Sexual and reproductive health

Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use

Second edition

WHO. Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 174
Publication date: 2004
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Russian
Price: CHF 25.00/US$ 25.00 - Developing countries: CHF 17.50
ISBN: 92 4 156284 6


This guide provides guidance on how to provide contraceptives, with the goals of maximizing effectiveness and managing side effects and other problems. The second edition contains 33 recommendations ranging from when to start a method, how to manage problems women experience using certain methods, how to provide emergency contraception, and what clinical exams to perform before a method can be initiated.

2008 UPDATE of the guide

On 1–4 April 2008, WHO convened an expert Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland, to revise the second edition in response to newly published evidence and requests for clarification of specific recommendations from users of the guideline.
This document summarizes the changes made to recommendations related to questions 6, 9, 11, 18 and 22 in the second edition of the Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use. The revised recommendations will appear in the 3rd edition of the guideline when it is published. In addition, this document includes a clarification of the recommendation related to question 17.

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