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What is a LARC?
These options include:
Also note that none of the following options can prevent you from catching sexually transmittable infections. It is vital that you also use condoms and lubricants to ensure sexual safety.
The advantages of Using a LARC?
Depo provera is an injection of one hormone – progestogen. It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg each month and makes changes to the lining of a women’s womb.
Much less than 1%, which makes it a highly effective means of contraception.
• One injection lasts 12 weeks
• Doesn’t interfere with sexual intercourse
• Usually no periods which can be an advantage for many women
Almost all women are able to use this option, including women who can’t use the contraceptive pill
(Intra Uterine Device)
What is an IUD?
The (IUD) is a form of birth control in which a small 'T'-shaped device, containing either copper or progesterone, is inserted into the uterus by a medical practitioner. It is inserted when it is clear that a woman is not currently pregnant.
There are two IUDS to be aware of. The first is the copper IUD, the second called “Mirena” contains a hormone called progestogen which involves the slow release of the hormone into the womb.
Both the copper and hormone released by the IUD prevents the egg being fertilised by inhibiting the sperm from reaching the egg. If fertilisation does result the IUD is able to prevent the egg from implanting into the womb.
How successful is the IUD?
Overall both forms of IUDS are regarded as around 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Changes to my body when using IUDS?
There are some changes in bleeding patterns to be aware of. When using “Mirena” you might find your periods are lighter and longer for up to 6 months, after this time frame bleeding for most women may become lighter or stop all together. Using a Copper IUD also can bring about changes in bleeding patterns which may during the first six months include anything from spotty to light or even heavy bleeding which may eventually diminish.
What are the advantages?
What are the disadvantages?
What is a contraceptive implant?
A contraceptive implant is a birth control device, which involves small rods being inserted under the skin (the inside of your arm) by a medical practitioner. It prevents pregnancy through the release of hormones that inhibits the ovaries from releasing eggs during the month and by thickening cervical mucous, preventing the sperm from being able to meet the egg. This option can provide protection against an unplanned pregnancy for a period of 3 to 5 years.
How successful is it?
It is a very safe and effective form of contraception and has been found to be over 99% successful in preventing pregnancy.
It is common for most women to notice changes in their bleeding patterns when they have an implant inserted. It is not unusual for women to experience anything from a lighter period, to heavy or non existent bleeding. While this is not regarded as a medical concern, occasionally some women my chose to remove her implant due to the disruption of their normal cycles.
For more information contact your local doctor, or to learn more about Family Planning resources, clinics and health promotion services go to their website, at familyplanning.org.nz.