Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria wheel for contraceptive use

2008 update


WHO. Department of Reproductive Health and Research


Publication details

Publication date: 2009
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish
Price: Individual copy CHF10.00/US$12.00 - Developing countries: CHF10.00 -

Packs of 20 wheels: CHF 60.00 / US$ 72.00 - Developing countries: CHF 42.00
ISBN: 978 92 4 154771 0


This wheel contains the medical eligibility criteria for starting use of contraceptive methods. It is based on the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC), 3rd edition and its 2008 Update, one of WHO’s evidence-based guidelines. It tells family planning providers if a woman presenting with a known medical or physical condition is able to use various contraceptive methods safely and effectively. The wheel includes recommendations on initiating use of six common types of contraceptives.

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MEC mobile application

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