Most people in Australia use a form of contraception that relies on a regular routine, such as the contraceptive pill or condoms. While these methods are both popular and easy to access, they are not as effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy as other longer acting methods.
In Australia, one in two women will experience an unplanned pregnancy in their lifetime. More than half of these women were using at least one form of contraception at the time – meaning it failed to work as intended. When contraception fails, or was not used, emergency contraception, such as the “morning after pill” available at most pharmacies, or having a copper IUD fitted, can help avoid getting pregnant. However, if you would like to reduce the chance of contraceptive failure in the first place, you may want to consider a more reliable long-acting reversible contraceptive option. For women, there is a range of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) options available. Long-acting reversible contraception is a category of ‘set-and-forget’ contraceptive methods that prevent unplanned pregnancy with a high degree of reliability and efficacy. They can last for months or years, depending on the method chosen.
Dr Marie clinics offer a full range of LARC options such as contraceptive injection, contraceptive implant or rod, the copper intra-uterine device (IUD) and hormonal intrauterine system (IUS). In certain clinics we also provide the option of permanent contraception with tubal ligation.
For men, there are currently no long-acting reversible methods available in Australia. However, if you do not wish to have children or have completed your family you may consider a vasectomy; a safe, permanent method of contraception for men.
To discuss your contraception options or to make an appointment, please call us on 1300 003 707.
Types of contraception
Long-acting reversible contraception is a category of ‘set-and-forget’ contraceptive methods that prevent unplanned pregnancy with a high degree of reliability and efficacy. They do not require the user to adhere to a daily regime and so maintain a high degree of protection over months and years.
Vasectomy is a safe, permanent method of contraception for men who have completed their family or who have decided not to have children. No method of contraception is 100% effective but vasectomy is one of the most effective options available.
Tubal ligation is a permanent method of contraception, also known as female sterilisation, which involves blocking both fallopian tubes, preventing the passage of eggs (ova) to the uterus, thereby preventing pregnancy. It is only available in WA.
Following unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, emergency contraception is an option for women to avoid unplanned pregnancy. In Australia, there are two types of emergency contraception available: the copper intra-uterine device (IUD) and emergency contraceptive pills.