If you’ve got a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, new research has shown that these methods prevent pregnancy for 1 year longer than previously thought. This means that Mirena actually lasts for 6 years (up from 5), and both Implanon and Nexplanon implants last for 4 years (up from 3).
This change is ONLY for birth control implants and the Mirena IUD. The expiration time for all other types of IUDs stays the same:
- Paragard (copper) IUD: 12 years
- Liletta IUD: 3 years
- Skyla IUD: 3 years
The new expiration date applies to anyone who currently has a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, as well as anyone who gets them in the future. So for example: if you got your Mirena IUD in 2012, it will prevent pregnancy until 2018 (6 years). If you get a Mirena IUD in 2016, it will prevent pregnancy until 2022.
As always, if you want to get pregnant or stop using your IUD or implant before the expiration date, your nurse or doctor can remove it at any time and your fertility will go back to normal.