Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

Fourth edition


Department of Reproductive Health, World Health Organization

Front cover

Publication details

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


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.

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