Women's health toolkit

This Women’s Health Hub is categorised into sections best representing the needs of women at different stages of their lives.

Guidelines and Pathways

NICE Long-acting Reversible Contraception (CG30, Oct 2005, updated 2019)

This guideline covers long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). It aims to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by improving the information provided to women about contraceptive choices and increasing the use of the more effective ‘fit and forget’ LARC methods.

LARC methods of contraception are defined in this guideline as contraceptive methods that require administration less than once per cycle or month. Included in the category of LARC are:

  • copper intrauterine devices
  • progestogen-only intrauterine systems
  • progestogen-only injectable contraceptives
  • progestogen-only subdermal implants

The NICE CG30 guideline includes pathways for improving contraception counselling and LARC provision:

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health's current clinical guidance lists a number of resources to help improve the safety and use of different methods of contraception in a range of clinical scenarios. These resources are produced by the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Unit and are free to access by all.


The UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC) offers guidance on contraceptive safety. The evidence-based recommendations allow a safety assessment for use of a contraceptive method by women with particular medical conditions or personal characteristics. This is an essential resource for use by any clinician providing contraception consultations. The summary document can be downloaded onto the clinical system for easy reference.

Other guidance includes evidence-based information for contraceptive use that are:

Method specific:

  • Intra-uterine contraception
  • Progestogen-only implant
  • Combined Hormonal Contraception
  • Progestogen-only pills
  • Progestogen-only injectable

For specific consultations:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Quick starting contraception

For specific populations:

  • Contraception for women aged over 40
  • Contraception after pregnancy
  • Overweight, obesity and contraception
  • Contraceptive choices for young people