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Mirena IUD Approved for Up to 7 Years of Pregnancy Prevention

This post originally appeared on the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Exchange website. View original post here.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded approval of the Mirena levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) for up to 7 years of pregnancy prevention. Previously, the Mirena IUD was indicated for contraception for up to 6 years.

The approval was based on data from the phase 3 Mirena Extension Trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02985541) that evaluated the efficacy of Mirena during extended use beyond 5 years. The study included 362 women aged 18 to 35 years who had been using Mirena for not less than 4.5 years and no more than 5 years at enrollment. This an important step in providing an expanded range of long-acting reversible contraception options to users globally. Additional information is available here.

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