Removing unnecessary medical barriers to contraception: Celebrating a decade of the U.S. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

Kathryn M. Curtis, Lauren B. Zapata, H. Pamela Pagano, Antoinette Nguyen, Jennifer Reeves, Maura K. Whiteman

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Abstract

In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, providing recommendations for health care providers on safe use of contraception for people with certain characteristics or medical conditions. Adapted from World Health Organization guidance, the goal of the recommendations is to remove unnecessary medical barriers to contraception. Over the past decade, CDC has updated recommendations based on new evidence, collaborated with national partners to disseminate and implement the guidelines, and conducted provider surveys to assess changes in attitudes and practices around contraception safety and provision. CDC remains committed to supporting evidence-based guidelines for safe use of contraception, as the basis for improving access to contraception and high-quality family planning services, reducing unintended pregnancy, and improving reproductive health in the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • clinical practice guidelines
  • contraception
  • reproductive health

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