Sexual and reproductive health

Contraceptive prevalence

A couple receiving counselling on safe sex and family planning, Turkey.
A couple receiving counselling on safe sex and family planning, Turkey.
UNFPA/Don Hinrichsen

Definition

Contraceptive prevalence is the percentage of women who are currently using, or whose sexual partner is currently using, at least one method of contraception, regardless of the method used. It is usually reported for married or in-union women aged 15 to 49.

Contraceptive use and unmet need for family planning are key to understanding profound changes in fertility and to improving reproductive health worldwide.

 

World Contraceptive data

  • 2015 update
    This report of the United Nations Population Division presents a concise, descriptive analysis of levels and trends in key family planning indicators from Model-based Estimates and Projections of Family Planning Indicators 2015 and the data set World Contraceptive Use 2015, representing 195 countries or areas.
  • MDG database
    The MDG database includes regional and global estimates as well as information about data sources, methods of computation, data availability and other details.

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