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Is long-acting Reversible Contraception right for you?

Jun 1, 2015

According to studies, only 15.5% of women around the world use intra uterine devics (IUDs) which are a form of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Other types of long-acting reversible contraception include contraceptive injections and subdermal implants. All of these options are meant to provide contraception for an extended period of time. This eliminates the cost associated with purchasing monthly birth control pills, as well as the daily reminders needed to ensure the pills are taken every day.


Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is meant to last for many years. As such, many people may wonder about their long-term effectiveness. What makes this option such a great choice for many women is its effectiveness: 99%. This percentage is higher than any other type of contraceptive available on the market today. When considering whether or not a long term commitment to one type of contraception is right for you, it is important to take into account how effective other methods may be in preventing pregnancy.

Ease of insertion

All of the long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods are very easy to place. The injections do not require any downtime or extensive recovery time, and neither do IUDs. IUDs are performed by a professional gynaecologist, obstetrician, or midwife. This ambulatory procedure, performed in the doctor’s office, typically lasts for about 10 minutes. Placing subdermal implants is also a simple procedure that doesn’t require an extensive amount of downtime after placement.

Who are they recommended for?

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) can be used by women of all ages to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are recommended for women who have previously given birth and who may have an easier time with the insertion process than a woman who has never birthed a child. However, all women can choose these forms of contraception and they are also highly recommended for teenagers to reduce the teen pregnancy rate.

Since any form of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) does not require patient compliance to be effective, they have an extremely low failure rate. This makes it easier to go about daily activities without the concern of remembering to take birth control. For the modern day woman who is constantly on the go, this offers an ideal solution.

Contraceptive counseling is available from one of our experienced counselors at Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic, who can help you decide whether or not long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the best option for you.