Sexual and reproductive health

Mobile phone with the MEC Application

The Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) is being adapted for installation and use in mobile phones.

The first version is the Java Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) MEDP v1.0, being commonly found in many simple mobile phones. The MEC Mobile J2ME is available free.

The MEC mobile versions for Android and Apple OS are under development.

MEC 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.

Instructions for installation

  • Download the two files: ContraWheel.jar and ContraWheel.jad to your computer.
  • The mobile phone must support J2ME.
  • Transfer the files to your mobile phone using a cable or Bluetooth.
  • On the mobile phone, select the ContraWheel.jad file to start using the tool.

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Offering providers the flexibility to use their personal mobile devices is one more way to deliver information and counseling on family planning methods.

Provider at a community health center in Cambodia counsel clients on family planning.
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