Contraception for Specific Populations

Contraception After Pregnancy

FSRH Clinical Guideline: Contraception After Pregnancy (January 2017, amended October 2020)

01 October 2020

Contraception After Pregnancy, endorsed by the Royal Colleges: GPs; Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Nurses and Midwives, aims to guide healthcare professionals to inform and support the women in their care to make planned choices about future pregnancies and improve maternal and child outcomes through optimum spacing between children.

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Overweight and Obesity

FSRH Clinical Guideline: Overweight, Obesity and Contraception (April 2019)

01 April 2019

This new document aims to summarise the available evidence on contraceptive choices for women who are overweight and women with obesity (i.e. with body mass index 25 kg/m2 or higher). This guideline evaluates the interrelationship between contraception and weight and considerations such as bariatric surgery and weight loss medication.

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FSRH Guideline-related Resources: Quick Reference Summary of Clinical Guidance on Overweight, Obesity and Contraception (July 2019)

10 July 2019

This summary has been written as a quick reference guide to help busy clinicians give clear, safe advice on contraception for women who are overweight or with obesity. Please refer to the full Overweight, Obesity and Contraception guideline for further information and evidence for this advice. Members should log into the website and view this guidance under 'My Resouces' on the website.

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Young People

FSRH CEU Statement: Provision of LARC methods to young women in the UK (July 2015)

01 July 2015

The recent article in the Telegraph newspaper has highlighted the complex issues surrounding sexual activity in young women in the UK. Whilst it is true that the legal age of consent to sexual activity in the UK is 16 years, surveys suggest that almost one in three young people will have had sexual intercourse by this age.

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Aged Over 40

FSRH Clinical Guideline: Contraception for Women Aged over 40 Years (August 2017, amended September 2019)

26 September 2019

This update of the 2010 Contraception for Women Aged Over 40 Years guideline has been developed by the FSRH and brings together evidence and expert opinion on contraception for women aged over 40 years. The guideline was developed with a team of experts in the relevant fields and has been extensively peer reviewed in accordance with methodology used for developing FSRH Clinical Guidelines. The guidance is intended for use by health professionals working in SRH, general practice and obstetric and gynaecology settings. This guideline was amended in September 2019.

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Cardiac Disease

SRH for Women with IBD


FSRH CEU Statement: Management of women taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications who request intrauterine contraception or subdermal implants (March 2017)

01 March 2017

This statement aims to encourage the consistent and safe management of women requesting intrauterine contraception (IUC) and subdermal implants (SDI) who are taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications. It is primarily aimed at clinicians working in primary care and community sexual and reproductive health clinics.

Please read this guidance document in conjunction with any relevant clinical statements for this topic.

FSRH CEU Statement: Contraception for Women with Eating Disorders (May 2021)

10 May 2021

Sexually active women of reproductive age with eating disorders require effective contraception despite the fact that amenorrhoea and anovulation are common in this population. This statement provides clinicians with a resource for best helping women with eating disorders choose the most appropriate and acceptable contraception for them. Download and save the document here.

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