by Ann Biddlecom, Vladimíra Kantorová, Stephen Kisambira et al.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 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. However, contraceptive use was much lower in the least developed countries (40 per cent) and was particularly low in Africa (33 per cent). At least one in ten married or in-union women in most regions of the world has an unmet need for family planning. Substantial gaps still persist in the use of modern methods among couples who want to prevent pregnancy. High levels of contraceptive prevalence reflect different mixtures of methods, but long-acting or permanent methods play a prominent role.