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What Are Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives?

Condoms and the pill are two of the most widely known types of contraception, but there are some potentially significant drawbacks to these options. You must use a condom every time you have sex while the pill needs to be taken at the same time every day. Long-acting reversible contraceptives can provide more convenient protection, as you will discover if you ask an expert for contraception advice.


Benefits of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraceptives come in several different forms that all share some key benefits:

  • They provide very reliable protection as they can prevent more than 99% of pregnancies
  • You don’t need to do anything to protect yourself on a regular basis (although you should still use condoms to prevent STIs)
  • The effects last a long time
  • The effects are reversible, so your fertility will return to normal when you stop using them

You can learn more about these benefits and which type of long-lasting contraception may be right for you when you visit the clinic for contraception advice.

Types of Long-acting Contraception

Several different forms of long-lasting contraception are available in the UK. You might want to consider one of the following options if you want a more convenient, reliable form of contraception.

  • Implant: a tiny tube that can be placed under the skin. Gradually releases hormones to protect you for up to 3 years
  • Copper Coil or Intra Uterine Coil Device (IUCD): a small device that can be inserted into the womb to provide protection for 5-10 years. Releases small amounts of copper to prevent pregnancy and can be used as emergency contraception.
  • Hormonal Coil or Intrauterine System (IUS): a small device that will gradually release hormonal contraceptive after it is inserted into the womb. Lasts for up to five years and can be used as emergency contraception.

If you have questions about long-acting reversible contraceptives or you need help making your choice, you can always make an appointment with your doctor for contraception advice. You might also want to consider the contraceptive injection for long-lasting results that are not permanent but cannot be reversed early. If you want permanent protection, the sterilisation or a vasectomy could be right for you.

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