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PRESS STATEMENT: Health Care Providers Applaud FDA Approval of Mirena to Treat Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Important Action Offers Women Who Suffer this Condition a Non-Surgical Option and Reflects FDAs Renewed Commitment to Evidence-Based Science

For Immediate Release
October 2,  2009

Wayne C. Shields
President & CEO, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

On behalf of the more than 11,000 members of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), ARHP applauds the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of Mirena (levonorgestrel intrauterine system) to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use intrauterine contraception as their method of pregnancy prevention.  

Mirena was approved as a contraceptive by the FDA in 2000. It is a small, flexible hormone-releasing device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device is inserted by a trained health care professional.

Recent studies show a statistically significant reduction in menstrual blood loss in women using Mirena. Participants in the most recent clinical trial had excessive menstrual blood loss prior to treatment and did not have any medical conditions that are known to cause heavy menstrual bleeding, except for small uterine fibroids in some cases.

Many women suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding and, until now, have had limited options for treatment other than surgery, often times hysterectomy. This indication allows exploration of a non-surgical intervention and gives women with this condition a less invasive option.


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