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A Summary of CDC’s Family Planning Recommendations for Healthcare Providers

Date Enacted: August 2020
Country: United States
Region: North America

Noting that “[d]uring COVID-19, it is critical that access to family planning services remains available while keeping healthcare providers and their patients safe,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued and collected a series of recommendations for healthcare providers for “providing quality family planning services while helping to facilitate access and minimizing in- person contact between patients and providers.” The guidelines suggest, among others, that “[p]roviders may want to consider alternative models for providing services or access to contraception for their patients,” and that “a 1-year supply of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) can be provided or prescribed.”