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Understanding Birth Control (Part 2): Long-acting, Permanent, and Other Methods

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Continuing our exploration of birth control methods, we delve into long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), permanent contraception, natural methods, and abstinence. Each method has its unique benefits and considerations that individuals need to weigh carefully for long term contraception and family planning. 

Reversible Long Term Contraception (LARC)

LARC includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants, providing long-term contraception with highly effective pregnancy prevention.


While highly effective, some may experience irregular bleeding and other minor side effects. There's a minimal risk of expulsion or infection during the insertion process.

Failure Rate 

Both IUDs and contraceptive implants have a failure rate of less than 1%.

Past Long Permanent Contraception

Surgical procedures like tubal ligation for women provide a permanent solution to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation is a surgery. It is considered more serious than other types of long term contraception because it is generally not reversible.  


While highly effective, surgical risks such as infection and bleeding exist. 

Failure Rate

Although minimal, there's still a risk, under 1%, of pregnancy after the procedure. 

Natural Methods of Birth Control 

Tracking menstrual cycles using the calendar, basal body temperature, or cervical mucus methods.


No side effects, but natural methods do not protect against STIs.

Failure Rate

Ranges between 12% to 24%.


Complete avoidance of any sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy.


No side effects, and it protects against STIs.

Failure Rate

Abstinence 100% effective

Long-term contraception consultation 

Understanding the intricacies of long-acting, permanent, natural, and abstinence methods is crucial for making an informed decision about birth control. It's essential to consider all factors, including health risks, before making a choice. To learn more about birth control methods and their effectiveness, click here. For more information or assistance in choosing the right method for you, contact the Pregnancy Center of Lapeer at 810-667-0055 or visit the Pregnancy Center of Lapeer. If you suspect you may be pregnant after using birth control, book an appointment for a pregnancy test with us.

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