Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use

5th edition. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2015

Excerpt: This document is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC), the first edition of which was published in 1996, presents current WHO guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. This is the fifth edition of the MEC - the latest in the series of periodic updates. This edition is divided into two parts. Part I describes how the recommendations were developed and Part II contains the recommendations and describes how to use them. The recommendations contained within this document are based on the latest clinical and epidemiological data. Several tools and job aids are available from WHO and other sources to help providers use these recommendations in practice.
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Comment: WHO regularly updates its Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, a very useful document for healthcare providers who treat clients with the desire and need of family planning. I strongly advise readers of this monthly review to download the new document: WHO Guidelines Approved by the Guidelines Review Committee/Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. (HMV)