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Get birth control that lasts as long as you need it to.

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

Is one of these methods right for you? Contact your local Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson health center to discuss birth control options with a medical professional.


Once it's in place you don't have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.

IUDs are small, T-shaped pieces of plastic that are put into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are three types of IUDs;

Skyla: 

  • It provides continuous, highly effective birth control. 
  • Is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years.
  • Made of soft, flexible plastic

ParaGard:

  • 98% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Can be used for 10 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

Implants are 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.

Nexplanon:
Nexplanon i
s a small, soft, and flexible birth control implant—it’s just 4 centimeters in length.

  • It provides up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy prevention.* That means no more daily, weekly, or monthly dosing routine.

  • It is over 99% effective, just like the pill.

  • It can be removed at any time. It must be removed by the end of the third year and may be replaced by a new.


It is important to remember that LARCs DO NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections or HIV/Aids. In order to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections, also use a condom during intercourse.