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 contraceptive 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 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.