This guideline covers contraceptive services for under-25s. It aims to ensure all under-25s are given advice and information on all types of contraception. This includes additional tailored support to meet the particular needs and choices of those who are socially disadvantaged or who may find it difficult to use these services.
NICE has also produced guidelines on long-acting reversible contraception, looked after children and preventing sexually transmitted infections and under 18 conceptions.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- assessing local need and commissioning coordinated and comprehensive services
- tailoring services for socially disadvantaged young people
- ensuring young people understand that everything will be kept confidential
- providing contraceptive services after pregnancy and abortion
- providing condoms in addition to other methods of contraception
- providing school and education-based contraceptive services
Who is it for?
- Commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, contraceptive services
- Young people, their parents and carers and other members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
Next review: 2017
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called contraceptive services with a focus on young people up to the age of 25.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.