Contraceptive Implants

WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel

The WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel for Contraceptive Use - 2015 Update contains the medical eligibility criteria for starting use of contraceptive methods, based on Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 5th edition (2015), one of WHO’s evidence-based guidelines. It guides family planning providers in recommending safe and effective contraception methods for women with medical conditions or medically-relevant characteristics. Additionally, an online version of the wheel is available.

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Comparing Effectiveness of Family Planning Methods

This chart from the Family Planning: Global Handbook for Providers compares the effectiveness of the following family planning methods:

  • Contraceptive Implants
  • IUD
  • Female Sterilization
  • Vasectomy
  • Injectables
  • LAM
  • Contraceptive Pills
  • Contraceptive Patch
  • Vaginal Ring
  • Male Condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • Female Condoms
  • Fertility Awareness Methods
  • Withdrawal
  • Spermicides