Family Planning Victoria believes that decisions about contraception should be made in partnership with a health care professional and that individuals should have access to accurate and unbiased information to inform their choices.
LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) including the levonorgestrel IUD (Mirena), copper IUD and the subdermal implant (Implanon NXT) are the most effective reversible methods of contraception available. They have the additional advantage of being long lasting, convenient to use, affordable and are generally well regarded by most users.
LARC method failure rates rival that of tubal sterilization at <1% and unintended pregnancy rates are around 20 times lower than those reported for contraceptive pill users.
The contraceptive implant causes changes to the bleeding pattern which may include no bleeding, frequent or prolonged bleeding.
Users of the levonorgestrel IUD most commonly experience a large reduction in bleeding after the first three months of use and it is used as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding for this reason.
With the right information and advice individuals can make an informed choice that’s right for them and in many cases that choice is LARC.
(18 December 2017) Statement from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP):