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Isn’t it about time you had a LARC?

Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) are the most effective forms of contraception that exist and are more reliable than the pill and other methods of contraception. The good thing about LARC is you don’t need to remember to take them like you do the pill, so they are hassle free forms of contraception which many women are now choosing.

There are four ‘LARC’ methods and more details about each of these is below to help you pick one that may be suitable for you.

Remember! Only condoms can help protect you against STIs!


The IUD:

The IUD is a hormone free contraceptive method. It’s made of copper and plastic and is fitted into the uterus. It stops sperms meeting an egg and stops fertilisation.

It can last for up to 5 - 10 years.

Contraceptive injection:

An injection which contains the hormone progestogen which stops an egg from being released each month.

It lasts between 8 - 12 weeks and then needs renewing.

The IUS:

The IUS is a small device which is fitted into the uterus. It’s a bit like an IUD except that it slowly releases a little bit of the hormone progestogen.

It can last for up to 5 years.

Contraceptive implant:

A small, flexible rod (about an inch long) which is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It works by releasing a small amount of the hormone progestogen to stop an egg from being released each month.

It can last for up to 3 years.

You can visit your local NHS clinic or Marie Stopes International for contraceptive advice.
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