If you want an effective and convenient birth control, consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Erica Cheshire, ANP-BC, and Jennifer Sigler, WHNP-BC, at Beaumont WELLness for Women provide long-acting reversible contraceptive management, helping women choose the contraceptive that works for their health, lifestyle, and family planning goals. To learn more about LARCs, call the office in Beaumont, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
Contraceptive management refers to teaching women about the different types of reversible contraceptives and providing birth control that fits their needs and goals.
LARCs have unique qualities, such as:
Your provider inserts the contraceptive, and once it’s in place, it continuously prevents pregnancy for 3-10 years, depending on the type.
LARCs are just as effective as permanent sterilization. The next most effective methods, such as the pill, ring, and patch, are only 91% effective. If you forget to take a daily pill or you’re late to get the next shot, you’re at risk of getting pregnant.
LARCs share this quality with most birth control methods. However, it’s important to know that even though these devices are implanted, your provider can easily remove them in the office at any time.
IUDs are small, flexible, T-shaped contraceptives that fit inside your uterus. Some IUDs contain hormones that last for 5-7 years. For example, the Kyleena® IUD lasts for five years and the Mirena lasts for seven years.
The Paragard® IUD does not use hormones. Instead, it consists of copper, which acts like a spermicide and inhibits sperm movement. This IUD lasts for up to 10 years.
No matter which IUD you use, you can have a new one implanted when its effectiveness wears off.
The Nexplanon is a small, rod-shaped device that your provider inserts under your skin. The implant can stay in place and prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Your provider inserts the Nexplanon implant under the skin on the inside of your upper arm.
If you’re interested in long-acting reversible contraceptives management, call Beaumont WELLness for Women or book an appointment online today.