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Contraception By Numbers

  • Unmet needs for contraception exist on a global scale. Defined as the proportion of women who do not want to become pregnant but are not using contraception1, here we see just how pandemic the issue is and highlight the need for a greater understanding of the options available for women.
  • 215 million: The number of women worldwide of reproductive age who want to delay or stop having children and are in need of effective contraception.2
  • Nearly 1 in 5: The proportion of women who choose not to use contraception because they are concerned about the perceived health implications, risks and side effects and find contraception inconvenient to use (19%)2
  • Two thirds: The proportion of women with children in 27 developing countries who have unmet needs for contraception.3
  • An unintended pregnancy is one that is unwanted or mistimed at the time of conception. A woman’s ability to avoid an unintended pregnancy is related to many factors such as her choice of contraceptive methods, the strength of her motivation to avoid pregnancy and her pattern of contraceptive use.4 Unintended pregnancy can have a negative impact on a woman’s health and that of her newborn, and it also imposes a serious personal and financial burden on families and society as a whole.5 Here we see just how prevalent the issue is across the globe.
  • 80 million: The number of unintended pregnancies that occur worldwide a year.6This is more than a third of all pregnancies (38%).6
  • 1 in 5: The number of pregnancies worldwide that end in abortion7
  • 9% versus less than 1%: The approximate rates of unintended pregnancy within the first year amongst women using oral contraceptive pills versus those using long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC).5*
  • A LARC is described as a method of contraception which is non-user dependent, meaning that it is effective for a long period of time and women do not need to remember to take it on a daily basis. The most common LARCs are: intrauterine contraception (IUC), which is inserted into the uterus and lasts from between five and ten years, and the implant. There are two types of IUC: the hormonal intrauterine system (IUS) and the intrauterine device (IUD). LARCs are routinely prescribed for women who require the convenience of non-daily contraception and offer a complete return to fertility upon removal.
  • 80% long acting versus 53% short acting: The proportion of women who are satisfied and are using a LARC method, compared with those using short acting methods such as contraceptive pills, rings and patches.9
  • 81%: Research suggests that a higher proportion of women (81%) continue to use a LARC method after one year compared with short acting methods.5
  • Over a third: The proportion of healthcare professionals or their partners* who are currently using contraception use intrauterine contraception (IUC) (37%).10

Contraception and unmet need

Unmet needs for contraception exist on a global scale. Defined as the proportion of women who do not want to become pregnant but are not using contraception1, here we see just how pandemic the issue is and highlight the need for a greater understanding of the options available for women.

Contraception and unmet need
References:2,3

Unplanned and unintended pregnancy

An unintended pregnancy is one that is unwanted or mistimed at the time of conception. A woman’s ability to avoid an unintended pregnancy is related to many factors such as her choice of contraceptive methods, the strength of her motivation to avoid pregnancy and her pattern of contraceptive use.4 Unintended pregnancy can have a negative impact on a woman’s health and that of her newborn, and it also imposes a serious personal and financial burden on families and society as a whole.5 Here we see just how prevalent the issue is across the globe.

Contraception and unmet need
References:5,6,7,8

Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), use and satisfaction

A LARC is described as a method of contraception which is non-user dependent, meaning that it is effective for a long period of time and women do not need to remember to take it on a daily basis. The most common LARCs are: intrauterine contraception (IUC), which is inserted into the uterus and lasts from between five and ten years, and the implant. There are two types of IUC: the hormonal intrauterine system (IUS) and the intrauterine device (IUD). LARCs are routinely prescribed for women who require the convenience of non-daily contraception and offer a complete return to fertility upon removal.

Contraception and unmet need
References:5,9,10