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Contraception Essay - The Mirena is a type of Intrauterine system. That is, it is placed inside a woman's uterus in order to prevent pregnancy

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´╗┐The Mirena (Intrauterine System) Unwanted pregnancy is a serious problem that affects many women, which is why contraceptive devices are becoming more and more popular. An effective form of birth control which came out in 2001 is known as the Mirena. The Mirena is a type of Intrauterine system. That is, it is placed inside a woman's uterus in order to prevent pregnancy. It is a plastic device that works by releasing small amounts of levonorgestrel-an imitation hormone of the pregnancy stimulus hormone, progesterone. Levonorgestrel thickens the cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to reach the womb and fertilize an egg. I think the Mirena has many limitations and benefits, and has impacted our society both economically and ethically. There are multiple factors that make the Mirena a favorable device. First and foremost, it can successfully control birth, and gives women who do not want children the opportunity to have sex without fear of pregnancy. The Mirena is long lasting, and smoothly operates for up to five years. At the same time, it is a reversible contraception device, and can always be removed: There is an eight out of ten ?post Mirena use? successful pregnancy rate among women. ...read more.

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of the uterus, allergic reactions, and more. Although you can become pregnant after using the Mirena, you must wait at least one year after the removal, making it difficult for people who want children as soon as possible. In addition, the Mirena does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, such as Herpes and HIV, so having safe sex while using the Mirena is not guaranteed. The Mirena poses economical and social impacts. Many people overlook the Mirena because of its high cost at first glance, in comparison to other forms of birth control. However, the IUD is actually one of the most economical types of contraceptive devices. According to Klonick (2009), ?While daily or monthly forms of birth control can cost up to $60 a month, an IUD is a one-time cost between $300 and $500?though it's often covered by insurance (2009).? The price covers the IUD itself, the health care provider who helps insert it, and checkups. The total cost ranges from between $200 to $500 USD. The Mirena also makes social impacts, as it is becoming more and more popular because of its values (long lasting, easy to use, removable, economical), with over 2,000,000 women in the U.S using it. ...read more.

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The Mirena brings to mind the moral principle of the preservation of one’s life, as in certain cultures, using it is seen as killing a future baby. Aleksovski, G. (2009, January). Reasons for birth contol. Retrieved April 24, 2012, from http://ehealthforum.com/health/reasons_for_birth_control-e14.html American Pregnancy Association. (n.d.) Intrauterine devices: IUD. Retrieved April 26, 2012, from http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/iud.html Bedsider. (n.d.). Birth control method: IUD. Retrieved April 26, 2012, from http://bedsider.org/methods/iud#details_tab Drug Information Online. (n.d.). Mirena side effects-for the consumer. Retrieved April 26, 2012, from http://www.drugs.com/sfx/mirena-side-effects.html Kidshealth, (n.d.). Ectopic pregnancy. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_center/your_pregnancy/ectopic.html Klonick, K. (2009, July). The best birth control. Why more young women should start using IUDs. Retrieved April 26, 2012, from http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2009/07/the_best_birth_control.html Marshall, Sarah. (2010, May). Intrauterine Device (IUD) Birth Control and Side Effects. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/intrauterine-device-iud-for-birth-control Mirena®. (n.d.) Mirena® Home Page; Official Website. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://www.mirena-us.com Robinson, B. A. (2007, August). Current beliefs by various religious and secular groups. Retrieved April 26, 2012. from, http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_hist1.htm Roth, E. (2009, October). Uterine perforation. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://www.livestrong.com/uterine-perforation/ RxList. (n.d.) Mirena. Retrieved April 24, 2012, from http://www.rxlist.com/mirena-drug.htm Wikipedia. (2012, April). Intrauterine device. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrauterine_device Zapolnik, C. (n.d.) What is an intrauterine pregnancy? Retrieved March 24, 2012, from http://www.ehow.com/facts_4868212_what-intrauterine-pregnancy.html Copyright Cla5ire ...read more.

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