Contraceptive choices for women with diabetes

Individualising options, with risks and benefits explained, is of most assistance

Having diabetes should not prevent most women from accessing a large range of contraceptive options.


Advising women with pre-existing medical conditions as to the contraceptive method most likely to suit their needs can present some additional clinical challenges for GPs.

The publication, Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC), developed by both the WHO and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in the UK, provides invaluable evidence-based contraceptive guidelines for women with more complex medical conditions.1,2