Long Acting Reversible Contraception

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) options last a long time. Once you've had them inserted, you don't need to worry about them for the next few years! They are a great option as they are very good at preventing pregnancy, and you can just "set and forget." 

Implants

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99.9% effective 
Lasts 3 years 

Hormonal IUD

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99.8% effective 
Lasts 5 years 

Copper IUD

Copper IUD

99.2% effective 
Lasts 10 years 

More information:
Better Health Channel
Family Planning Victoria

More information:
Better Health Channel
Family Planning Victoria

A small, T-shaped contraceptive devices inserted into the uterus

Has a fine nylon thread attached to it, which you can feel high up inside your vagina

Does not contain hormones.  

Constantly releases a small amount of copper into the uterus

Buy from a pharmacy, with a prescription

Inserted by a trained doctor or nurse.

Can also be used as emergency contraception instead of the emergency contraceptive pill, if inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex

Your period can become heavier initially and then settle with time 

Safe to use while breastfeeding

Not affected by other medications 

More information: 
Better Health Channel
Family Planning Victoria