It's LARC Awareness Week

The UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health has partnered with the California Family Health Council to spread the word about long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the implant. During LARC Awareness Week, the UCSF Bixby Center is sharing its ongoing and comprehensive research about LARC methods, which are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. About half of pregnancies in the US are accidental, and this hasn’t changed in the last two decades. As more US women learn about and use IUDs and the implant, the rate of accidental pregnancy has declined.

The UCSF Bixby Center has explored different factors that influence LARC use. Many young women and health care providers have misinformation about IUDs and implants. Providers with recent training about LARC are more likely to counsel their clients about the methods. Women’s social networks also influence IUD use. Health care providers can encourage IUD users to share their personal experiences with their friends and family to spread the word about these methods.

To participate in LARC Awareness Week, spread the word about LARC on Twitter and Facebook @CalFamHealth and @Bedsider with the hashtag #LoveMyLARC.