Reducing Unintended Pregnancy and the Need for Abortion in the U.S. Through Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (the LARC Program)

Investigator: Cynthia Harper, PhD

Location(s): United States


Since 2008, the UCSF Bixby Center has conducted a major project to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—intrauterine devices and the subdermal contraceptive implant—in the United States. These methods are safe for nearly all women to use, but providers do not routinely offer them and women have misinformation about them. Use of IUDs has increased in the last decade, but remains below the rates of other developed countries.