WHAT IS

A LARC?

LARC, or long-acting reversible contraceptives, are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action. Some methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and sub-dermal (under the skin) arm implants. LARCs are the most effective reversible methods of contraception because they do not depend on patient compliance.  Their 'typical use' failure rates are about the same as 'perfect use' failure rates.  Usually less than 1% of women become pregnant.

LARCs can be used to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, and are recommended for adolescents and women of any age no matter how many times they have given birth. Women considering using LARCs should obtain contraceptive counseling from reproductive health professionals because those who do are more satisfied with them and use them for longer periods of time.

  • Small plastic rod inserted under your skin

  • Releases hormones prevent pregnancy

  • Last up to 3 years

  • 99% effective

Implant
  • Small, hormone-free device with copper coating

  • Copper creates a natural sperm repellent

  • Lasts up to 10 years

  • 99% effective

Non-Hormonal IUD
  • Soft, small, flexible piece of plastic

  • Releases small portions of hormones to prevent pregnancy

  • Lasts 3-5 years

  • 99% effective

Hormonal IUD

LARC is different than other methods of birth control

We provide access to 100% free LARC which is the most effective, but also often the most expensive, method of birth control available. Other forms of short term birth control (such as the pill, patch, depo-shot, condoms, withdrawal and fertility awareness) are not as effective or worry free. Short term birth control methods often are single-use or require daily, weekly, or monthly requirements to increase effectiveness. Even with perfect use, short term methods are typically only 80-96% effective.  If you are looking for alternatives to the birth control pill or other short-term methods, LARC is over 99% effective, placed by a healthcare provider such as an OBGYN or nurse practitioner, is reversible, and does not require any additional refills or replacements until it expires in 3-10 years.

 

See a complete list of birth control options here.

We always educate and emphasize that abstinence is the only 100% effective method of birth control. Additionally, only condoms can prevent against the transmission of HIV and other STIs (sometimes referred to as STDs).

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