Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

Fifth edition - Executive Summary

Authors:
Department of Reproductive Health, World Health Organization

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Publication details

Number of pages: 14
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English, French, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/15.07

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This executive summary contains all the new recommendations that will be incorporated into the fifth edition of the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use. In addition to the recommendations themselves, the summary provides an introduction to the guideline, a description of the methods used to develop the recommendations for this fifth edition, and a summary of changes (from the fourth edition to the fifth edition of the MEC). It is anticipated that the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, fifth edition will be available online by 1 July 2015. In the interim, the fourth edition of the guideline, along with this summary of new recommendations provides the complete set of WHO recommendations on medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use.

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