If you’re pregnant, birth control may not be at the forefront of your mind. Although Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) aren’t as widely used as birth control pills, they are more effective. LARCs are an option!
Do you know your options for birth control?
Women can be at-risk of an unintended pregnancy after delivery since ovulation may resume more quickly than some women would believe – even while breastfeeding! After the birth of a child, many women opt for a long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).
What is long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)?
LARCs include: Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) and Implants. An IUD is a T-shaped device that your doctor inserts into your uterus. Some IUDs are non-hormonal (copper IUD) while others do release hormones (hormonal IUD). An implant is a matchstick-sized rod inserted under the skin in the upper arm. All implants release hormones. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends, “Immediate postpartum IUD insertion (ie, within 10 minutes after placental delivery in vaginal and cesarean births) should be offered routinely as a safe and effective option for postpartum contraception.” Both IUDs and implants are safe for moms who plan to breastfeed.
Talking with your Doctor
If you’re pregnant, you and your doctor should discuss postpartum birth control during your third trimester so you ensure you have a plan before you bring baby home.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website has a really helpful frequently asked questions webpage on LARCs. They cover questions like “How does the IUD work?” and “What are the possible side effects of using the IUD?” and “Will I feel anything when the IUD is placed?” to “What are possible risks of using the implant?”
Extended Medicaid Benefits
When the public health emergency ends you may transition off of your current Medicaid health coverage unless you qualify for other Medicaid coverage and benefits. In case you need other coverage, Medicaid also offers limited reproductive health coverage called the Pregnant by Choice Program. Covered services and prescriptions under the Pregnant by Choice Program include: birth control (including LARCs), annual pap smear, sexually transmitted disease testing, and more! To apply for the Pregnant by Choice Program, please call 1-855-294-2127.