Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives: What You Need to Know






A recent study showed that long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the most effective methods of birth control. LARCs – the copper ParaGard IUD, the hormonal Mirena IUD, and the hormonal contraceptive implant – can prevent unwanted pregnancy up to 20 times better than birth control pills, patches and vaginal rings.

Birth control is not one-size-fits-all, but a LARC may be right for you. They are a great option for a woman who may want to become pregnant in the future but also desires long-term, highly effective pregnancy prevention. IUDs and implants are reversible at any time you decide to become pregnant and must be removed by a health care provider.

Unlike many providers, PPLM provides IUDs to women who have never been pregnant. IUDs remain safe and highly effective for women who have never been pregnant, despite popular misconceptions.

Keep in mind that LARCs don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use an external (male) or internal (female) condom to reduce the risk of infection.

Learn more about your options and know what to expect if you get a LARC at PPLM:

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