Leslie Carol Botha: SMCR member and menstrual health advocate, Laura Wershler has written a brilliant exposé on the new movement in birth control: LARCs – long-acting reversible contraceptives filled with synthetic hormones dripping into women’s bloodstreams. We may think we have fought and won the struggle for the right to birth control…. but it appears to many that forcing women into these types of contraceptives takes their choices away – placing them in the hands of physicians… Is this really what we struggled for all these years? Women are already suffering extreme forms of hormone imbalance anxiety from contraceptives they can choose to walk away from… can you imagine having to argue with your doctor to take out a LARC because you are miserable on it?
Do you love your LARC?
by Laura Wershler
December 12, 2012
This catchy acronym stands for long-acting reversible contraceptive, and the push is on for many more women to choose this form of birth control. Make no mistake, it’s all about control: What the doctor puts in, only the doctor can take out. Ergo, it’s 99% effective. You can quit taking your pills, rip off your patch, or NOT show up for your next Depo-Provera shot. But if you hate the side effects caused by your IUD or implant, you’ve gotta go see a health-care provider to have it removed.
I’ve challenged the Contraceptive Choice Project study that praised the effectiveness of LARCs over the pill, patch and ring. I took issue with the ACOG recommendation that LARCs are the best methods for teenagers. Now there’s more hype with LARC Awareness Week.
According to the awareness campaign, LARCs include the ParaGard (copper) IUD, Mirena (progestin) IUD and Implanon, a non-biodegradable flexible rod, also containing progestin, that is inserted under the skin and left for up to three years. (Here’s a story about the rods going missing in women’s bodies.) Read the patient information about Implanon. Would you agree to have it inserted into your body?
Women who hate Implanon are speaking out. So are women who don’t love their ParaGard or Mirena IUDs. On YouTube, a video by a women with Mirena issues has over 6000 views; Why I Love My LARC, posted 8 days earlier, has about 100.