Important Safety Information

Who is not appropriate for Kyleena

Use of Kyleena is contraindicated in women with: known or suspected pregnancy and cannot be used for post-coital contraception; congenital or acquired uterine anomaly, including fibroids if they distort the uterine cavity; known or suspected breast cancer or other progestin-sensitive cancer, now or in the past; known or suspected uterine or cervical... Continue below

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IUD and Inserter Specifications

Kyleena® T Body is smaller than Mirena® (32 mm x 32 mm) and Liletta® (32 mm x 32 mm)
Kyleena® insertion tube diameter

IUD=intrauterine device.

Ease-of-insertion data for Kyleena

Prospective, non-interventional, multinational single-arm cohort study at 12 sites in 100 women with different or no previously used contraceptive methods (including women without previous contraception forming one of the subgroups), who had already decided to use Kyleena. The primary endpoint is to evaluate overall satisfaction with Kyleena in subgroups of women with different previously used contraceptive methods and different motivations for choice of Kyleena. Data shown are from secondary study endpoints, ease of insertion as assessed by investigators and pain at insertion as assessed by women, and are from US insertions only.3-5

Insertion survey results

Ease of insertion was a secondary endpoint, assessed by investigator at initial visit as easy, slightly difficult, or very difficult. There were 24 patients who reported at least 1 adverse event in the US.3,6


Insertion considerations
Insertion may be associated with some pain and/or bleeding or vasovagal reactions (for example, syncope, bradycardia) or with seizure, especially in patients with a predisposition to these conditions. Consider administering analgesics prior to insertion.1

Pain survey results

Pain at insertion was a secondary endpoint, assessed at initial visit based on the categories none, mild, moderate, or severe.3


Counsel on insertion pain: Let your patients know that pain is a common side effect. Patients may experience pain, bleeding, or dizziness during and after placement. If symptoms don’t pass within 30 minutes after placement, Kyleena may not have been placed correctly. The HCP should examine whether or not Kyleena will need to be removed or replaced.1

HCP=healthcare provider; US=United States.


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Kyleena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 19.5 mg is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy for up to 5 years. Replace the system after 5 years if continued use is desired.



Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg is indicated for prevention of pregnancy for up to 6 years; replace after the end of the sixth year. Mirena is indicated for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding for up to 5 years in women who choose to use intrauterine contraception as their method of contraception; replace after the end of the fifth year if continued treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding is needed.



Who is not appropriate for Kyleena and Mirena

Use of Kyleena or Mirena is contraindicated in women with: known or suspected pregnancy and cannot be used for post-coital contraception; congenital or acquired uterine anomaly, including fibroids if they distort the uterine cavity; known or suspected breast cancer or other progestin-sensitive cancer, now or in the past; known or suspected uterine or cervical malignancy; liver disease, including tumors; untreated acute cervicitis or vaginitis, including lower genital tract infections (eg, bacterial vaginosis) until infection is controlled; postpartum endometritis or infected abortion in the past 3 months; unexplained uterine bleeding; current IUD; acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or history of PID (except with later intrauterine pregnancy); conditions increasing susceptibility to pelvic infection; or hypersensitivity to any component of Kyleena or Mirena.


Clinical considerations for use and removal of Kyleena and Mirena

Use Kyleena or Mirena with caution after careful assessment in patients with coagulopathy or taking anticoagulants; migraine, focal migraine with asymmetrical visual loss, or other symptoms indicating transient cerebral ischemia; exceptionally severe headache; marked increase of blood pressure; or severe arterial disease such as stroke or myocardial infarction. Consider removing the intrauterine system if these or the following arise during use: uterine or cervical malignancy or jaundice. If the threads are not visible or are significantly shortened they may have broken or retracted into the cervical canal or uterus. If Kyleena or Mirena is displaced (e.g., expelled or perforated the uterus), remove it. Kyleena can be safely scanned with MRI only under specific conditions.


Pregnancy related risks with Kyleena and Mirena

If pregnancy should occur with Kyleena or Mirena in place, remove the intrauterine system because leaving it in place may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion and preterm labor. Removal or manipulation may result in pregnancy loss. For Kyleena, advise her of isolated reports of virilization of the female fetus following local exposure to LNG during pregnancy with an LNG IUS in place. Evaluate women for ectopic pregnancy because the likelihood of a pregnancy being ectopic is increased with Kyleena or Mirena. Also consider the possibility of ectopic pregnancy in the case of lower abdominal pain, especially in association with missed menses or if an amenorrheic woman starts bleeding. Tell women about the signs of ectopic pregnancy and associated risks, including loss of fertility. Women with a history of ectopic pregnancy, tubal surgery, or pelvic infection carry a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy.


Educate her about PID

Kyleena and Mirena are contraindicated in the presence of known or suspected PID or in women with a history of PID unless there has been a subsequent intrauterine pregnancy. IUDs have been associated with an increased risk of PID, most likely due to organisms being introduced into the uterus during insertion. Promptly examine users with complaints of lower abdominal pain or pelvic pain, odorous discharge, unexplained bleeding, fever, genital lesions or sores. Inform women about the possibility of PID and that PID can cause tubal damage leading to ectopic pregnancy or infertility, or infrequently can necessitate hysterectomy, or cause death. PID is often associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Kyleena and Mirena do not protect against STIs, including HIV. PID may be asymptomatic but still result in tubal damage and its sequelae.


