LARC Awareness Week

LARC Awareness Week is November 16–22, 2015

What are LARCs?

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) include IUCs - Mirena, ParaGard and Skyla - as well as the implant, Implanon. These birth control methods last between 3-12 years and are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Why choose a LARC?

Unintended pregnancy rates in the United States continue to be higher than other industrialized nations. With an effectiveness rate of over 99%, LARCs can significantly reduce the number of unintended pregnancies among women in the United States.

LARCs are long lasting, highly effective and reversible, making them ideal for preventing pregnancy. Once inserted by a clinician, LARCs do not require further maintenance. This reduces the risk of improper use that may lead to an unintended pregnancy. LARCs offer birth control that is safe, effective and forgettable.

What LARCs are Available?

Types of LARCs

ParaGard

  • Type: Intrauterine contraceptive (IUC)
  • How it works: ParaGard is a hormone-free IUC made of plastic and copper. It releases a tiny amount of copper which acts as spermicide to prevent pregnancy.
  • Effectiveness at preventing pregnancy: 99.2-99.4%
  • Lasts for up to: 12 years
  • Cost: Free with private insurance

Mirena

  • Type: Intrauterine contraceptive (IUC)
  • How it works: Mirena is plastic IUD that releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin to prevent sperm from reaching the cervixEffectiveness at preventing pregnancy: 99.9%
  • Lasts for up to: 5 years
  • Cost: Free with private insurance

Skyla

  • Type: Intrauterine contraceptive (IUC)
  • How it works: Skyla is the smallest plastic IUC available. It releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin to help keep sperm from reaching your cervix
  • Effectiveness at preventing pregnancy: >99%
  • Lasts for up to: 3 years
  • Cost: Free with private insurance

Implanon

  • Type: Implant
  • How it works: Implanon is a tiny plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. It’s inserted into the inner part of the upper arm by a clinician.
  • Effectiveness at preventing pregnancy: >99%
  • Lasts for up to: 3 years
  • Cost: Free with private insurance

While LARCs are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy, no LARC method prevents sexually transmitted diseases or HIV so be sure to use a condom for further protection. 

Where can I get a LARC?

LARCs can only be inserted by a clinician. The insertion process is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes. Click here to find a clinic near you to talk to an expert and see if a LARC is right for you.

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