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.
Please note there is no restriction on any of our clinical standards and guidance for the purpose or your day-to-day clinical work, or for personal use for revision for exams or study purposes.
However, if you wish to use the UKMEC material to present at a conference event, or to support the delivery of study courses in the form of printed or digital course materials, we would ask that you seek copyright approval from us beforehand. Please submit your request via this form.