Mirena (IUCs) Clinic Specialist

Rudolf Novak, MD, FRCSC, ARDMS -  - OB/GYN

Rudolf Novak, MD, FRCSC, ARDMS

OB/GYN located in Thunder Bay, ON

For an effective form of long-term birth control, you can forget about, consider Mirena®, Jaydess®, or Kyleena®. Dr. Rudolf Novak provides these intrauterine contraception (IUC) devices at his Mirena Clinic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He knows that initiating birth control can be a time-sensitive issue and he will see you within two weeks to address your needs. If you want to try Mirena or another IUC, ask your provider to refer you to Dr. Novak.

Mirena (IUCs) Clinic Q & A

What is the Mirena® IUC?

Mirena is a form of intrauterine contraception (IUC) that provides effective pregnancy prevention. Mirena consists of a small T-shaped device that goes inside the uterus.

A tiny cylinder inside the device releases the hormone levonorgestrel. The hormone thins your uterine lining and thickens your cervical mucus to make it uninhabitable to sperm.

What are the benefits of Mirena?

Mirena is a highly effective method of birth control that offers a variety of benefits, for example, it’s usually safe to use if you’re breastfeeding and or can’t use estrogen.

You don’t need to remember to “take” this type of birth control either. Once Mirena is in place, it’s effective for up to five years.

Although Mirena provides long-term birth control, it’s easily reversible. You can start trying for a baby immediately after it’s removed.

While on Mirena, you may enjoy lighter or no periods. The birth control method regulates your menstrual cycle and reduces symptoms of endometriosis.

Neither you nor your partner should feel Mirena inside your body. You can have sex and use tampons like normal. As with other non-barrier methods of birth control, Mirena doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI).

Is Mirena right for me?

Birth control is a very personal choice that you make with the guidance of Dr. Novak. Mirena might be the best method if you:

  • Don’t want to remember to administer your birth control daily
  • Are unsure if or know you want more children
  • Can’t use estrogen due to breastfeeding or breast cancer
  • Want to see if Mirena provides relief from heavy periods
  • Aren’t at risk of contracting an STI

How does Mirena placement work?

When you request Mirena placement at Dr. Novak’s Mirena clinic, your visit is scheduled within two weeks. During your appointment, you’re asked to undress from the waist down and relax on an exam table.

To place Mirena, Dr. Novak inserts a thin plastic insertion tube through your vagina and into your uterus; next, he inserts the IUC. As the last two steps, he removes the tube, leaves Mirena in place, and trims the two threads that extend from the device.

Mirena takes only moments to place during a quick in-office appointment. You may experience slight cramping, spotting, or pain after you leave the office, but these side effects should quickly subside.

Dr. Novak will see you for a follow-up appointment in six weeks to confirm that Mirena is still properly positioned and that there are no issues to address.

Learn more about birth control and sexual health on the Sex & U website.