Strategies to increase use of long-acting and permanent contraception
The most effective methods of contraception are frequently the least available. These long-acting and permanent methods (LAPM) include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the progestogen implant, as well as male and female sterilization. The IUD and progestogen implant are reversible, and may also be referred to as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). These methods are useful for couples wishing to space pregnancies. Male and female sterilization are permanent methods for couples who have completed childbearing. LAPM is used broadly to refer to all methods.