There's a new means for contraception that lasts for half a decade. It's an Intrauterine Device, or IUD, called Mirena, and it's intended for women who've already had at least one child.
Mirena is a small, flexible T-shaped device inserted into the uterus in the doctor's office. It works by releasing tiny amounts of the hormone Levonorgestrel into the uterus blocking the sperm. "This has more mechanisms of action. All the other IUD's only kill sperm, but this one actually stops the sperm from getting into the uterus," says Dr. Ira Thorneycraft, OG/GYN.
Dr. Thorneycraft says an added benefit for women using Mirena is that it reduces menstrual flow. The manufacturer says it is 99% effective with minimal side effects. If you'd like more information on Mirena, you can (click here).