More Information: For Committee Opinion #642—Increasing Access to Contraceptive Implants and Intrauterine Devices to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion #642 “Increasing Access to Contraceptive Implants and Intrauterine Devices to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy.” These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Clinical Guidance and Resources
ACOG’s Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Program
ACOG’s LARC Program works to reduce unintended pregnancy in the US by providing information, guidance, and practice management support for obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers who offer or would like to offer IUDs and implants to their patients. Explore the full range of program resources including clinical education and training opportunities, accredited webinars, and information about coding and reimbursement.

“Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices” (Committee Opinion #539)
This Committee Opinion addresses obstacles to adolescent access to LARC as well as common misconceptions about LARC held by obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers.

“Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices” (Practice Bulletin #121)
ACOG members may log in to view this Practice Bulletin, which provides evidence-based recommendations for appropriate candidate selection and the management of clinical issues and complications associated with LARC methods.

Patient Education Materials
Ob-gyns and other women’s health care providers may find the following materials useful for educating their patients about LARC methods.

Resources for Women and Patients

“Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant”
This Patient FAQ answers common patient questions about LARC, including how each method works, what risks are associated with IUDs and implants, and what to expect during IUD and implant insertion and removal.

“Birth Control—Especially for Teens”
This Patient FAQ provides basic information about IUDs and implants and how they compare to other contraceptive methods.

External Resources

Practice Tools
“Contraceptive Guidance for Health Care Providers,” CDC
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed guidance for which contraceptive methods are safe for women with selected characteristics and medical conditions. Several provider tools and summary charts are provided and can be used to identify appropriate candidates for LARC.

“LARC Reimbursement Guide,” ACOG, UCSF, NWLC, NFPRHA
This reimbursement guide, co-produced by ACOG, the University of California San Francisco LARC Program, the National Women’s Law Center, and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, includes information about insurance coverage and payment and reimbursement for LARC devices, placement, and removal, including immediate postpartum and post-abortion insertion.

“Method Explorer,” Bedsider
The Bedsider Birth Control Support Network provides a tool for side-by-side comparison of birth control methods using 14 different criteria.

“My Provider” Network, AHRP and Bedsider
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and Bedsider Birth Control Support Network maintain this searchable database of LARC providers by location. LARC providers can register their practices online at no cost.

Organizations and Programs
Contraceptive CHOICE Project
Visit the Contraceptive CHOICE Project for a comprehensive overview of study findings, links to all publications from this landmark study, and information about ongoing sub-studies.

IUD TaskForce
IUD TaskForce, a coalition established in 2013 by more than 25 New York City-based organizations, provides resources for multiple audiences, including providers, researchers, and policymakers.

UCSF Bixby Center LARC Project
The UCSF Bixby Center LARC Project is dedicated to improving access to LARC methods. Results of its large national study at 40 Planned Parenthood sites are presented.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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