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Too Busy to Remember Birth Control?

An IUC or implant may be just right for you.

These long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective.

Visit the birth control experts at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to learn more. 

About LARCs

LARC methods include:

  • Intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs) - small, T-shaped devices that are put into your uterus to prevent pregnancy, and
  • Implants - a thin, matchstick-sized plastic rod inserted under the skin of your upper arm.

LARCs are the most effective forms of reversible birth control. They're safe and effective for most women and teens, and can be removed at any time at a health center if you're ready to get pregnant.

Note: LARCs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. In order to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections, also use a condom during intercourse. 


Nexplanon is a thin, matchstick-sized plastic rod that's implanted under the skin of your upper arm.

  • 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Contains etonogestrel, a progestin hormone used in some birth control methods
  • Lasts up to 5 years.


Mirena is a plastic IUC that releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin to prevent sperm from reaching the cervix.

  • Effectiveness at preventing pregnancy: 99.9%
  • Lasts for up to 7 years


Paragard is an IUC made of copper

  • Contains no hormones
  • 98% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Last for up to 12 years