertion to minimise the chances of an undetected expulsion.
This occurs when the Mirena device extrudes from the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Every care is made by our doctors to minimise the risk of perforation thru various methods.
As Mirena is effective at preventing 99.8% of all pregnancies. The chances are greatly reduced as compared to a woman who is not taking any form of contraception.
The Mirena device costs around $40 at the local chemist. The procedure costs $250, and around half is covered by Medicare so the out of pocket is $124.10
Contact the Women’s Health Hub and make an extended consultation to determine if the Mirena is the right solution for you. For further information on the questions to discuss with your GP regarding a Mirena, please visit the Mirena website.
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