WHO statement on levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device nomenclature

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Colleagues


Please see the statement below from WHO regarding nomenclature for levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine devices.



WHO statement on levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device nomenclature


Several acronyms are in use to describe the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device, a widely used long-term reversible contraceptive (LARC) method. These acronyms include ‘LNG-IUD’, ‘Hormonal-IUD’, and ‘LNG-IUS’. The purpose of this document is to align these various terminologies in their use so countries are consistent when developing Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), ministry of health policy and programmatic documentation, training guidelines, and other family planning documents at all levels of service provision.

It is important to select and align a single term. Consistency in contraceptive nomenclature supports country-level efforts to introduce different methods and help ensure adequate supplies. 


The details to the document are in the links provided below:

The publication is now online in IRIS at: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/340378/9789240021730-eng.pdf


Item description: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/340378


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Best regards



Moazzam Ali MBBS, PhD, MPH | Epidemiologist. Medical Officer | UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) | WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research | World Health Organization. Avenue Appia 20, Geneva 27, CH-1211 Switzerland | Tel: +41 (22) 791.3442  |  Mobile +41 (79) 477 0431 |  E-mail: alimoa@...   | Personal profile | Moazzam’s ORCID | Moazzam’s PubMed | Website: www.who.int/reproductivehealth




Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...




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