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Long Acting Reversible (LARCs)


When can it be safely inserted?

  • Up to Day 5 without need for additional protection
  • At any time if it is reasonably certain that she is not pregnant with additional protection for the next 7 days.

Timing of Repeat Insertions

  • Women who return on schedule or earlier do not need additional contraceptive protection.
  • If after 3 years, additional contraceptive protection is needed, Pregnancy testing and Emergency contraception need to be considered if UPSI has occured.

Benefits and Risks of Progestogen Only Implant

  • 1) Non Contraceptive benefits:
    • Dysmenorrhoea and ovulatory pain may be alleviated.
    • May be beneficial in the treatment of Endometriosis.
  • 2) Health Concerns:
    • Little or No increase risk of venous thromboembolism, stroke or myocardial infarction.
    • No evidence of clinically significant adverse effect on bone mineral density.
  • Insufficient data to determine effect on breast cancer risk.
  • Absolute risk of Ectopic is very low in view of Ovulation suppresion action.
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