FSRH UK MEC

How to access the FSRH UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UK MEC)

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 over the last 18 months 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 – for the first time –

View our UKMEC Frequently Asked Questions here

Access the Digital Version of the UKMEC


All users are able to download and print from the digital version. Click here to view the UK MEC digital version.

Download a pdf of the UKMEC

All users are able to access a pdf of both the full UK MEC and the UK MEC summary sheets.

Click here for the UKMEC Summary Sheets

Click here for the UKMEC full book

Buy a copy of the UK MEC from Amazon

Anyone can buy direct from Amazon UK for the full price of £15.00.

 UKMEC 2016 Updates

Read the FSRH CEU statement on updated guidance on contraceptive choices for women at high risk of HIV - published in September 2019

FSRH UKMEC Book on Amazon