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About Long-Acting Reversible Contraception December 7, 2018

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About Long-Acting Reversible Contraception, Anchorage County, Alaska

If you're looking for a birth control method that doesn't involve remembering a pill each day, your gynecologist might recommend long-acting reversible contraception as an option for you. Usually including intrauterine contraceptives and implants, this form of birth control is highly effective and offers more flexibility for women. Here is everything you should know about this type of contraception.

What Is Long-Acting Reversible Contraception?

This type of contraception mainly consists of two types: intrauterine devices—commonly known as IUDs—that are placed through the cervix in the uterus, and small implants placed in the arm. Both types of implants are incredibly effective, and women can remove them at any time if they want to start trying for a baby. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, long-acting reversible contraception methods are 20 times more effective than other methods, such as the pill or ring. 

Benefits of This Contraceptive MethodGynecologist

One of the biggest benefits is the longevity of the implants. Once an implant is placed by a gynecologist, it won’t require replacement for 2 to 7 years, depending on the type chosen. This is especially beneficial for women who have difficulty remembering to take the pill every day. Hormone-releasing IUDs can contribute to a decrease in menstrual bleeding, and sometimes periods even stop altogether. IUDs also come in non-hormonal forms that still prevent pregnancy while preserving normal menstrual and hormonal activity in the body—these can be especially beneficial for women who may find the hormonal effects of oral birth control frustrating.

 

If you're searching for a new birth control method, visit a trusted gynecologist at Caring For Women in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.  With more than two decades of experience, they have become the leading women's health center in the area, providing comprehensive services. Whether you're in need of birth control, want to know more about gynecological services, or simply need a caring and trusted doctor, they're ready to help you every step of the way. To learn more about their team and services, visit them online or call (907) 279-2229 to schedule an appointment today.

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