Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Too busy to remember birth control? Consider a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) instead. LARCs are the most effective forms of reversible birth control. Methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants; they’re safe, effective, and can be removed at any time if you’re ready to get pregnant.

Our doctors at Monocacy Health Partners in Mt. Airy are trained in LARC insertion and provide this service on a regular basis to our patients. Keep in mind that LARCs do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so be sure to use a condom to reduce your risk of infection during sex.

Meet Our Providers

We’re changing the way our community thinks about women’s healthcare. Our providers specialize in a number of women’s health needs, including annual exams, LARC, mammograms, education and consultation, vaccinations, screenings, and more. Meet our team of board-certified providers at Monocacy Health Partners in Mt. Airy who help make our women’s health services possible.

LaChelle Y. Campbell, MD

Education & Training

  • Spelman College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • John Peter Smith Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, NC (OBGYN fellowship)

Certifications & Affiliations

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

Professional Interests

  • Women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Full spectrum family medicine, including office procedures

Alice Esame, MD

Education & Training

  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Carolinas Healthcare System Family Medicine Residency

Certifications & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (active member)
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Maryland Board of Physicians

Professional Interests

  • Promoting lifelong relationships with patients
  • Holistic preventive medicine to facilitate physical, mental, and spiritual health
  • Caring for the underserved
  • Caring for the entire family, including newborns
  • Women’s health needs, specifically related to long-acting reversible contraception management
  • Minor office procedures including cryotherapy, skin lesion removal, and various joint infections

What’s an IUD?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small device that’s inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective forms of birth control available to women—more than 99% effective.

IUDs prevent pregnancy by changing the way sperm cells move so they can’t access an egg. If sperm can’t get to an egg, pregnancy can’t occur. IUDs can last for years, but they’re not permanent. If you decide to get pregnant or no longer want to have your IUD anymore, the IUD can quickly and easily be removed.

Both Drs. Campbell and Esame at Monocacy Health Partners are certified to place IUDs. The doctors will place a speculum into the vagina and use a special inserter to place the IUD in through the opening of the cervix and into the uterus. The entire process takes about 5 minutes. Some women experience cramping or pain when the IUD is first placed, but it only lasts for a few minutes.

What’s Nexplanon®?

Nexplanon is a birth control implant that goes in your arm. It’s more than 99% effective, offers up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy prevention, and 100% reversible. The small, thin, and flexible contraceptive arm implant is placed discreetly under the skin of your inner, upper arm by your health care provider.

Nexplanon must be removed by the end of the third year and may be replaced by a new implant at that time. Nexplanon is not an IUD because it’s placed in the arm, not the uterus. But, like an IUD, it’s a long-acting birth control option that puts a steady, low dose of hormone into your bloodstream. It prevents pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from your ovary.

The implant can be removed at any time. To get Nexplanon inserted, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider today.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Want to learn more about long-acting reversible conception (LARC)?
Call 240-215-6310 to make an appointment today.

Monocacy Health Partners Primary Care
504 E. Ridgeville Blvd, Suite 120
Mt. Airy, MD 21771