Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Mirena
  2. Skyla

Descriptions


Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is a device that contains the female hormone, levonorgestrel. It is placed in the uterus (womb) where it slowly releases the hormone to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years for Skyla (TM) or up to 5 years for Mirena(R). It works by stopping a woman's egg from fully developing each month. The egg can no longer accept a sperm and fertilization (pregnancy) is prevented.

Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women. It works best in women who have had at least one child.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Insert, Extended Release