It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a LARC?!? Wait… what is a LARC? LARC stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive – methods that are considered LARCs include the IUD (like Skyla, Mirena, or Paragard) and the Implant. These methods are incredibly effective at preventing pregnancy – in part because there’s less “user error” -- like forgetting to take your pill or missing an appointment for a shot. Less error leads to a higher level of effectiveness.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is proud to participate in LARC Awareness Week with other community partners to help spread information about this important contraceptive option. Through the preventive health coverage benefits offered to Californians under the Affordable Care Act, LARC methods are becoming more affordable than ever before!
Basics About LARC Methods
Basics: A clinician places implanon in the inner part of the upper arm.
- Lasts for up to 3 years and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Learn more about Implanon.
Name: Mirena and Skyla
Basics: A health care provider inserts Mirena or Skyla into the uterus to prevent pregnancy by releasing a small amount of progestin.
- Lasts up to 5 years (Mirena) or 3 years (Skyla) and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Learn more about Mirena and Skyla.
Basics: A health care provider inserts Paragard into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
- Lasts up to 12 years and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Learn more about Paragard.
Have you ever used a LARC method? What was the experience like for you? Share your thoughts, and use the hashtag #LoveMyLARC on social media to spread the word about these highly effective contraceptive options!
“I love my LARC because it helped me finish school and start a career.”
“I love my LARC because it means not having to forget pills, ever!”
“I love my LARC because it means I can plan my family and my future.”
Join @PPActionCA and tweet this week with hashtag #LoveMyLARC to share your thoughts!
News About LARC Methods from ACOG and AAP
- In 2012 the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) released new standards recommending that LARC options be considered as top tier contraception methods for teens.
- In 2014 the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidance and recommends LARC methods as a first-line contraceptive choice for teens.