What is Ukmec criteria?

The UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC) offers guidance to providers of contraception regarding who can use contraceptive methods safely. The efficacy of contraception may be affected by the condition or by a medication required for the condition; the UKMEC category does not reflect this.

What does Ukmec 3 mean?

A condition for which there is no restriction for the use of the method. Category 2. A condition where the advantages of using the method generally outweigh the theoretical or proven risks. Category 3. A condition where the theoretical or proven risks usually outweigh the advantages of using the method.

What is Ukmec?

The UKMEC is a set of guidance criteria that enable and support clinicians to deliver safe, evidence-based contraceptive care to women. An often repeated saying in sexual and reproductive health care (SRH) is that ‘all modern methods of contraception are very safe, but not all women are safe to use them’.

Do you add Ukmec?

The guidance highlights that UKMEC criteria cannot be added together. For example, if a woman has two conditions that score a UKMEC category of 2 each, this does not equate to UKMEC 4.

Who MEC criteria?

< 40 years Women from menarche through 40 years of age can use CHCs without restriction (MEC Category 1). Range: Low to very low ≥ 40 years Women 40 years and older can generally use CHCs (MEC Category 2). < 6 weeks postpartum Breastfeeding women < 6 weeks postpartum should not use CHCs (MEC Category 4).

When is Cerelle effective?

If you start using Cerelle on days 1-5 of your period, you will be immediately protected against pregnancy. Used correctly, Cerelle can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea you may not be protected against pregnancy.

How do you take progesterone only pills?

You need to take 1 pill every day within either 3 or 12 hours of the same time each day, depending on which type you’re taking. There’s no break between packs of pills – when you finish a pack, you start the next one the next day.

What is MEC category?

The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (US MEC) includes recommendations for using specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions.

How long can you take Cerelle for?

If you experience side effects while taking Cerelle for longer than three months or find them unmanageable, then you should speak to your doctor. They may recommend that you stop taking Cerelle or change to a different pill which may cause less side effects.

Is Cerelle a 3 hour or 12 hour pill?

Cerazette and the generic form, Cerelle, have a 12-hour window and other pills have a three-hour window. Your periods may change in a way that does not suit you. They may become irregular, light, more frequent, last longer or stop altogether.

Does the progesterone pill make breasts bigger?

Many birth control pills contain the same hormones, estrogen and progestin, which is a synthetic form of progesterone. Starting to take the pill can stimulate the breasts to grow. However, any increase in size is typically slight.

How are medical criteria set out in ukmec?

The UKMEC tables are set out as follows (from left to right, see Table 3): • The first column indicates the CONDITION Each condition is defined as representing either an individual’s characteristics (e.g. age, parity) or a known pre-existing medical condition (e.g. diabetes, hypertension).

Can a contraceptive method be used with ukmec Category 3?

A contraceptive method with a UKMEC Category 3 can be used; however, it may require expert clinical judgement and/or referral to a specialist contraception provider since use is not usually recommended unless other methods are not available or acceptable.

What is the definition of Category C ukmec?

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What are the eligibility criteria for contraceptive use in the UK?

The UK medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (UKMEC) The UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC) offers guidance to providers of contraception regarding who can use contraceptive methods safely. These evidence-based recommendations do not indicate a best method