Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

The main points

Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a good option for people who might not want to have to remember their contraception every day or every time they have sex.

What is LARC?

LARC will stop you from getting pregnant for a number of months or years. There are two types of LARC that you can use:

An implant or IUD can be removed when you don’t want to use it anymore.

Advantages of using LARCs

  • Effective, low cost contraception that lasts for a long time.
  • You don’t have to remember to use contraception every day.
  • Doesn’t interfere with you having sex.
  • Once an IUD or implant is removed, fertility returns quickly.
  • No one can see that you are using a LARC.

Which LARC is best for you?

Contraceptive implants and IUDs are only two of many different contraceptives and may not be suitable for everyone. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the one that will suit you best.

A condom is always a good idea

No matter which contraception you choose, using an external condom or an internal condom is the best way to protect yourself against sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

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Last updated: 8 October 2021

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