Summary of Changes from US MEC, 2010

The classification additions, deletions, and modifications from the 2010 U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (U.S. MEC) are summarized in the following tables (Box A1) (Tables A1 and A2). For conditions for which classifications changed for one or more contraceptive methods or the condition description underwent a major modification, the changes or modifications are shaded in gray (Tables A1 and A2). Conditions that do not appear in this table remain unchanged from the 2010 U.S. MEC.

BOX A1. Categories for classifying intrauterine devices and hormonal contraceptives

1 = A condition for which there is no restriction for the use of the contraceptive method.2 = A condition for which the advantages of using the method generally outweigh the theoretical or proven risks.

3 = A condition for which the theoretical or proven risks usually outweigh the advantages of using the method.

4 = A condition that represents an unacceptable health risk if the contraceptive method is used.

 

VIEW: TABLE A1. Summary of changes in classifications from U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010*

VIEW: TABLE A2. Summary of changes for emergency contraception from U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010*

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