This site is intended for healthcare professionals

This activity is hosted on the site of our educational partner

You will be connecting to our educational partner, which controls its own content, practices, and other policies.

You will be connecting to our educational partner, which controls its own content, practices, and other policies.

  • Overview
  • Activity
  • Post-Test
  • Evaluation
  • Claim Credit
Guidance update: latest FSRH guidelines on contraceptive use (UKMEC)

Guidance update: latest FSRH guidelines on contraceptive use (UKMEC)

This course is available for purchase as part of a subscription:



Time to Complete

1 hour


September 28, 2016


June 9, 2017
This module is part of the Essentials learning programme where clinical guidance is translated into everyday practice for GPs.

Programme Description

Dr Toni Hazell describes the key changes to the 2016 version of UKMEC. The module outlines what’s new in the guidance, what to do differently in practice, the risk categories associated with using contraception in particular conditions and some new contraceptive options.

Guidance: FSRH. UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC) 2016.

Educational Objectives

After taking this module, GPs and nurses will be better able to:
  • Recall what’s new and what’s relevant to them in the UKMEC 2016 guidance
  • Understand how to use the UKMEC to assess the safety of a particular method of contraception in different circumstances
  • Outline the different UKMEC risk categories associated with smoking
  • Help women in the postnatal period work out their best contraceptive options
  • Advise on the safest contraceptive for use post-bariatric or transplant surgery
  • Explain how to use hormonal contraception effectively after taking ulipristal as emergency contraception
  • Describe the different intrauterine systems currently available
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Toni Hazell


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required