Do heavy periods affect your life? If you answered yes, Mirena might be a good fit for you! In 2009, the FDA announced its approval for Mirena to be used as a non-surgical treatment option to help treat and manage heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy periods take a physical, social and emotional toll as well. Studies show heavy periods mean more than heavy bleeding. They can affect women in a number of ways:
- Many feel tired and nauseated
- Many women experience bad cramps
- Many have headaches
- More than 60% have had to miss out on social or athletic events
- About 80% report avoiding sex
- 33% have been forced to miss work
- 77% have depression or moodiness
- 75% feel anxious
- 57% report a lack of confidence during their period
What Can You Do?
In some women with heavy bleeding, the total blood loss per cycle progressively decreases with continued use. The number of spotting and bleeding days may initially increase but then typically decrease in the months that follow. Bleeding may also continue to be irregular. Call your healthcare provider if bleeding becomes heavy after it has been light for a while. About 20% of women may have no period at all at the end of one year of use with Mirena.
Are you ready to take control of your health? Mirena might be right for you. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
NOTE: If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don’t use Mirena. Less than 1% of users get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In addition, Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDs. Mirena lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years.
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