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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14125: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptive) methods are (a) offered and (b) administered in primary care settings.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 1 February 2018

The IUD (the coil), IUS (mirena) and contraceptive implant are all available to women wishing to access LARC. Other hormonal and barrier methods of contraception are also available meaning women are supported and empowered to choose the method most suited to them. The number of LARC prescriptions can be obtained from the ISD publication on LARC in Scotland at Table 5a: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/2017-09-05/mat_la_table5.xlsx?08:31:21

It is the responsibility of NHS Boards to ensure that women can access LARC, whether that is through primary care or specialist sexual health services.