Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use

This document is the third edition of WHO's selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use. It provides guidance regarding "how" to use contraceptive methods safely and effectively.

This document does not provide rigid guidelines but gives recommendations that provide a basis for rationalizing the provision and use of various contraceptives in view of the most up-to-date information available.

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  • The World Health Report
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  • International Pharmacopoeia
    Collection of quality specifications for pharmaceutical substances and dosage forms, for reference or adaptation by WHO Member States.


  • The African Health Monitor
    Web platform for data and statistics, analysis and synthesis of information to support countries establish national or sub-national health observatories.
  • Public Health Panaroma
    Lessons learned from the field, as well as original research work, to facilitate the use of evidence and good practice for public health action.

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