Women know what they want from their contraceptive!

A survey commissioned by Bayer was conducted in the UK and included 1,500 women aged 25–34. The results showed:

Women know what they want from their contraceptive.

77%
of women wanted a contraceptive that they don’t have to think about regularly
60%
of women wanted a contraceptive that can be used after childbirth and during breastfeeding
58%
of women wanted a lower dose of hormones from their contraceptive
71%
of women wanted a quick return to fertility after stopping use
75%
of women wanted a contraceptive which makes periods lighter

Yet many women are not using a contraceptive that best fits their needs

17%
of women accessing their contraception via their GP surgery received a LARC
37%
of women accessing their contraception via a Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic (C&SH) in 2014–2015 received a LARC
23%
of women did not agree that their doctor had explored all options with them when discussing their contraceptive choice

Increasing the use of LARC methods will reduce the numbers of unintended pregnancies.

Busting the myths

Even today, when there’s more information out there than ever before, myths about contraception still exist.

So let’s set the record straight and clear up the common myths, revealed through the survey of 1,500 women in the UK conducted by Bayer.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T GET PREGNANT WHILST ON YOUR PERIOD

Over a third of women (36%) have heard this myth! But with sperm surviving up to seven days inside the female body, it’s important to use a contraceptive method at all times.

MYTH: THE WITHDRAWAL METHOD IS RELIABLE

Over a third of women (38%) have heard that you cannot get pregnant if the man withdraws before ejaculation and a further 17% of women have relied on the withdrawal method at some point. But the truth is around 22% of women who practise the withdrawal method for one year are likely to get pregnant.

MYTH: CONTRACEPTION IS BASICALLY JUST THE PILL

Many women still think that contraception choices are limited to the Pill, despite the availability of more effective alternatives. In the first year of use, approximately 9 in 100 women on the Pill will experience an unintended pregnancy, compared to 1 in 100 using very long-acting reversible contraceptive (vLARC) methods. Despite vLARCs being up to nine times less likely to fail than the Pill, approximately 34% of women surveyed were not aware of them.

MYTH: FERTILITY DOES NOT RETURN TO NORMAL LEVELS FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF LARCs

Nearly half of women (43%) did not know that the IUD, IUS and implants can be removed at any point by a healthcare professional. These methods are suitable for most women of reproductive age and once removed, women can expect their normal level of fertility to return relatively quickly.

What are very long-acting reversible contraceptive (vLARC) methods?

 

Very long-acting reversible contraceptives (shortened to vLARC) are designed to take the daily hassle out of contraception. They’re the most effective forms of reversible contraception available because you don’t need to remember to take them every day.

There are three* vLARC methods available in the UK: the copper coil (also called the intrauterine device, or IUD), the intrauterine system (IUS), the sub-dermal implant.

*The contraceptive injection may also be considered a LARC however unlike the other methods mentioned, the length of duration is in months rather than years and its effectiveness in typical use is considerably lower in comparison to vLARCs.

The methods are:

  1. CONVENIENT

    vLARC methods take the hassle out of contraception, because you don’t need to remember to take them daily or weekly.

  2. FLEXIBLE

    vLARC methods can be used long term (from three to ten years), but can also be discontinued at any time.

  3. RELIABLE

    vLARC methods are more than 99% effective in everyday use – making them the most reliable contraceptives available.

  4. VERSATILE

    vLARC methods do not interfere with sex, can be used when breastfeeding and could be a good option if your doctor has told you that you can’t take a contraceptive containing oestrogen.

  5. REVERSIBLE

    The contraceptive effects will wear off immediately following discontinuation of the vLARC methods and fertility usually returns quickly. However, with the contraceptive injection, it may take up to a year before fertility returns to normal.

Due to these benefits, it’s not surprising that women who use vLARC methods are more satisfied with their contraception than those who don’t (84% of women who use vLARC are satisfied with their contraceptive when asked at 12 months compared to 53% using short-acting methods such as the Pill)
945 Searches for LARC in the past 30 days
24,789 Searches for CONTRACEPTION in the past 30 days
42,977 Searches for CONDOMS in the past 30 days
5,670 Searches for
HEAVY PERIODS in the past 30 days
101 Searches for HORMONAL CONTRACEPTION in the past 30 days

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All contents © Bayer 2016. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: June 2016