Sexual and reproductive health

Contraception: past, present and future and why it matters

Photo montage showing different contraceptive methods

26 September 2016: World contraception day - Over the past 25 years, considerable progress has been made in women's sexual and reproductive health, including increases in contraceptive use, spurred by international initiatives promoting access to sexual and reproductive health. Despite the positive global trends, however, there are large differences among and within countries. Over 200 million women worldwide would like to avoid a pregnancy but are not using an effective method of contraception. Reasons for this vary from each country but are related to a lack of supplies, cultural and political barriers and poor quality of services. A set of four videos released today look at some of the issues around contraception’s past present and future and explain why it is important.

Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition in women

A community health worker is providing two women with counseling and family planning information.
Jonathan Torgovnik

August 9 2016: The World Health Organization will convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of HIV acquisition. The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, commissioned by WHO and published today in AIDS.

New WHO tool helps guide contraception choices following childbirth

A health-care provider uses a tool available on her mobile phone during a consultation with a mother and her baby.
HRP/Mark Leong

26 January 2016 | NUSA DUA, INDONESIA - Postpartum women are among those with the greatest unmet need for family planning, yet they often do not receive the services they need to support longer birth intervals or reduce unintended pregnancies and their consequences. To help address this need, WHO has developed a new digital tool to help women access safe contraceptive options in the immediate or extended postpartum period.

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.

Contraception / Family planning

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)



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The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Consortium is composed of 44 partner organizations and is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the family planning/reproductive health community to identify, implement, and scale-up effective practices through sharing knowledge and resources.