Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

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Department of Reproductive Health, World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 121
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Price: CHF 25.00 / US$ 30.00 - Developing countries: CHF 17.50
ISBN: 978 92 4 1563888

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This document reviews the medical eligibility criteria for use of contraception, offering guidance on the safety of use of different methods for women and men with specific characteristics or known medical conditions. The recommendations are based on systematic reviews of available clinical and epidemiological research. It is a companion guideline to Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use. Together, these documents are intended to be used by policy-makers, programme managers, and the scientific community, to support national programmes in the preparation of service delivery guidelines.

Technical statement on hormonal contraception and HIV

The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. The recommendation follows a thorough review of evidence about links between hormonal contraceptive use and HIV acquisition.

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