Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) options last a long time. Once you've had them inserted, you don't need to worry about them for the next few years! They are a great option as they are very good at preventing pregnancy, and you can just "set and forget."
Lasts 3 years
Lasts 5 years
Lasts 10 years
A small, T-shaped contraceptive devices inserted into the uterus
Has a fine nylon thread attached to it, which you can feel high up inside your vagina
Does not contain hormones.
Constantly releases a small amount of copper into the uterus
Buy from a pharmacy, with a prescription
Inserted by a trained doctor or nurse.
Can also be used as emergency contraception instead of the emergency contraceptive pill, if inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex
Your period can become heavier initially and then settle with time
Safe to use while breastfeeding
Not affected by other medications