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Life can be stressful. Birth control doesn't have to be.

Planned Parenthood can take the stress out of birth control. Our providers are experts in the full range of birth control options, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). We can help you choose the method that is uniquely suited to your life and needs.

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Types of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Nexplanon (The Implant)

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

Hormonal IUD

The hormonal intra-uterine device (IUD) is a plastic device that releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin to prevent sperm from reaching the cervix. There are four types of hormonal IUD: Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla and Liletta.

  • 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
  • Lasts for 3-7 years


Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD made of copper. Copper changes the way sperm cells move so they can't swim to an egg. If sperm can't reach the egg, pregnancy can't happen.

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

Birth Control Isn't One Size Fits All

Learn more about each option — and what may work best for you.

Appointments That Work For You

Same-day, weekend, and evening appointments are often available.  You don't have to miss class to come to your appointment.