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.
World Contraceptive Use is a comparable and up-to-date set of national data on contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning for almost all countries and areas of the world, and a concise profile of current levels of contraceptive prevalence, overall and by specific method, is published separately in a wall chart. Global and regional analyses are available in the recurrent series Levels and Trends of Contraceptive Use. Global, regional and country analyses are also available in expert group meetings and panels, reports and informative briefs noted below.
- World Contraceptive Patterns 2013 (wall chart)
- Population Facts No. 2010/1, January 2010 - Speeding Progress on the Millennium Development Goals
- 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)
- Expert Panel on Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development - December 2010, New York