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LONG-ACTING CONTRACEPTION

Long acting Reversible Contraception

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is a term used to describe methods of contraception which are highly effective in protecting a woman from getting pregnant for an extended period of time. They are the most effective reversible methods of contraception because they do not depend on you remembering to take or use them to be effective.

Long acting contraception includes hormonal methods such as the hormonal coil /IUS, the injection, the sub-dermal implant, and non-hormonal methods such as the copper coil / IUD.

LARCs are reversible which means that it is possible to remove them and once you do you can become pregnant as quickly as someone who is not using contraception. An exception is the injection, where there can be a delay in return to fertility.

Find out more about these short acting methods below:

THE INTRAUTERINE SYSTEM (IUS/HORMONAL COIL)

The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestogen hormone for up to 3 - 6 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.

THE INTRAUTERINE DEVICE (IUD/COPPER COIL)

The Copper Coil is a small, T-shaped plastic frame that has a copper wire. It is available with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse, where it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 - 10 years.

THE INJECTION

An injection containing a hormone that is given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse every 12-13 weeks.

THE IMPLANT

A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones for up to 3 years. It is given with a prescription and placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.

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permanent contraception

Male and female sterilisation are a form of long-term contraception that are permanent and non-reversible. They are an option for those who have decided that they never want to have children, or their family is complete.

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FEMALE STERILISATION

A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the fallopian tubes so the eggs cannot travel down the tubes to meet the sperm.

MALE STERILISATION

A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the tubes carrying sperm.

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