In clinical trials with:

  • Kyleena – PID occurred more frequently within the first year and most often within the first month after insertion.
  • Mirena – upper genital infections, including PID, occurred more frequently within the first year. In a clinical trial with other IUDs and a clinical trial with an IUD similar to Mirena, the highest rate occurred within the first month after insertion.


Expect changes in bleeding patterns with Kyleena and Mirena

Spotting and irregular or heavy bleeding may occur during the first 3 to 6 months. Periods may become shorter and/or lighter thereafter. Cycles may remain irregular, become infrequent, or even cease. Consider pregnancy if menstruation does not occur within 6 weeks of the onset of previous menstruation.


Because irregular bleeding/spotting is common during the first months of Kyleena or Mirena use, exclude endometrial pathology (polyps or cancer) prior to the insertion of the IUD in women with persistent or uncharacteristic bleeding. If a significant change in bleeding develops during prolonged use, take appropriate diagnostic measures to rule out endometrial pathology.


Be aware of other serious complications and most common adverse reactions

Some serious complications with IUDs like Kyleena and Mirena are sepsis, perforation and expulsion. Severe infection, or sepsis, including Group A streptococcal sepsis (GAS) have been reported following insertion of a LNG-releasing IUS. Aseptic technique during insertion of the IUD is essential in order to minimize serious infections, such as GAS.


Perforation (total or partial, including penetration/embedment of Kyleena or Mirena in the uterine wall or cervix) may occur, most often during insertion, although the perforation may not be detected until sometime later. Perforation may reduce contraceptive efficacy. If perforation occurs, locate and remove the intrauterine system. Surgery may be required. Delayed detection or removal of the intrauterine system in case of perforation may result in migration outside the uterine cavity, adhesions, peritonitis, intestinal perforations, intestinal obstruction, abscesses, and erosion of adjacent viscera. The risk of perforation may be increased if inserted when the uterus is not completely involuted or fixed retroverted. A postmarketing safety study over a 1-year observational period reported that lactation at the time of insertion of an IUS/IUD was associated with an increased risk of perforation. In this study, for Mirena users, the incidence of uterine perforation was reported as 6.3 per 1,000 insertions for lactating women, compared to 1.0 per 1,000 insertions for non-lactating women.


Partial or complete expulsion of Kyleena or Mirena may occur resulting in the loss of contraceptive protection. Delay insertion a minimum of six weeks or until uterine involution is complete following a delivery or a second trimester abortion. Remove a partially expelled IUD. If expulsion has occurred, a new Kyleena or Mirena can be inserted any time the provider can be reasonably certain the woman is not pregnant.


Ovarian cysts may occur and are generally asymptomatic, but may be accompanied by pelvic pain or dyspareunia. Evaluate persistent enlarged ovarian cysts.


In clinical trials with:

  • Kyleena – the most common adverse reactions (≥5%) were vulvovaginitis (24%), ovarian cyst (22%), abdominal/pelvic pain (21%), headache/migraine (15%), acne/seborrhea (15%), dysmenorrhea/uterine spasm (10%), breast pain/breast discomfort (10%), and increased bleeding (8%).
  • Mirena
    • Adverse reactions reported in ≥5% users are alterations of menstrual bleeding patterns [including unscheduled uterine bleeding (31.9%), decreased uterine bleeding (23.4%), increased scheduled uterine bleeding (11.9%), and female genital tract bleeding (3.5%)], abdominal/pelvic pain (22.6%), amenorrhea (18.4%), headache/migraine (16.3%), genital discharge (14.9%), vulvovaginitis (10.5%), breast pain (8.5%), back pain (7.9%), benign ovarian cyst and associated complications (7.5%), acne (6.8%), depression/depressive mood (6.4%) and dysmenorrhea (6.4%).
    • In the 6 year extension study, a consistent adverse reaction profile was observed. By the end of Year 6 of use, amenorrhea and infrequent bleeding are experienced by 24% and 31% of users, respectively; irregular bleeding occurs in 15%, and prolonged bleeding in 2% of users.


Teach patients to recognize and immediately report signs or symptoms of the aforementioned conditions. Evaluate patients 4 to 6 weeks after insertion of Kyleena or Mirena and then yearly or more often if clinically indicated.


For important information about Kyleena, please see the accompanying Full Prescribing Information
For important information about Mirena, please see the accompanying Full Prescribing Information

References: 1. Kyleena [prescribing information]. Whippany, NJ: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; 2021. 2. Mirena [prescribing information]. Whippany, NJ: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; 2017. 3. Data on file. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. 19186; Kyleena Satisfaction Study 1.0; 2017. 4. Data on file. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. Clinical Study Report: PH-37274. 5. Kyleena satisfaction study/observational study on user satisfaction with the levonorgestrel intrauterine delivery system Kyleena (LNG-IUS 12) in new contraceptive users and after switching from another contraceptive method (KYSS). Updated April 17, 2020. Accessed October 15, 2020. 6. Data on file. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. Overall summary of number of patients with treatment-emergent adverse events (SAF) USA; 2020.