Contraceptive choices: beyond the morning after | Sexual Health Week 2014
Your contraceptive choices
Hands up who's heard of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)? You may not have heard this term before - but you've probably heard of at least one of the LARC methods:
- the implant (also known as the rod)
- the contraceptive injection (often called by the brand name Depo)
- the IUD (often called the coil)
- the IUS (often called by the brand name Mirena).
So what are LARC methods? They're highly effective methods of contraception that you don't have to think about every day or every time you have sex - they last from 8 weeks up to 10 years!
The obvious advantage of these methods is that once they're in place, you can't forget to take them or use them.
However, they don't help protect you against sexually transmitted infections so it's always sensible to use condoms as well.
Most of us know a bit about emergency contraception (EC) and many of us have used it after unprotected sex, or when our usual method of contraception has failed.
But our sexual health week survey revealed that there is a lot of misinformation out there and that often we aren't aware of the different choices we have to help prevent unwanted sperm reaching an egg!
Your Guide to Emergency Contraception is a great place to start to find out the facts about the three different methods.
Below, we're looking at some of the common myths and misconceptions we hear. Click on the myth to reveal the facts!