Planned Parenthood

Mar Monte

LARCs: IUD and Implant Options

LARC, IUD, Implant, long-lasting reversible contraception

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

LARC options include:

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

LARC - Get it and forget it!

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

We offer several types of LARCs offered at our health centers:



  • Nexplanon is a thin, matchstick-sized plastic rod that goes 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 3 years


  • Mirena is 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 5 years


  • ParaGard is an IUC made of copper
  • Contains no hormones
  • 98% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Last for up to 12 years

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.

To learn more, make an appointment today by calling 800-785-5745. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte's health center professionals are experts in birth control. They'll discuss LARCs and all your birth control options with you in a confidential, non-judgmental setting.

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