Long-acting birth control is sometimes referred to as LARC, which stands for “long-acting reversible contraceptive.” Aside from being extremely effective, these birth control methods have many benefits ranging from convenience to limited side effects. Take a look at the benefits of the specific long-acting birth controls methods we offer.
IUD (Intrauterine Device)
IUDs are small T-shaped devices that are placed in the uterus to prevent fertilization of the eggs. These devices, once inserted, can remain in the uterus for 3 to 10 years, depending on whether it is a hormonal or copper IUD. Therefore, IUDs are extremely low maintenance as you can essentially forget about it once it is inserted. The effectiveness rate of IUDs are over 99%, so you can rest assured knowing you have the utmost protection when choosing one of these devices. These devices have been known to lighten the flow of periods and relieve severe cramps in many women. Plus, if you ever decide you want to try to get pregnant, you can have the device removed at any time, and you regain fertility very quickly.
The contraceptive implants are small devices about the size of a matchstick, that are inserted underneath the skin near the bicep. It releases progestin into the body that prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. The benefits of this device are very similar to those of the IUD. The implant’s effectiveness rate is over 99%, it can lighten periods and cramps, can easily be removed, and you can regain fertility very quickly. The implant can stay in your arm for up to 3 years, so it is also very low maintenance and manageable.
The Depo-Provera shot is a quarterly injection that prevents pregnancy. The shot is typically administered by a doctor or nurse, but in some cases, the shots can be sent home with you to administer yourself which maximizes its convenience. Many women have reported lighter periods when using the shot. If you decide to try for a baby, you will regain fertility fairly quickly after stopping the shots, but it may take between 9 and 10 months for your body to fully readjust. Since you only have to get the shot 4 times per year, it is also considered a very low maintenance birth control method.
At A Step Ahead East Tennessee, LARC birth controls methods are the only methods we offer coverage for, due to their high effectiveness rates, the little maintenance they require, and the health benefits they offer. Contact us today or visit our website for more information on how we can help you get the birth control you need at this time in your life.