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Contraceptive choices: Using the UKMEC guidance

Knowing which contraception can be safely used by which woman is essential knowledge for all clinicians involved in women’s healthcare. Updated guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health reflects current evidence and following it will help you adhere to best practice.


After working through this resource you will be able to:

  • Understand the need to refer to the UKMEC 2016 guidance when women consult for contraception advice or services
  • Discuss why and how to use the UKMEC 2016 guidance
  • Explain how the UKMEC 2016 differs from previous versions
  • Identify where to find resources in the UKMEC 2016 to aid your diagnosis of the different types of migraine headache.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the UKMEC guidelines and how to use them when advising women on contraceptive choices. The level of these questions is aimed at people working in an extended role who may also be prescribers. Complete the recommended reading and the suggested activities to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your revalidation portfolio

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Best practice: the updated UKMEC contraception guidance Dr Caroline Taylor


The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare FSRH 2016; UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for contraceptive use. UKMEC 2016. Available from

NICE CG30. Long-acting reversible contraception, 2005 (update)

FPA. Contraceptive methods with user failure, 2014.

FPA. Contraceptive methods with no user failure, 2014.


E-Learning for Health – Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare: programme for healthcare professionals to acquire the relevant knowledge for delivering sexual and reproductive healthcare: