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Worth County Health Department offers more ways to help plan for pregnancy with LARCs

SYLVESTER—Worth County Health Department is now offering more ways to help women plan for pregnancies – by using Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives, or LARCs.
“Planning for pregnancy benefits the long-term physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing of a family,” said Worth County Health Department Nurse Manager Gina Connell.
“Although LARCs are not new, we have found that women in our county are not necessarily familiar with them.”
There are two types of LARCs, a hormone implant and an intrauterine device.
The hormone implant, which is the size of a matchstick, is placed in the skin of the patient’s upper arm in a procedure that takes around 10 minutes, Connell said.
Hormones released from it prevent pregnancy for around three years.
The IUD which is implanted in the uterus, provides protection against unplanned pregnancy for approximately three to 10 years, depending on the type chosen and the time desired.
“The procedures are done right here in our county health department,” Connell said.
Both types of LARCs are removable and fertility returns immediately after removal, she said.
She added that LARCs are 99 percent effective.
“Using LARCs gives women safe, effective and affordable ways to choose when to get pregnant,” she said.
“They allow women to more easily space out pregnancies or delay pregnancy until a time when they are better prepared or perhaps healthier,” said Connell.
To learn more about LARCs, which are often covered by insurance and Medicaid, simply call 229-777-2150 or go to the health department.

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