Use long-acting contraception first: expert

A US study of around 10,000 women found the 24-month continuation rate for LARCS was 77% compared to 41% for non-LARC methods, including the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), rings and patches. Participants were either not using a contraceptive or were willing to switch to a different one at the start of the study.

Dr Caroline Harvey, medical director of Family Planning Queensland, said the results were not surprising and LARCs should be among first-line contraceptive options, particularly for younger women where they have tended to be used more as second or third-line.