UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC)

FSRH UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC)

The UK MEC helps clinicians decide what contraceptives they can safely recommend based on the medical conditions of patients in their care. Funded by the FSRH and developed by our Clinical Effectiveness Unit, this key guidance is informed by robust and up-to-date evidence on when contraceptives can and cannot be safely used. Where evidence was lacking, the FSRH CEU took great care to obtain professional input from leading UK experts in each relevant field.

There are three different ways you can access the UKMEC including: 

Please note that the digitally designed version of the UKMEC is currently unavailable. We are working on upgrading our digital version of the UKMEC which will be coming in Spring 2024. In the meantime, please access the UKMEC by downloading the PDF or ordering a print copy

View our UKMEC Frequently Asked Questions here

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UKMEC April 2016 (Amended September 2019)

01 April 2016

Download and save the UKMEC 2016. Published in April 2016. Updated in September 2019.

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