Sexual and reproductive health

WHO issues statements on use of reversible hormonal contraception

A family planning client displays her contraceptive implant insertion site during a control visit, CambodiaA family planning client displays her contraceptive implant insertion site.
Photoshare/Marcel Reyners

21 October 2015: WHO has issued two statements which address concerns about the use of two different hormonal contraceptives: Progestogen-only implants and depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA).

Expanding access to contraception

Smiling parents on door step with their two children, South Africa.
WHO/Jim Daniels

26 September 2015: WORLD CONTRACEPTION DAY - Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. Promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities. WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) provides family planning providers with guidance on helping those living with medical conditions to find a contraceptive method that works for them.

Underuse of modern methods of contraception: underlying causes and consequent undesired pregnancies in 35 low- and middle-income countries

A doctor explains contraceptives to a young girl, Mongolia.
UNFPA/Andrew Cullen

Fifteen million out of 16.7 million undesired pregnancies occurring annually in 35 countries could have been prevented with the optimal use of modern methods of contraception. A new WHO study, published in ‘Human Reproduction’ looks at the underuse of modern methods of contraception in 35 low-and middle-income countries. The study looks at the reasons behind the numbers and aims to identify actions to improve utilization of effective contraceptive methods.

Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

In order to accelerate progress towards attainment of international development goals and targets in sexual and reproductive health, and in particular to contribute to meeting unmet need for contraceptive information and services, WHO has published guidance for policy-makers, programme managers providers and other stakeholders in the health sector on how to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, while services are scaled up to reduce unmet need for contraception

Contraception / Family planning

Publications and journal articles

Guidelines, research, policy and programmatic briefs, evidence

Online curriculum components and tools to deliver family planning training

The tools can be used by facilitators and curriculum developers to design, implement and evaluate high-quality training and education in FP/RH. The development has been by led by WHO, UNFPA, USAID and other partners and agencies.

  • TRP site
    Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP)