Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. Promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities. WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) provides family planning providers with guidance on helping those living with medical conditions to find a contraceptive method that works for them.
Underuse of modern methods of contraception: underlying causes and consequent undesired pregnancies in 35 low- and middle-income countries
Fifteen million out of 16.7 million undesired pregnancies occurring annually in 35 countries could have been prevented with the optimal use of modern methods of contraception. A new WHO study, published in ‘Human Reproduction’ looks at the underuse of modern methods of contraception in 35 low-and middle-income countries. The study looks at the reasons behind the numbers and aims to identify actions to improve utilization of effective contraceptive methods.
In order to accelerate progress towards attainment of international development goals and targets in sexual and reproductive health, and in particular to contribute to meeting unmet need for contraceptive information and services, WHO has published guidance for policy-makers, programme managers providers and other stakeholders in the health sector on how to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, while services are scaled up to reduce unmet need for contraception