Checklist for Screening Clients Who Want to Initiate Combined Oral Contraceptives
Based on the most recent version of the World Health Organization’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, this simple checklist can help both clinical and nonclinical health workers (including community health workers) screen women who have made an informed decision to use combined oral contraceptives. It consists of 17 questions that providers can ask a client to identify medical conditions that would prevent safe use of the pills or require further screening. The checklist also helps providers determine whether a woman may be pregnant. Guidance and directions, based on the woman’s answers to the 17 questions, are included with the checklist.