Contraceptive use and unmet need for family planning are key to understanding profound changes in fertility and to improving reproductive health worldwide. Family planning is also at the core of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, where couples and individuals have the right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to do so. The Population Division produces estimates, compilations and analyses of family planning levels and trends and assesses Government concern and policies related to contraceptive use.
Comprehensive data, estimates and projections, and analyses are available in the following data sets, reports, briefs and infocharts.
Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide 2015 (report)
- Annex tables
- World Contraceptive Patterns 2015 (infochart)
- Population Facts No. 2014/6, December 2014 - Population growth and universal access to reproductive health
- Technical Paper No. 2014/1 - The Correspondence between Projected Total Fertility and Contraceptive Prevalence Using the Proximate Determinants Framework
- National, regional, and global rates and trends in contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning between 1990 and 2015: a systematic and comprehensive analysis
- Article free of charge with registration
- Technical webappendix (author version)
- World Contraceptive Use 2016
Model-based Estimates and Projections of Family Planning Indicators 2016