Contraceptive Use by Method 2019

Data Booklet

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This data booklet highlights estimates of the prevalence of individual contraceptive methods based on the World Contraceptive Use 2019 (which draws from 1,247 surveys for 195 countries or areas of the world) and additional tabulations obtained from microdata sets and survey reports. The estimates are presented for female and male sterilisation, intrauterine device (IUD), implant, injectable, pill, male condom, withdrawal, rhythm and other methods combined.

Sustainable Development Goals:

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Worldwide, 922 million women of reproductive age (or their partners) are contraceptive users

Female sterilisation and male condom are the two most common methods used worldwide

Contraceptive methods most commonly used vary widely by region

The prevalence of sterilisation, IUD and traditional methods has declined worldwide since 1994

Numbers of users of all methods (apart from male sterilisation and rhythm) have increased

In one fifth of Countries, one contraceptive method accounts for half or more of all contraceptive use

Female sterilisation and IUD are highly prevalent in only a handful of countries

The contraceptive pill and male condom are commonly used methods in many countries

Permanent and long-acting methods are more common in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean

Short-acting contraceptive methods are more common in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

Methods designed to be used by women account for most contraceptive use

Methods used by married women are different from those used by unmarried women

Data on the contraceptive method mix have become increasingly available

Key indicators


Definition of Indicators and Contraceptive Methods



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