Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
Uptake and Discontinuation of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) in Low-Income Countries, published by ICF International, focuses on the contraceptive dynamics of LARC use among married women in low-income countries. The authors use a lifecycle approach to understand how women start these methods, how and why they stop, and what their status is three months after stopping. They also examine how individual and country characteristics affect the risk of discontinuation while still in need (DWSIN). High levels of DWSIN suggest method dissatisfaction and may leave women vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies if they do not start a new method.
Successful family planning programs should include a broad mix of contraceptive methods. Offering short-acting methods such as injectables, oral contraceptive pills, and barrier methods; long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like the intrauterine device (IUD) and implants; and permanent methods like vasectomy and tubal ligation allows programs to meet the varied and changing needs of their diverse clients. LARCs are an essential part of the method mix because they include both hormonal and nonhormonal options, are highly effective for years at a time, and are removable at any time.
Search POPLINE on these LARC topics:
- LARCs and youth
- LARCs as emergency contraception
- LARCs and task shifting/task sharing
- LARCs and community-based distribution programs
- LARCs and contraceptive security
Visit K4Health's LARCs page for:
- Overview: of LARCs including key messages;
- Take a Course: The Global Health eLearning Center offers two LARC-focused courses: IUDs and Long-Acting and Permanent Methods (LA/PMs) – A Smart FP/RH Program Investment;
- Access Tools: K4Health Toolkits and other programmatic resources;
- Review the Evidence: articles from Global Health: Science and Practice Journal and other key documents;
- Illustrate and Advocate: Images from Photoshare, videos, and other multimedia resources;
- Share and Connect: watch a webinar on Long-acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods hosted by Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).