Prevalence of birth control

Percentage of women using modern contraception as of 2010.

Globally approximately 45% of those who are married and able to have children use contraception. As of 2007, IUDs were used by about 17% of women of child bearing age in developing countries and 9% in developed countries or more than 180:million women worldwide. Avoiding sex when fertile is used by about 3.6% of women of childbearing age, with usage as high as 20% in areas of South America. As of 2005, 12% of couples are using a male form of contraception (either condoms or a vasectomy) with rates of up to 30% in the developed world.

As of 2012, 57% of women of child bearing age wanted to avoid pregnancy (867 of 1520:million). About 222 million women however were not able to access birth control, 53:million of whom were in sub-Saharan Africa and 97:million of whom were in Asia. Many countries limit access to birth control due to the religious and political reasons.



Main article: Birth control in Africa

Contraceptive use among women in Sub-Saharan Africa has risen from about 5% in 1991 to about 30% in 2006. However, due to extreme poverty, lack of access to birth control, and restrictive abortion laws, many women still resort to clandestine abortion providers for unintended pregnancy, resulting in about 3% obtaining unsafe abortions each year. South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe have successful family planning programs, but other central and southern African countries continue to encounter extreme difficulties in achieving higher contraceptive prevalence and lower fertility for a wide variety of compounding reasons.


The Red Triangle is used to indicate family planning products and services in many developing countries

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