Mirena insertion refers to the placement of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) into the uterus by a healthcare provider. Mirena is a type of hormonal IUD that releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The insertion procedure takes place in the GP’s office and involves several steps.

First, the GP will perform a pelvic examination to assess the size and position of the uterus. Then, they will insert a speculum into the vagina to visualize the cervix. The cervix may be cleaned with an antiseptic solution to reduce the risk of infection.

Next, the GP will use a special instrument called a uterine sound to measure the depth and angle of the uterus. This helps ensure accurate placement of the Mirena IUD.

Once the uterus has been measured, the Mirena IUD, which is a small T-shaped device containing the hormone levonorgestrel, will be inserted through the cervix and into the uterus using an inserter device. The arms of the IUD will then open up, releasing the hormone-releasing component.

After insertion, the GP will trim the strings of the IUD so that they extend just a few centimeters into the vagina. These strings allow for easy removal of the IUD at a later date.

Mirena insertion is generally a quick and relatively painless procedure, although some women may experience mild discomfort or cramping during or after the procedure. It is important to follow any post-insertion instructions provided by the GP and to schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that the IUD is properly in place.