What are LARCs?
LARCs (also known as Long Acting Reversible Contraception) are an alternative to the pill and could suit some people better. LARC methods are the:
- Intrauterine device (IUD – also known as the coil)
- Intrauterine system (IUS – similar to a coil)
Are they effective?
LARC methods are more effective than barrier methods (e.g. condoms & femidoms) and oral contraceptives (pills). They are also reversible, that is once you stop using that method your fertility returns.
Are they easy to use?
LARCs are very convenient. Once applied, there’s nothing to remember each day – it just works and you get on with life.
Every method of contraception has its advantages and drawbacks. That’s why it is important to speak with a doctor or nurse before choosing the method that is right for you.
Where can I find out more about LARCs?
For more information on contraceptive choices speak to your GP (family doctor) or visit your local contraception and sexual health service:
Hampshire & Portsmouth – 0300 300 2016
Southampton – 0300 123 7399
Visit www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk to locate local services in Hampshire, Portsmouth & Southampton
Use the map of Hampshire (above) to find out about clinics near to you.
Click on the national logo below to find out about all methods of contraception:
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