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Family Planning

RHO: Family Planning

Overview/Lessons Learned

Contraceptive Methods

Key Issues

Annotated Bibliography


Program Examples


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Family planning reduces maternal mortality and improves women's health by preventing unwanted and high-risk pregnancies and reducing the need for unsafe abortions. Contraceptive use by women and men helps families space births, prevents unwanted pregnancy, and, in the case of consistent condom use, prevents transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. When properly provided and used, currently available contraceptives are safe and effective for the vast majority of users.

Browse summaries of recommendations and findings from the newly revised WHO medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use. These criteria are based on scientific evidence and were developed by WHO in consultation with groups and individuals from all regions of the world. The criteria are part of WHO's overall effort to ensure that women and men worldwide have access to safe and high-quality family planning services.

This section also provides summaries of the characteristics of each contraceptive method as well as some of the issues programs should address when providing quality reproductive health services.

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