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Getting a Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC)

How to get this type of contraception

All LARC methods can be easily accessed at your local Sexual Health clinic, some reproductive health services like MSI Reproductive Choices and some GP services.

What happens when having a LARC contraceptive fitted?

LARC contraception will be fitted in different ways depending on the method you choose.  Some of the most common methods are described below:

Progestogen-only implants

A local anaesthetic is injected along the area where the implant is fitted, usually in your non dominant arm. This is can be described as a stinging sensation. The implant is then injected into the surface of the skin, which makes it easy to feel but not very visible, meaning only you know you have this in place.

Progestogen-only injectable

The Depo-Provera is injected by a health professional every 12 weeks, generally in the muscle of your buttock. Sayana Press is an injection that you inject in your leg or tummy. It is very quick and simple.

Intrauterine Contraceptives (Coils)

The Intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) methods are fitted through the vagina, using a device called a speculum to position the womb. A straw like device is inserted into the opening of the womb (cervix) to release the device. This can be a little uncomfortable, however this won’t last for long and, if needed, a local anaesthetic can be used to help.

What happens after a LARC is fitted?

Sometimes your LARC method will work straightaway, but sometimes it can take a little while to work, so make sure you seek advice from your healthcare practitioner.

LARC methods are more than 99% effective and, once removed, fertility returns to normal straightaway.

Remember to use condoms, as LARC methods do not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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