excellentAdvocates for Youth is pleased to announce an upcoming training on Long –Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods (LARC), to be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Washington Court Hotel near Union Station (see attached flyer). This training, sponsored by the University of California San Francisco, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and Advocates for Youth, provides information about the latest research and best practices for the provision of LARC methods.

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As you may know, LARC methods, the IUD and contraceptive implant, are ideal contraceptive methods for many women. They are safe, effective, and reversible, require little to no maintenance, and have much better compliance rates than other hormonal methods.

We are also pleased to provide you with information about new guidelines for family planning services. “Providing Quality Family Planning Services – Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs” released in April 2014 define what services should be offered in a family planning visit and gives providers the information they need to improve the quality of family planning services. The recommendations were developed collaboratively by CDC and OPA based on a rigorous systematic review of the available evidence and extensive input from a broad range of clinical experts. An online version of the recommendations is available as an MMWR Recommendations and Reports on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6304a1.htm?s_cid=rr6304a1_w

The recommendations:

  • describe what services should be offered in a family planning visit: contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, advice for achieving pregnancy, basic infertility, preconception health, and STD services. They also describe how these services should be provided.
  • address the needs of both female and male clients; describe how to provide services to special populations such as adolescents; provide detailed guidance on how to provide contraceptive services; and encourage providers to discuss contraceptive effectiveness with clients seeking to prevent pregnancy.
  • encourage using the family planning visit to provide other essential preventive health services such as blood pressure screening and breast and cervical cancer screening.

For further information about the training, please contact Hilary O’Brien, Program Associate, Advocates for Youth by phone at 202-419-3420 or by email: Hilary@advocatesforyouth.org.