Few women use long-term contraception

Only 1% of Australian women use long acting reversible contraception (LARC), a new study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia has found.

Researchers have discovered that a general lack of familiarity with LARC (such as contraceptive implants) amongst GPs made it harder for women to access this form of effective but low maintenance contraception.

Of the 100 contraception-related consultations managed in Australian general practice, LARC was only discussed, prescribed or managed in approximately 15% of cases, while the oral contraceptive pill was raised in about 69% of consultations.

Researchers said a greater understanding of patient and GP views about contraception would lead to more effective contraceptive use.

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