Unmet need for family planning
Unmet need is especially high among groups such as.
- Urban slum dwellers
- Women in the postpartum period
Women with unmet need are those who are fecund and sexually active but are not using any method of contraception, and report not wanting any more children or wanting to delay the next child. The concept of unmet need points to the gap between women's reproductive intentions and their contraceptive behaviour.
For MDG monitoring, unmet need is expressed as a percentage based on women who are married or in a consensual union.