What's a LARC?

December 19, 2016

 

 

 

I am sure you have heard the word LARC, but what does it mean? LARC stands for long acting reversible contraceptive. Intrauterine devices (IUD) and birth control implants are two forms of LARC. These devices are highly effective and are temporary contraceptives.

The IUD is a small t-shape device that is placed inside the uterus. There are non-hormonal and hormonal IUDs. The non- hormonal IUD is made of copper and it last for ten years. It works by making the uterus a hostile environment for sperm so they are unable to fertilize an egg. The hormonal IUD releases a small amount of progesterone in the uterus. The release of progesterone thickens the cervical mucus and thins the endometrial lining to prevent an egg from attaching to the uterine lining. Depending which hormonal IUD you choose they last three to five years.

The birth control implant is thin flexible rod that is placed in the upper arm in the office. It releases a small amount progesterone daily, which prevents ovulation. The implant is effective for three years and can easily be removed in the office.

With so many devices, which device is right for you? Birth control is a very individual choice and not every method is right for each person. Come into the office we can further discuss each method and the best choice for you!

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