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Long Acting Reversible Contraception


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Who are LARC methods suitable for?
LARC methods are suitable for,

  • Most women.
  • Women who have never given birth.
  • Women who are breastfeeding (IUD,IUS can be inserted 4 weeks after childbirth)
  • Women who have had an abortion or at the time of the abortion.Women who are overweight.
  • Women with HIV (with condoms for safe sex)
  • Women with Diabetes.Women with Migraines - all progestogen only methods may be used.
  • Women with cannot tolerate (contraindications) to oestrogen.


What is Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)?

Long acting reversible contraception are methods that you do not have to think about every day or every time you have sex, as you would with methods such as a pill or condoms.

  • Contraceptive Injections work for up to 12 weeks and can be repeated.
  • Devices that are fitted inside your womb (uterus) intrauterine devices (IUD) and intrauterine systems (IUS) which last for between 5 and 10 years, they can be replaced after this.
  • Implants placed under your skin in the upper arm, which last for 3 years and after this will need replacing.

Injections, IUD the IUS and Implants are called long acting reversible contraception (LARC) because when they are removed fertility (ability to get pregnant) quickly returns to normal. With the injection fertility may take a while to return.

Contraceptive Injection

Depo-Provera contraceptive injection protects you against pregnancy for 12 weeks.  

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Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb by a specially trained health professional. There are various types and sizes available.

Depending on the type, an IUD can last from three to 10 years. It used to be called a coil. 

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Intrauterine Systems (IUS)

An intrauterine system is a small, T-shaped plastic device that contains progestogen. It’s inserted into your womb by a specially trained health professional. Once it's in place, it works for five years, so you don't have to think about contraception every day or each time you have sex. The brand name of the IUS used in the UK is Mirena. You can use an IUS whether or not you've had children.  

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A small, flexible tube containing progestogen. The implant is inserted under the skin of your upper arm by a trained professional, and it lasts for three years. In the UK, the implant is called nexplanon. You can have the implant removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly. This means that once the implant is removed, you could get pregnant as easily as if you'd never had the implant. 

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