Send to

Choose Destination

Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use: A WHO Family Planning Cornerstone.


4th edition. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2010.
WHO Guidelines Approved by the Guidelines Review Committee.


This document reviews the medical eligibility criteria for use of contraception, offering guidance on the safety of use of different methods for women and men with specific characteristics or known medical conditions. The recommendations are based on systematic reviews of available clinical and epidemiological research. It is a companion guideline to Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use. Together, these documents are intended to be used by policy-makers, programme managers, and the scientific community, to support national programmes in the preparation of service delivery guidelines.

Copyright © 2010, World Health Organization.

Support Center