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Chapter

  • Chapter 1 - Combined Oral Contraceptives

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 2 - Progestin-Only Pills

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 3 - Emergency Contraceptive Pills

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 4 - Progestin-Only Injectables

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 5 - Monthly Injectables

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 6 - Combined Patch: Only the Essentials

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 7 - Combined Vaginal Ring: Only the Essentials

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 8 - Implants

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 9 - Copper-Bearing Intrauterine Device

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 10 - Levonorgestrel Intrauterine Device: Only the Essentials

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 11 - Female Sterilization

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 12 - Vasectomy

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 13 - Male Condoms

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 14 - Female Condoms

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 15 - Spermicides and Diaphragms

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 16 - Cervical Caps: Only the Essentials

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 17 - Fertility Awareness Methods

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 18 - Withdrawal: Only the Essentials

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 19 - Lactational Amenorrhea Method

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 20 - Serving Diverse Groups

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 21 - Sexually Transmitted Infections, Including HIV

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 22 - Maternal and Newborn Health

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 23 - Reproductive Health Issues

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Chapter 24 - Family Planning Provision

    Individual chapter of the Handbook.

  • Appendix A - Contraceptive Effectiveness

    Rates of Unintended Pregnancies per 100 Women.

  • Appendix B - Signs and Symptoms of Serious Health Conditions

    This appendix lists signs and symptoms of some serious health conditions. These conditions are mentioned under Health Risks or Managing Any Problems in the chapters on contraceptive methods.

  • Appendix C - Medical Conditions That Make Pregnancy Especially Risky

    Some common medical conditions make pregnancy riskier to a woman’s health. The effectiveness of her contraceptive method thus has special importance.

  • Appendix D - Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use

    The table on the following pages summarizes the World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria for using contraceptive methods. These criteria are the basis for the Medical Eligibility Criteria checklists in Chapters 1 through 19.

Handbook

  • Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers - English

    Developed collaboratively for clinic-based healthcare providers in developing countries, the Global Handbook offers the latest guidance on providing contraceptive methods. For additional information, please visit our About page. (2011 edition)

Job Aids

  • A Guide to Family Planning for Community Health Workers and Their Clients

    This flip-chart is a tool to use during family planning counseling or in group sessions with clients. It can help your clients choose and use the method of family planning that suits them best;give you the information you need for high-quality and effective family planning counseling and care; and help you know who may need referral.

  • Community Health Workers Providing Family Planning

    A one-page sheet summarizing the benefits that result from training community health workers to provide family planning services.

  • Comparing Combined Methods

    A chart to compare combined oral contraceptives, monthly injectables, combined patch, and combined vaginal ring as possible methods of contraception.

  • Comparing Condoms

    A chart to explain the similarities and differences between male and female condoms as contraceptive methods.

  • Comparing Implants

    A chart to compare 4 different times of implants for their use as contraception.

  • Comparing Injectables

    A chart to describe basic similarities and differences between 3 different times of injectable contraception.

  • Comparing IUDs

    A chart to compare Copper-bearing IUDs and Levonorgestrel IUDS as contraception methods.

  • Correctly Using a Male Condom

    A diagram to explain the steps for the correct use of a male condom.

  • Facts for Family Planning

    Facts for Family Planning provides key information for those who communicate about voluntary family planning and reproductive health in developing country settings. This book is designed to help in developing materials and messages about family planning. Learn more.

  • Female Anatomy and the Menstrual Cycle

    Diagrams and descriptions for the female anatomy and detailing the phases of the menstual cycle.

  • Hormonal Methods - Key Facts

    This one-page sheet presents important details about hormonal methods, including effectiveness, when to start, and correcting mistakes.

  • Identifying Migraine Headaches and Auras

    Advice and tips on identifying migraine headaches and/or auras in women and how it relates to choosing a contraceptive method.

  • Male Anatomy

    A diagram with descriptions of male anatomy.

Supplements and Major Changes

  • Summary of Major Changes from 2008 and 2011 Updates - English

    Presents new or revised guidance on contraceptive choice and use and other developments in family planning methods since the Handbook was published in 2007.

Wall Chart

  • Wall Chart - English

    Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?, also called the Family Planning Wall Chart, was adapted from the Handbook and contains key information for clients about contraceptive methods and options.