These conditions are category 1 and 2 for all methods (method can be used)
Benign breast disease or undiagnosed mass – Benign ovarian tumours, including cysts – Dysmenorrhoea – Endometriosis – History of gestational diabetes – History of high blood pressure during pregnancy – History of pelvic surgery, including caesarean delivery – Irregular, heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding (explained) – Past ectopic pregnancy – Past pelvic inflammatory disease – Post-abortion (no sepsis) – Postpartum – 6 months
Depression – Epilepsy – HIV asymptomatic or mild clinical disease (WHO Stage 1 or 2) – Iron-deficiency anaemia, sickle-cell disease and thalassaemia – Malaria – Mild cirrhosis – Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) – Superficial venous disorders, including varicose veins – Thyroid disorders – Tuberculosis (non-pelvic) – Uncomplicated valvular heart disease – Viral hepatitis (carrier or chronic)
Adolescents – Breast cancer family history – Venous thromboembolism (VTE) family history – High risk for HIV – Surgery without prolonged immobilization – Taking antibiotics (excluding rifampicin/rifabutin)
With few exceptions, all women can safely use emergency contraception, barrier and behavioural methods of contraception, including lactational amenorrhoea method; for the complete list of recommendations, please see the full MEC document.