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).