Sexual and reproductive health

Unmet need for family planning


Unmet need is especially high among groups such as.

  • Adolescents
  • Migrant
  • Urban slum dwellers
  • Refugees
  • Women in the postpartum period
India: Woman walking down street in slum with firewood for cooking on her head
The World Bank/John Isaac

Women with unmet need are those who are fecund and sexually active but are not using any method of contraception, and report not wanting any more children or wanting to delay the next child. The concept of unmet need points to the gap between women's reproductive intentions and their contraceptive behaviour.

World contraceptive data

  • 2015 update
    This report of the United Nations Population Division presents a concise, descriptive analysis of levels and trends in key family planning indicators from Model-based Estimates and Projections of Family Planning Indicators 2015 and the data set World Contraceptive Use 2015, representing 195 countries or areas.
  • MDG database
    The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) database includes regional and global estimates as well as information about data sources, methods of computation, data availability and other details.

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