Based on qualitative research into the experiences of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) users and practitioners, this report uses a human rights approach to examine whether some groups are disproportionately targeted for LARC use based on assumptions about their capacity to avoid unwanted pregnancy or suitability for motherhood.

Researchers found that almost half of those using LARC said they felt under pressure to accept this method, and many experienced challenges seeking removal. The report explores how particular groups including Black women, those with physical or mental health issues, younger women, those with a previous use of abortion or emergency contraception, drug and alcohol users, women with higher BMIs, and those who have had children removed, may experience pressure to accept a LARC.

Written by Taylor Burgess, Rachael Eastham, Mark Limmer, Clare Murphy, Rianna Raymond-Williams and Annabel Sowemimo

Published by BPASDecolonising Contraception, Shine Aloud UK, and the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University.

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