The main points
- LARC will stop you getting pregnant for a number of months or years.
- There are three types of LARC that you can use: a contraceptive implant or an IUD (intrauterine device).
- You don’t need to go to a hospital to get a LARC. In most cases you can get a LARC fitted (or injected) in a simple visit to a clinic or by your doctor.
Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a good option for people who might not want to maintain their contraception every day or every time they have sex.
What is LARC?
LARC will stop you getting pregnant for a number of months or years. There are three types of LARC that you can use:
- a contraceptive implant that is placed under the skin of your arm – lasts for 3 years
- an IUD (intrauterine device). This is a small device that is placed inside your uterus – lasts for 5 to 10 years
You don’t need to go to a hospital to get a LARC. In most cases you can get a LARC fitted in a simple visit to a clinic or by your doctor.
Advantages of using LARCs
- Effective, low cost contraception that lasts for a long time.
- You don’t have to remember to use contraception every day.
- Doesn’t interfere with you having sex.
- Once an IUD or implant is removed, fertility returns quickly.
- No one can see that you are using a LARC.
Which LARC is best for you?
Contraceptive implants and IUDs are only two of many different contraceptives and may not be suitable for everyone. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the one that will suit you best.
A condom is always a good idea
No matter which contraception you choose, using an external condom or other barrier method is the best way to protect yourself against sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
Where to get more information and support
- Family Planning Victoria
- 1800 My Options phone line - 1800 696 784
- A doctor or nurse
- Your local community health service
- A public hospital (some provide a limited number of free abortions)
- A private abortion provider
- A psychologist or counsellor
- Your youth worker, social worker, support worker
- An obstetrician or gynaecologist
- Better Health Channel
- Equinox – for transgender services
- Jean Hailes
- Marie Stopes Australia
- Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
- The Women’s (The Royal Women’s Hospital)
If you are using the internet for information, only use reliable and reputable websites, such as the ones provided above.