Contraception campaign is launched

A CAMPAIGN looking at contraception and young women is under way in Scarborough and across the region.

Younger women are being encouraged to consider Long Acting Reversible Contraception, or LARC, as part of a new sexual health campaign launched by NHS North Yorkshire and York and City of York Council's Young People's Service.

LARC methods protect against pregnancy as an alternative to the contraceptive pill. They offer the same level of protection against pregnancy that the pill does (over 99 per cent), but the key advantages are that they don't need to be taken every day and can last for anything from eight weeks to 10 years before reapplication.

As part of the campaign, a poster has been developed targeting young people who might benefit from using LARC methods with the help of four women who became pregnant at a young age. The poster will be displayed in a variety of venues across the county including GP surgeries, pharmacies, youth clubs and family centres.

To find out more about Long Active Reversible Contraception or LARC, visit your local Family Planning Clinic or GP. More information about family planning and contraception is also available at or for free confidential advice call 0800 28 29 30.