ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Public health officials in Southwest Georgia are promoting a more effective form of birth control called long acting reverse contraception (LARC).
Southwest Georgia Public Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis said more women are finding many benefits to planning pregnancies.
"Planning for pregnancy is so very important for the physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health of a family," Dr. Ruis said.
LARC is a form of birth control. But according to Dr. Ruis, not too many people in Southwest Georgia are familiar with this form.
LARC includes two devices: an intrauterine device and a hormone implant.
Dr. Ruis said the hormone implant is inserted into the woman's arm. The implant is the size of a matchstick and emits hormones that travel through the body to prevent pregnancy.
The director said the implant procedure is an easy one that only takes ten minutes to complete.
The implant typically lasts for three years and can be removed.
If a woman wishes to become pregnant in the future, Dr. Ruis says the implant will not affect longtime fertility.
Dr. Ruis said LARC is safe, affordable, and 99 percent effective.
The health director told WALB News 10 that physicians see many babies that are born prematurely or with a low birthrate. Usually, a majority of these infants belong to young mothers who may have a chronic illness.
"By offering birth control, like LARC, these young people can choose when to get pregnant. They can delay pregnancy until a time in life when they're healthier and better prepared," Dr. Ruis said.
LARC is available at all of the Southwest Georgia Public Health Departments.