WHO issues new selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use

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WHO issues new selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use
Publication Date: 12/14/2016

WHO has issued new and updated recommendations on the provision of contraception in the third edition of its guideline Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use published today. The publication is one of WHO’s evidence-based guidance documents to support and strengthen national contraceptive/family planning programmes. It serves as a companion piece to Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) which focuses on who can use contraceptive methods safely, providing guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. This new guideline, Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use, looks more at how to use contraceptive methods safely and effectively.

The new and updated practice recommendations contained in this guideline contribute to improving the quality of care in family planning by presenting evidence-based guidance on the safe provision of contraceptive methods for both women and men. The guidelines cover method initiation/continuation, incorrect use, problems during use and programmatic issues for the following family planning methods for women and men:

  • IUDs,
  • implants,
  • progestogen-only pills,
  • combined oral contraceptive pills,
  • combined contraceptive transdermal patch,
  • combined contraceptive vaginal ring,
  • combined injectable contraceptives,
  • emergency contraception
  • Standard Days Method®
  • male sterilization.

In total, 19 topics (over 75 recommendations) were reviewed to develop this third edition.

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