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United States Medical Eligibility Criteria (US MEC) for Contraceptive Use, 2010

The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC) is intended to assist health care providers when counseling women, men, and couples about contraceptive method choice. The US MEC provides guidance on the safety of contraceptive method use for women with specific characteristics and medical conditions. This document is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice; persons should seek advice from their health care providers when determining family planning options.

CDC went through a formal adaptation process to create the US MEC. In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first edition of the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. WHO has always intended for its global guidance to be used by policy makers, family planning program managers, and the scientific community as a reference when developing family planning guidance at the country or program level.

The US MEC has a companion document, U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013 (US SPR), which addresses how to use contraceptive methods. While the US MEC provides guidance on who can use various methods of contraception, the US SPR provides guidance on how contraceptive methods can be used and how to remove unnecessary barriers for patients in accessing and successfully using contraceptive methods.

US MEC Resources

Summary Charts

These charts can be printed double sided, laminated, and used by health care providers when counseling women.

 

iPhone/ iPad App

New Mobile Tool Available for CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010

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Download the U.S. MEC application for iPhone/iPad from the iTunes App Store.

CDC has a new app which provides guidance for healthcare providers on the safety of contraceptive methods for people with certain medical conditions. The app is developed from the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010  that includes more than 60 characteristics and medical conditions that may affect people seeking family planning services.

Related Links

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) endorses the U.S. MEC and encourages its use by Fellows. The committee opinion is explained in Understanding and Using the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010. Source: Obstet Gynecol. 2011;118(3):754-760.

 

 

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