Types of LARC

There are two main forms of long-acting, reversible contraceptives available at Planned Parenthood: IUDs and implants.

What is an IUD?

The letters IUD stand for “intrauterine device.” IUDs are small, T-shaped pieces of plastic. A healthcare provider puts the IUD inside your uterus to keep you from getting pregnant.

You can get two brands of IUD at Planned Parenthood:

  • ParaGard
  • Mirena

How does the IUD work?

IUDs block sperm from joining with an egg. If sperm cannot join with an egg, you can’t get pregnant.

How long does the IUD work?

  • ParaGard contains copper and works for up to 10 years.
  • Mirena works for up to 5 years. This IUD releases a small amount of hormones in your body.
  • Liletta works for up to 3 years. This IUD releases a small amount of hormones in your body.
  • Skyla works for up to 3 years. This IUD releases a small amount of hormones in your body.

You may be able to get a free or low-cost IUD from Planned Parenthood. Call us today!

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What is an implant?

The birth control implant is a thin, bendy plastic rod. It’s about the size of a matchstick. A healthcare provider puts the implant under your skin of your upper arm.

You can get one brand of implant at Planned Parenthood:

  • Nexplanon

How does the implant work?

The implant keeps eggs from leaving the ovaries. If sperm cannot join with an egg, you can’t get pregnant.

How long does the implant work?

The implant keeps you from getting pregnant for up to 4 years.

You may be able to get a free or low-cost implant from Planned Parenthood. Call us today!

Call 1-800-230-PLAN Today