Sexual and reproductive health

Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use  - Arabic

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Number of pages: 174
Publication date: 2004
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
ISBN: 92 4 156266 8


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This document is one of WHO's two evidence-based guidelines on contraceptive use. It reviews the medical eligibility criteria for use of contraception, offering guidance on the safety of use of 19 different methods for women and men with specific characteristics or known medical conditions. The recommendations are based systematic reviews of available clinical and epidemiological research. It is the companion guideline to WHO's Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. Together these documents are intended to be used by policy-makers, programme managers, and the scientific community, and aim to support national programmes in the preparation of service delivery guidelines.

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