49% of pregnancies in the US are unintended. Many times this is because of a failed birth control method. It can be difficult to remember to take a pill daily or to go get your depot shot every 12 weeks. Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) are the most effective and reliable reversible birth control option available. They are found to be 20x more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, patches & rings. They come in two forms, the intrauterine device (IUD) and implants. The implant, Nexplanon, is inserted under the skin of your arm and is good for 3 years. IUDs are inserted into your uterus, there are 4 different brands IUDs available and they are good for between 3-10 years depending on which one you choose. You do not have to have had a baby to get an IUD. Both methods are done at your doctor’s office and should be covered by your insurance. The best thing about LARC methods is that once they are in there is nothing else you have to remember to do and their effectiveness takes place that day! As soon as your provider takes them out the contraception is reversed and you can get pregnant. So if you are searching for a reliable birth control method talk to your health care provider about LARC options.
From your friendly neighborhood nurse