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What is LARC?

Karen Fleenor MD 300x250 WelcomeLong acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) include the intrauterine device or IUD and the birth control implant.  LARC are extremely effective with failure rates similar to that of sterilization.

The IUD is a T-shaped plastic device which is inserted into the uterus and left in place.  Two types of IUD include hormonal IUDs such as Skyla and Mirena  which contain progestins and are generally good from three to five years respectively.  The  copper IUD  does not release hormones and is good for ten years.  Side effects are generally mild and include menstrual type cramping and light bleeding which usually subsides within six months to a year after insertion.

The birth control implant (Implanon or Nexplanon) is a flexible rod which is inserted into the upper arm and is usually good for three years.  These devices contain progestin and may result in mild cramping and spotting, also headaches, weight gain and depression can occur. The birth control implant must be inserted and removed by a small incision in the upper arm.  This can be done at a regular office visit.

For more information, please call our office at 931-393-3484 or visit our website.