Do teen girls go to LARC follow-up?

February 18, 2021

A study looks at follow-up care for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) insertion.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives are an excellent choice for adolescent girls who are seeking a contraceptive method. It doesn’t require the precision that the oral contraceptives need to perform optimally. However, it's not offered to as often as it should be and additionally a number of girls end up having the chosen device removed within a year of insertion.

A new study looked at whether teenagers and young adults commonly attend the follow-up visit and whether this follow-up visit had an impact on the decision to have the device removed. It found that roughly only 30% of the participants had a follow-up visit. Additionally, going to the follow-up was appeared to be linked to a higher likelihood of removing the long-acting reversible contraceptive within a year of insertion.

For more on the study and the next steps, check out our sister publication Contemporary Pediatrics.