The most effective contraceptive methods are known as LARC (Long Acting Reversible or Longer Lasting Contraception).
These are highly effective methods, with very low failure rates as they are essentially “fit and forget” methods so no need for daily reminders. These methods are also highly cost effective, with no need for regular checks that might be needed with other methods.
Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive methods include:
- Intra-uterine devices (also known as coils)
- Implants (often referred to as ‘the bar’) – inserted under the skin in the upper arm
- Injections, given every three months.
Intra-uterine devices (IUD) are small T-shaped plastic devices which are available in different sizes. They come with hormones or without hormones, the latter known as a copper coil. They act as a contraceptive device largely by preventing fertilization, with some other local effects.
The range of hormonal devices has recently expanded and we can now offer a wider choice of device to suit individual needs. These devices vary in the length of time they are effective for and can be chosen based on this requirement.
The contraceptive implant is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. This device has the lowest dose of hormone of all hormonal methods of contraception.
All of our female GPs are skilled in inserting and removing these devices. Dr Geraldine Holland is an IUD expert and is highly skilled in difficult removals of the IUD. She is happy to take referrals from other doctors saving the patient waiting for a hospital appointment, which may take many months.