Updated Recommendations for Contraception Use
CDC periodically revises its contraceptive guidance for health care providers after review of the scientific evidence and consultation with national experts. These recommendations are intended to assist health care providers when they counsel women, men, and couples about contraceptive method choice and provide evidence-based guidance to reduce medical barriers to contraception access and use.
The U.S. MEC includes evidence-based recommendations for using specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions. The 2016 U.S. MEC updates the previous 2010 U.S. MEC with new guidance including:
The U.S. SPR provides evidence-based recommendations for common, but sometimes complex, questions regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptive methods. The 2016 U.S. SPR updates the previous 2013 U.S. SPR with new guidance including:
Updated guidance documents, provider tools, and other electronic resources are available: