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Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote awareness of long acting contraceptives; and if she will make a statement. (124455)

The Government recognise the importance of women having access to the full range of contraceptive methods. A guideline has been developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) and this emphasized the cost effectiveness of currently available LARC methods.

We will be issuing best practice guidance on reproductive healthcare this spring which will include further guidance on improving access to LARCs.