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What is LARC?

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a term for highly effective and easy-to-use forms of birth control that last for years at a time. LARC includes the IUD (intrauterine device) and the contraceptive implant.

  • LARCs are recommended as the best birth control method for most women, including teens, by doctors’ groups including pediatricians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • LARCs are better than pills, patches, and other contraceptives in preventing pregnancy, because the LARC remains in place all the time. 1
  • When young women are offered all birth control methods without barriers like cost or clinic access, nearly 2/3 choose LARC over other contraceptives. 2
  • A LARC device can guard against pregnancy for 3 to 12 years after just one visit to the doctor.

More Information About LARC

For detailed information about LARC, visit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ FAQ.

1 Winner, B. et al. Effectiveness of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. N Engl J Med, 2012. 366: p. 1998-2007.

2 Mestad, R., et al., Acceptance of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods by adolescent participants in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project. Contraception, 2011. 84(5): p. 493-8.