A trained doctor will assess you by:

  • Asking you questions about your reproductive, sexual, and medical health
  • Check that your Pap tests are up to date
  • Possibly test for infection
  • Ask if you tend to faint easily
  • Provide you with a prescription for the Mirena®

You will be asked to return with the Mirena®, that day or another time, for insertion according to the best time for you.

It is a good idea to have something to eat before coming to the clinic.

The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Most women find the procedure a little uncomfortable, some women find it painful.

For the insertion, sometimes a local anaesthetic is given into the cervix.

Occasionally a woman may prefer or need to have the insertion as a day case in a hospital while asleep. Occasionally some women feel faint during or after the procedure. After insertion you will be asked to rest at the clinic for 10-15 minutes before you leave.

Following insertion, some women notice bleeding or abdominal cramping overnight or for a few days.

You should expect light intermittent spotting from 2 weeks to 6 months while the IUD settles in.

A follow up visit will be made for 3-4 weeks to check on the placement and the bleeding pattern.