These guidelines replace previous documents issued in 2001 and 2003. The country’s new guidelines include expanded contraception options, introducing the long-acting hormonal contraceptive implant Implanon Nxt.
The guidelines also seek to increase demand for other previously available but unpopular contraceptive choices such as the copper intrauterine device and the female condom.
Released in two documents, the new policy also caters for the needs of various groups, including women living with HIV, migrants, sex workers and same-sex couples.
The Department of Health advises that the documents below be read in tandem and treated as complimentary resources.
Download South Africa’s latest contraception and family planning guidelines: