Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria wheel for contraceptive use


WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Publication date: June 2015
Languages: Bosnian, Burmese, English, French, Kmer, Spanish, Urdu
Price: CHF 10.00 / US$ 12.00 - Developing countries: CHF 10.00
ISBN: 978 92 4 154925 7


This wheel contains the medical eligibility criteria for starting use of contraceptive methods, based on Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 5th edition (2015), one of WHO’s evidence-based guidelines. It guides family planning providers in recommending safe and effective contraception methods for women with medical conditions or medically-relevant characteristics. The wheel includes recommendations on initiating use of nine common types of contraceptive methods.

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