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Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide 2015

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Comprehensive and timely estimates on global trends in family planning are critical for assessing current and future contraceptive demand and setting policy priorities to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and the realization of reproductive rights. This report presents a concise, descriptive analysis of levels and trends in key family planning indicators from Model-based Estimates and Projections of Family Planning Indicators 2015 and the data set World Contraceptive Use 2015, representing 195 countries or areas. The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat provides regular updates of the estimates and projections of family planning indicators as part of its contribution to global monitoring of progress on internationally-agreed targets to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health.

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Contraceptive use and demand for family planning in 2015

Contraceptives are used by the majority of married or in-union women in almost all regions of the world. In 2015, 64 per cent of married or in-union women of reproductive age worldwide were using some form of contraception (figure 3, dark bars). However, contraceptive use was much lower in the least developed countries1 (40 per cent) and was particularly low in Africa (33 per cent). Among the other major geographic areas, contraceptive use was much higher in 2015, ranging from 59 per cent in Oceania to 75 per cent in Northern America.

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