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Mirena IUD
by Donna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS

Donna BaloQ. I've had two ParaGuard IUDs in the past. They were both fine, but the thing I did not like about it was the HEAVY periods. Now, I want to get an IUD again after this baby and I hear the Mirena shouldn't make my periods as heavy as the ParaGuard. Is this true?

Is it safe to use while breastfeeding?

A.It is fine to use the Mirena while breastfeeding. It is effective for up to five years (the Paraguard is good for 10 years), but either can be removed sooner, if desired.

One of the advantages of the Mirena is that progesterone is released and therefore, like the Depo shot, it should mean less bleeding. The Paraguard has no hormones in it.

Many of my clients have used the Mirena and love it.


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