More Effective Contraception than Pills or Condoms
Nov 1, 2016
LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception) is the most effective type of reversible birth control.
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Implants (placed in the arm underneath the skin)
LARC is safe to use, does not require taking a pill every day or doing something every time before having sex, and, depending on the method, can be used to prevent pregnancy for three to 10 years. Less than one percent of LARC users become pregnant during the first year of use.
Major professional societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have endorsed LARC as a first-line contraceptive choice for teens.
LARC by itself does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (so condoms should still be used with LARC to prevent STI's).
To learn more about LARC
- CDC: Newsroom Release
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Questions&Answers
- Health Services-Newark: Contact us. Please call 973-353-5232 to talk to a provider regarding LARC.
For Rutgers-Newark students:
- The student healthcare insurance covers the prescription cost of either the IUD or inplants. To learn more, contact us 973-353-5232.
- Students (full-time or part-time, with or without student healthcare) may be eligible to participate in a study and receive a Skyla IUD at no charge. To learn more, call 973-972-9065.