This Guidance provides information for clinicians and women considering the use of contraception outside the terms of the product licence. A key to the grades of recommendations, based on levels of evidence, is given at the end of this document. Details of the methods used by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) in developing this Guidance and evidence tables summarising the research basis of the recommendations are available on the Faculty website (www.ffprhc.org.uk). Abbreviations (in alphabetical order) used include: CEU, Clinical Effectiveness Unit; COC, combined oral contraception/contraceptive; DMPA, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate; ENG, etonogestrel; IUD, copper-bearing intrauterine contraceptive device; LNG-IUS, levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system; NET-EN, norethisterone enantate; PGD, Patient Group Direction; PIL, Patient Information Leaflet; POC, progestogen-only contraception/contraceptive; POEC, progestogen-only emergency contraception; POP, progestogen-only pill; RCT, randomised controlled trial; SPC, Summary of Product Characteristics; UPSI, unprotected sexual intercourse; WHO, World Health Organization; WHOMEC, WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use; WHOSPR, WHO Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use.
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