Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a category of ‘set-and-forget’ contraceptive methods that prevent unplanned pregnancy with a high degree of reliability and efficacy. They do not require the user to adhere to a daily or episodic regime, as demanded by hormonal birth control pills or condoms, and so maintain a high degree of protection over months and years.

Our clinics offer a full range of LARC options and consultation services on methods such as contraceptive injection, contraceptive implant or rod, the copper intrauterine device (IUD) and hormonal intrauterine system (IUS). We also provide safe, permanent vasectomy procedures for men.

Choosing a LARC from the range of options available is a matter of working out what is right for your individual situation. For instance, long-acting reversible contraception very reliably protects against unplanned pregnancy but does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Whatever you decide, you need to feel confident that you are reliably protected against unplanned pregnancy.

To find out which type of contraception option suits you best, take our My Best Fit quiz.

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Long-acting reversible contraception cost

Prices are based on the minimum cost for each procedure for patients holding a valid Medicare card. Further discounts apply for Healthcare Card holders in many cases. Visit the prices page to understand the factors that influence cost, or contact us to get an exact price based on your personal circumstances.

* Prices quoted do not include the cost of the device or injection. Please contact us for a detailed quote. If you would like to have an IUD, IUS or a contraceptive implant, removed or replaced, contact us for pricing.

Reliable contraception: what to expect

While most people are aware of common forms of contraception, such as the Pill and condoms, there are many more options available, a number of which provide enhanced protection against pregnancy than their better-known counterparts.

Finding out about these options can be difficult, particularly if you don’t have a regular GP you can approach for advice. This is where My Best Fit — our online contraception adviser — can help you find out more about how the various methods of contraception work and decide which one suits you and your lifestyle.

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) provides protection against pregnancy from 3 months up to 10 years, depending on the method used. The following options are more than 99% effective, however they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

A copper intrauterine device (copper IUD) is a small device that is fitted into the uterus, where it can remain for many years to prevent pregnancy. A copper IUD prevents sperm from fertilising an egg and/or prevents an egg from implanting in the uterus. IUDs are made of plastic with copper, and only take a couple of minutes to be inserted by a trained doctor.

Copper IUDs are effective up to 10 years. Copper IUDs can also be used as an emergency method of contraception within 5 days of unprotected intercourse, or 5 days after expected ovulation.

Visit the copper intrauterine contraception page for more information about the copper IUD.

An intrauterine system (IUS), sometimes known as a hormonal IUD, is a small plastic device that is fitted into the uterus. It prevents pregnancy by gradually releasing a progestogen hormone directly into the uterus, which thickens the mucus at the cervix so that sperm cannot get through to meet an egg. The IUS also interferes with the movement of sperm and changes the lining of the womb preventing an egg from implanting.

Visit the hormonal intrauterine contraception page for more information about the hormonal IUD.

The contraceptive implant is a thin, flexible, plastic rod (4cm x 2mm), about the size of a matchstick, which contains the hormone progestogen.

The implant prevents pregnancy by releasing small but constant amounts of the hormone into the body via the bloodstream. The hormone blocks ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries) and it also thickens the mucus at the cervix so that sperm cannot get through to meet an egg. The implant lasts for 3 years, but it is easily removed if you decide you no longer need it.

Visit the contraceptive implant page for more information.

The contraceptive injection is an injection of hormones that provides long-acting protection from unplanned pregnancy. It works by slowly releasing the hormone progestogen into the body to prevent ovulation.

It is important to have a repeat injection on time (every 12 weeks) otherwise it becomes ineffective. Irregular bleeding is a possible side effect of the contraceptive injection; however, no periods may be an advantage for some.

Visit the contraceptive injection page for more information.

What is LARC? Watch our world contraception day videos to find out more.

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