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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Overview course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This session addresses the long-acting reversible methods of contraception, including their effectiveness, thus ensuring knowledge of how to access these methods of contraception for our patients.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in November 2019.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)
  • State the effectiveness of LARCs and how they work
  • Explain the factors that can make LARCs unsafe
  • Explain what a patient needs to know to enable them to make an informed decision to use a LARC
  • Explain who LARCs can/should be offered to and why

In July 2019, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) updated their 2005 guidelines for the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The guidelines state that LARCs are the most cost-effective methods of contraception and advocates their increased use. Importantly, LARCs are also the most effective methods in clinical practice.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete sessions:

  • Sexual Health: Indicators of Risk (400-0143)
  • Sexual History Taking in the General Practice Context (400-0144)
  • The Sexual History - The Partner History (400-0145)
Instructors / Speakers
Alison Swain,
General Practitioner

Alison has worked as a GP in Birmingham since graduating from the city's in 1986.

She has a special interest in contraception and sexual health and training and facilitates both the contraception unit of the Postgraduate Award in Sexual Health (Warwick University) and Birmingham’s SHIP (Sexual Health in Practice) programme.

Philippa Matthews,
General Practitioner

Dr Philippa Matthews (MBBS, FRCGP) is currently Primary Care Development Lead at the Africa Centre in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, working with a population with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. Prior to this she was a GP in Kings Cross, London, and Sexual Health Clinical Lead for Islington.

She has developed and delivered sexual health training and written extensively about sexual health services in primary care, most recently authoring MEDFASH’s new HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs) webtool to support GPs and practice nurses to increase HIV testing in this area.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Overview course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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