August 17, 2022 – Bayer’s Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) has been approved for prevention of pregnancy for up to 8 years; Mirena may be replaced after the end of the eighth year.
- Mirena also treats heavy periods for up to 5 years in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
- For recommended dosing, there are two options:
- For contraception, it is recommended to remove Mirena by the end of the eighth year and replace at the time of removal with a new Mirena if continued use is desired.
- For treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding, it is recommended to replace Mirena by the end of the fifth year if continued use is needed because data on use in this indication beyond 5 years are limited.
- Mirena first received FDA approval in 2000.
- The cost for Mirena is roughly $1,050.