Sexual and reproductive health

The safety of quinacrine when used as a method of non-surgical sterilization in women

Interim statement

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Interim statement

Publication details

Number of pages: 2
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/09.21 - Web only


Numerous reports of short-term safety and efficacy of quinacrine sterilization in women have been published. Prompted by the recent availability of pre-clinical toxicology and longterm human safety data, WHO convened a technical consultation on 8-10 October 2008, in order to assess the relationship between quinacrine, when used for intrauterine administration for non-surgical sterilization in women, and cancer risk.