What is LARC (Long-acting reversible contraception)?

Many sexually active young women want to use a method of contraception that is safe, reliable and doesn’t require too much thinking about. Did you know that there are four methods of contraception available to you that fit this description? Together they are known as LARC methods (this stands for ‘long-acting, reversible contraception).

The methods are:

  • The implant
  • The injection
  • The intrauterine system (IUS)
  • The intrauterine device (IUD)

Download a leaflet with more information and images for each method (PDF)

You can find out more about these methods of contraception and get them free of charge from a contraception service in your area.

Remember that you are entitled to a confidential service even if you are under 16 years.

Remember none of these methods offer protection from STIs so always use a condom with them! Talk to a nurse at a sexual health clinic to find the method that suits you best.

Find a LARC clinic near you