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Should You Choose Long-Acting Reversible Contraception?

They are safe and effective for most women and teens

Are you wondering if long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) might be right for you? Make an appointment at your local Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson health center to discuss your birth control options with a health care professional.

Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, which include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the implant, are the most effective forms of reversible birth control.  In addition, they are safe and effective for most women and teens.

IUDs are small, T-shaped pieces of plastic that are put into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs, ParaGard and Mirena.
ParaGard:
 98% effective in preventing pregnancy
 Can be used for 12 years
 May be removed at any time if a woman would like to become pregnant
 Made of copper
 Contains no hormones

Mirena:
 99% effective in preventing pregnancy 
 Can be used for five years
 May also be removed if a woman would like to become pregnant
 Contains levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone used in some birth control pills 

Implant (a thin, matchstick-sized rod that goes under the skin of your upper arm): 
 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
 Can be used for up to three years
 Contains etonogestrel, a progestin hormone used in some birth control methods.

It is important to remember that LARCs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. In order to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections, also use a condom during intercourse.
 


 


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