At Kasha, we are committed to offer women multiple options when it comes to contraceptives. Nowadays, there are many contraceptive methods available to suit the various needs of women and we believe that a woman’s choice starts with information. In this blog, we are going to highlight long acting reversible contraceptives (also known as LARCs in the public health sector). These methods are highly convenient and prevent pregnancy for long periods of time.
What are LARCs?
LARCs are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period of time without requiring user action. LARCs therefore don’t require the same regular regime that comes with other methods (e.g. taking a pill every day) making them stress free and convenient for the user. In addition, LARCs are reversible (unlike sterilization) and a woman is able to get pregnant once she stops the method. Consequently, LARCs provide women the opportunity to plan their lives and families as well as make long-term financial, educational, and health decisions.
What types of LARCs are available on the Kasha platform?
This implant contains levonorgestrel (a synthetic progestin) and can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. Jadelle is composed of two thin, flexible silicone rods that are inserted under the inner skin of the upper arm by a healthcare provider.
This implant contains progestin and can prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. It is a small plastic rod, the size of matchstick inserted under the inner skin of the upper arm by a healthcare provider.
This intrauterine device (IUD) contains progestogen and prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years. In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, Mirena can also be used to treat women with extremely painful and heavy periods. While using this implant, a woman will have light periods or no periods at all alleviating the symptoms of heavy periods. Mirena is a T-shaped intrauterine device that is placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider.
This shot that contains progestin and it prevents pregnancy for up to 3 months. The shot is administered by a healthcare provider.
This shot contains progestin and it prevents pregnancy for up to 2 months.The shot is administered by a healthcare provider.
This shot contains synthetic made estrogen and progestin and it prevents pregnancy for 1 month. The shot is administered by a healthcare provider.
It is a t shaped intrauterine device made of copper. The copper acts as hormones would in a hormonal IUD and stops the sperm from reaching the egg. The copper IUD can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
What to remember about LARCs
- There are many options available
- They are reversible (a woman is able to conceive after stopping the method)
- Easy to use (they prevent pregnancy for long periods of time requiring no user action)
- These methods only prevent pregnancy but do not protect against STIs. Use them with a condom to protect yourself against STIs. When used correctly, these methods are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy