LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception)
Long-acting contraception or LARC is an important part of a woman's sexual health. There are many forms of contracpetion but none is more effective than LARC. The forms of LARC offered in our clinic are: the IUD and the contraceptive implant.
Currently there are two (2) forms of IUD available in our office: the copper IUD (ParaGard-T) and the levonorgestrel-containing IUD. Currently there are 2 IUDs that contain levonorgestrel. The original one is called Mirena, but this IUD was remade into a smaller, narrower version for the woman who has never been pregnant or who has never delivered a baby. This newer IUD is called Skyla. All 3 of these IUDs are available in our clinic. To determine which one may be right for you, you will need to schedule an appointment and discuss it with one of our providers.
Another form of LARC is the Nexplanon implant. This implant can be placed in a quick and virtually painless procedure in the office. The implant lasts for 3 years and is easily removed when the patient is ready to start a family. The most commonly seen side-effect with either type of LARC is irregular bleeding or spotting. This side-effect usually will resolve within a few weeks or months, however.
Dr. Strobel and her staff also provide education and prescriptions for other types of contraception including oral contraception, the contraceptive ring (NuvaRing), shots (DepoProvera) as well as education on barrier contraception.