Appendix A: Summary Chart of U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016
Health-care providers can use the summary table as a quick reference guide to the classifications for hormonal contraceptive methods and intrauterine contraception to compare classifications across these methods (Box A1) (Table A1). For complete guidance, see the 2016 U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (U.S. MEC) (Curtis KM, Tepper NK, Jatlaoui TC, et al. U.S. medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, 2016. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65[No. RR-3]) for clarifications to the numeric categories, as well as for summaries of the evidence and additional comments. Hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine devices do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and women using these methods should be counseled that consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk for transmission of HIV and other STDs. Use of female condoms can provide protection from transmission of STDs, although data are limited.
BOX A1. Categories for classifying hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine devices
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 classifications for hormonal contraceptive methods and intrauterine devices
- Curtis KM, Tepper NK, Jatlaoui TC, et al. U.S. medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, 2016. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65(No. RR-3).
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Pages in this Report
- Table of Contents
- US SPR 2016
- How To Be Reasonably Certain that a Woman Is Not Pregnant
- Intrauterine Contraception
- Combined Hormonal Contraceptives
- Progestin-Only Pills
- Standard Days Method
- Emergency Contraception
- Female Sterilization
- Male Sterilization
- When Women Can Stop Using Contraceptives
- ›Summary Chart of U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016
- When To Start Using Specific Contraceptive Methods
- Examinations and Tests Needed Before Initiation of Contraceptive Methods
- Routine Follow-Up After Contraceptive Initiation
- Management of Women with Bleeding Irregularities While Using Contraception
- Management of Intrauterine Devices When Users are Found To Have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease