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Long-acting reversible contraceptives

Long-acting reversible contraceptives

From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn about:

  • How long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) work
  • When and how LARCs are used
  • Side effects and when LARCs may not be appropriate
  • Sources of advice and support to help women in their decision-making regarding alternatives to oral hormonal contraceptives.

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Non-oral hormonal contraceptives can be classified as:

  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which are all progestogen-only based, and include the subdermal implant, intrauterine system (IUS) and injection.
    • LARCs also include copper intrauterine devices (IUDs), which are non-hormonal and not covered in this module.
  • Intermediate-acting contraceptives, which are combined hormonal contraceptives containing both oestrogen and progestogen and include transdermal patches and vaginal rings (these will be covered in a separate module).

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