Mirena for endometriosis treatment
Mirena has been used worldwide as a contraceptive since the early 1990s; however, it has recently come to light as a treatment for endometriosis.
There is not much information available on the use of the Mirena for endometriosis treatment. Only a few studies have been done so far and they have only followed women for about four years.
However, there is promise and the studies indicate that it is an effective treatment for endometriosis and may have the potential to be a long-term treatment for women who want to postpone pregnancy.
If, in fact, Mirena proves to be effective as a long-term treatment for endometriosis, it has several potential advantages over current treatments:
· in theory there are fewer side effects
· no need for pills
· no need for regular injections
· no need for contraception
· option for continuous treatment
However, until there are more clinical trials, it is difficult to determine exactly how well it will work.
How Mirena Can Help Endo
The Mirena reduces the amount of blood flow during a woman's period. In some cases, it stops it altogether. It is this fact that has made the Mirena an attractive option for treatment.
The Mirena, like other types of IUDs and IUSs, is inserted by a doctor and remains in the womb for five years. A low dose of levonorgestrel goes directly into the lining of the womb rather than into the bloodstream where it can lead to possible progesterone-type side effects. At the end of the five-year period, the coil should be removed and, if desired, it can be replaced immediately.
The Mirena coil shows much promise for relief of endometriosis symptoms for women who suffer with this painful condition. Hopefully, future research will confirm its efficacy.
Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects millions of women worldwide. Learn more about the disease and the various treatments available here.