Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) provide hassle-free birth control. Let’s explore the details:

  1. Types of LARC:
    • Intrauterine Systems (IUDs):
      • Copper-Containing IUD (Paragard):
        • T-shaped device wrapped in copper wire.
        • Inhibits sperm migration and viability.
        • FDA-approved for up to 10 continuous years.
        • Common adverse effects: heavy menstrual bleeding, pain.
      • Levonorgestrel-Releasing IUDs (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla):
        • T-shaped device with levonorgestrel (progestin).
        • Prevents sperm from reaching the egg.
        • Durations:
          • Mirena and Liletta: up to 8 years.
          • Kyleena: up to 5 years.
          • Skyla: up to 3 years.
        • Common adverse effects: headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, mood changes, ovarian cysts.
    • Etonogestrel Single-Rod Implant (Nexplanon):
      • Single rod containing etonogestrel (progestin).
      • Suppresses ovulation, thickens cervical mucus, alters endometrial lining.
      • Provides up to 3 years of contraception.

  2. Insertion Process:
    • Simple and quick.
    • Performed by a gynecologist at Castaneda OBGYN.
    • IUD Insertion:
      • Mild cramping or spotting may occur afterward.
      • Follow-up visit recommended to ensure proper placement.
    • Nexplanon Insertion:
      • Expected soreness at insertion site.

  3. Consult with Our Gynecologists:
    • Weigh pros and cons of IUDs or Nexplanon.
    • Make an informed decision about your birth control.


Remember to consult with our skilled gynecologists at Castaneda OBGYN to explore the best contraceptive options for you.

If you have any further questions or need additional details, feel free to ask!