Population Matters

1 in 4 women have ‘unmet need’

1 in 4 women have ‘unmet need’

Between 2003 and 2012, the proportion of women aged 15–49 in developing countries who wanted to avoid pregnancy increased from 54% to 57%, according to an analysis of data on contraceptive need and use throughout the developing world.1 The number of such women increased by 151 million, though most of the increase (72%) is attributable to population growth. Among women who wished to avoid pregnancy, the proportion who had an unmet need for a modern method of contraception decreased from 29% in 2003 to 26% in 2012. Nonetheless, the proportion remained high in Sub-Saharan Africa (60%), western Asia (50%) and south Asia (34%). The analysis also revealed a shift away from use of the most effective method, sterilization, to greater use of injectables and barrier methods.


Guttmacher report

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