Meeting the Need, Fulfilling the Promise: Youth and Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive

Ensuring young people’s access to long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) will help to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, decrease unsafe abortions, and ensure full and informed contraceptive choice for youth. This brief discusses the advantages and challenges of providing LARCs — specifically contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) — to youth, and provides case studies from Ethiopia and Madagascar. It also outlines actions for policymakers and donors to make youth access to LARCs a reality.