With the generous support of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Advocates for Youth is pleased to offer CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Provider materials to help improve the delivery of family planning services for teens in the District of Columbia.
As a health care provider, you play a critical role in helping DC teens reduce their risk for early pregnancy. By encouraging sexually active teens to use contraception effectively and consistently; providing education on different methods, and offering youth-friendly, confidential, and affordable family planning services, you can make a tremendous difference in ensuring that teens have the motivation, information, skills, and services they need to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
- Providing Quality Family Planning Services – Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs
The recommendations define what services should be offered in a family planning visit and gives providers the information they need to improve the quality of family planning services.
- U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (U.S. MEC)
This report focuses on who can safely use specific methods of contraception. It provides recommendations for the safety of contraceptive methods for women with various medical conditions (e.g., hypertension and diabetes) and characteristics.
- The U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use 2013 (U.S. SPR)
This document comprises recommendations that address a select group of common, yet sometimes controversial or complex, issues regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptive methods.
- CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Care Providers
Additional resources are available on the CDC Reproductive Health page.
Free hard copies of all materials; including The U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 and The U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use 2013 manuals are available upon request. Please contact Ebony Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll find these resources helpful when counseling patients about contraceptive choice. We encourage you to share these materials with your colleagues. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ebony Ross, Associate Director, Adolescent Sexual Health Services Division by email at email@example.com.