Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) are very reliable methods of contraception because they are long-lasting against pregnancy. They include the injection, implant, and two types of coil called an IUD and IUS.

The four types of LARC are a great way of protecting yourself from unplanned pregnancy, because unlike the pill, you don't have to remember your contraception everyday.

Lots of women use LARC because:

  • Once started it can be forgotten about
  • It lasts for a long time (different options last from 12 weeks up to five years)
  • It is the most reliable way a woman can protect herself from unplanned pregnancy
  • The failure rate is less than 1%, making it the most effective contraception available
  • It can be stopped without affecting long-term fertility (ability to have children)

Find out more about the four different types of LARC you can use:

LARC methods do not protect against STIs so you should always use a condom.


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