A hormonal IUD releases small amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. This thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Furthermore it thins the lining of the uterus preventing implantation and inhibits sperm from reaching and/or fertilizing an egg.
The Mirena IUD is very effective and can be used for a period of up to five years. Of course you can also use it for a shorter period for example between two pregnancies. You can get a Mirena IUD at the pharmacy with a prescription and it will cost around €160. You can get the prescription from our assistent, your midwife or huisarts.
Kyleena is a newer version of the Mirena IUD. It works in the same way and has the same effectiveness of preventing pregnancy but has a lower hormone level (Levonorgestrel). It will cost €140 and has become the number one choice of hormonal IUD unless you suffer from severe blood loss during your period. In that case the Mirena will be more effective.
If you do not have extra coverage with your health insurance you will have to pay for an IUD yourself. You can check with your insurance if, and under what conditions, an IUD is covered.