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 – a digitally designed version enabling you to access a searchable online MEC. The new online UK MEC is easy to navigate, with features that cross reference with other clinical guidance documents.  You can now order a full print copy of the UKMEC for approximately £15 from Amazon. Finally you can access it by PDF if that is a better format for you. 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 more about a change of UKMEC category for use of progestogen-only injectable contraception by women at risk of HIV infection from UKMEC1 to UKMEC2


FSRH UKMEC Book on Amazon