UK medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (UKMEC) guideline

Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare


Modern contraceptives may be safe, but not all women are safe to use them. Preventing an unintended pregnancy can be vital, but must take into account the many factors influencing a woman's situation when she presents in primary care that could affect the safety of contraception. In this edition of the UKMEC guidance, factors such as a history of bariatric surgery, organ transplant, and rheumatoid arthritis have been included.

This Guidelines summary covers the safety of contraceptive methods, their interactions with conditions women commonly present with in primary care, and the potential contraindications with ongoing treatment.


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