Contraceptive Access and Today's Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
IUDs (Intrauterine Contraceptives)
There are currently five kinds of intrauterine contraceptives on the market: Liletta, Mirena, ParaGard (non-hormonal), Skyla and Kyleena. They offer years of protection—between three and twelve, depending on the type.
The implant is a single, thin rod inserted under the skin of a women’s upper arm. The rod contains a progestin which is released into the body over three years.
*The percentages indicate the number out of every 100 women who experienced an unintended pregnancy within the first year of typical use of each contraceptive method
- LARCs are endorsed by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.
- LARCS are recommended as fist-line contraceptive choices by major medical societies, given their efficacy, safety, and ease of use.
- Intrauterine devices are safe to use among adolescents.
- Intrauterine devices do not increase an adolescent’s risk of infertility.