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Know Your Options

If you’re sure you don’t want to get pregnant for at least a year, consider long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Nearly all women can utilize one of these methods which are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. They are easily implanted and removed by a healthcare professional. Long-acting birth control is available in two main types: an intrauterine device or an implant.

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped medical device that a healthcare professional places into the uterus during an in-office procedure. Once placed, there is no need for other methods of birth control. One type of IUD releases the hormone progestin which prevents pregnancy. A different type of IUD contains copper instead of hormones. Copper acts as a spermicide to prevent pregnancy, Depending on the type, a IUD can remain in place for 3-10 years.

A birth control implant is a small, think plastic rod which is inserted under the skin of the upper arm in a simple in-office procedure. The implant releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. A birth control implant is effective for up to 3 years and can be replaced.

Both IUDs and implants are safe and are 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or rings in preventing pregnancy. Choosing a method of birth control is a serious and very personal consideration for any woman. Get the best advice to help make your choice. Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find a Hackensack University Medical Group women’s health doctor near you.

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