Long Acting Reversible Birth Control (LARC)
If you are looking for a birth control option that is both highly effective and long-lasting, then long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) may be the perfect solution for you. At Essex County OB/GYN & Associates, we offer a range of LARC options, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants.
What are LARCs?
The intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods. Both are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. They are also reversible – so if you want to get pregnant or if you want to stop using them, you can have them removed at any time. Also unlike other types of birth control, LARCs last for several years and are easy to use because they do not require daily attention – making them an ideal choice for busy individuals who want to avoid the hassle of daily birth control methods.
IUDs are one of the most popular types of LARCs. They are small, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider. Once in place, the IUD can provide 3-10 years of protection against pregnancy, depending on the type of IUD. IUDs work by preventing fertilization.
At Essex County OB/GYN & Associates, we offer a variety of IUD options, including:
- Hormonal IUDs: These IUDs release a small amount of progestin into the uterus, which thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach the egg. Progestin also thins the lining of the uterus. Hormonal IUDs can last between 3-8 years, depending on the brand.
- Copper IUDs: Copper IUDs do not contain hormones, but instead release copper into the uterus, which interferes with the sperm’s ability to move. Copper IUDs are approved for up to 10 years of use.
Contraceptive implants are another type of LARC that are available at Essex County OB/GYN & Associates. The implant is a flexible, plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that is inserted just under the skin in the upper arm by a healthcare provider. It releases a hormone called progestin which prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. Progestin also thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach the egg and thins the lining of the uterus. The implant is approved for up to 3 years of use.
Benefits of LARCs
LARCs have a number of benefits, including:
- High effectiveness: LARCs are one of the most effective forms of birth control available, with failure rates of less than 1%.
- Long-lasting: LARCs can provide protection against pregnancy for several years, depending on the type of LARC chosen.
- Convenient: Once inserted, LARCs do not require any additional attention or maintenance, making them a convenient option for busy individuals.
- Reversible: LARCs are easily reversible, meaning that fertility can be restored quickly after removal.
Is LARC right for you?
If you are considering birth control options, LARC may be an ideal choice for you. At Essex County OB/GYN & Associates, we can help you determine which LARC option is best for your individual needs and preferences. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your birth control options.