Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

By Monica Simpson and Cindy Pearson There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. … Continued

Join SisterSong and the NWHN for a Discussion on LARCs!

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective methods for preventing pregnancy, but pregnancy prevention may not be an individual woman’s most important consideration in choosing a contraceptive. As enthusiasm for LARCs has grown in recent years, SisterSong and the NWHN have been strong voices in reminding public health officials that the best drug or device … Continued

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write as a physician, and lifetime member of NWHN.  I have relied on the Network, since its founding, to offer me a perspective that organized medicine does not. But I also rely on the Network for factually correct information. I do not think the article on migraines (“Solving the Mystery of the … Continued

Policy Issues: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)

In recent years, there has been a surge in the education and promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). LARCs are reversible birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for an extended period of time, and once inserted, work without user action. LARCs include intrauterine devices (IUDs, pictured) and contraceptive implants like … Continued

The Great LARC Debate

I am sure you have heard the hype. Not a week goes by without a major media outlet touting the successes of the family planning “magic bullet” called LARCs – long-acting reversible contraceptives. As many of you already know, LARCs are reversible birth control methods that are effective in preventing conception for an extended period … Continued