The Mirena coil is a small plastic T-shaped intrauterine device that is increasingly being used to treat women with endometriosis. It contains a progestogen (progesterone-like substance) that is released into the uterus over a period of 5 years.Mirena has been used around the world as a contraceptive since the early 1990s. However, it is only in the last few years that Gynaecologists have begun investigating its possible use for the treatment of endometriosis, even though it has not been approved for this use in most countries.
Little information is available on the use of Mirena for women with endometriosis. Only a few studies have been published, the longest of which followed women for 3 years. However, to date, the studies indicate that it is an effective treatment for endometriosis.
Perhaps you could have a conversation with your gynaecologist as to whether this may be an option for you. He/she is best placed to advise you about your suitability.
Women’s Health Educator
Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
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