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Teens and the IUD

July 8th, 2010 by Elizabeth Kissling

Art by Flickr user Buhny | CC 2.0

Art by Flickr user Buhny | CC 2.0

A new study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that adolescents are usually able to tolerate the Mirena® IUD rather well. The mean age of girls in this British study was 15.3 years, and they were prescribed the Mirena® for painful and/or heavy periods that did not respond to oral medications. 93.4% of girls in the study (45 young women) reported “significant improvement” within four months. The researchers conclude “that Mirena is a well tolerated and effective alternative for heavy periods±dysmenorrhoea in adolescents who do not respond to oral therapy.”

So will this finding make it easier for young women to obtain an IUD if they’d like it for birth control, now that there is evidence that it is well tolerated?

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