Full text NHG Guideline on Contraception (pdf)

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The Guideline Contraception provides recommendations for the general practitioner to inform women and men about the various contraceptive methods and to advise them in decision making.

The following contraceptive methods are discussed in the guideline: hormonal contraception, intrauterine devices (IUDs), permanent contraception and other methods (lactation amenorrhoea methods , barrier methods, natural methods). In addition, the guideline provides recommendations about emergency contraception.

The guideline also includes sections on monitoring of the contraceptive method and referral criteria.


The guideline program of the College is designed for GPs in the context of the Dutch healthcare system. It makes no warranties concerning the efficacy of the guidelines used in other countries. The information is for educational and/or professional use only and is provided in good faith without any express or implied warranty. The College does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by use of the information contained on the website nor from any access to the website. All access and use is at the risk of the end-user.

Additional information


Anke Brand, Anita Bruinsma, Kitty van Groeningen, Sandra Kalmijn, Ineke Kardolus, Monique Peerden, Rob Smeenk, Suzy de Swart, Miranda Kurver, Lex Goudswaard



Revision Date

December 2011