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Women using traditional contraception in Europe 2018, by country

In 2018, Albania had the highest share of women aged 15 to 49 years using traditional contraception, such as periodic abstinence and withdrawal, in Europe with almost 59 percent using this form of contraception. Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina both had relatively high levels of traditional contraception use at 40 and 33.8 percent respectively. Less than one percent use traditional forms of contraception in Belgium and Germany.

Share of women using any traditional* method of contraception in Europe in 2018, by country

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period


Age group

15-49 years

Special properties

Women who are married or in union

Supplementary notes

* Traditional methods of contraception include periodic abstinence (also called the rhythm method), withdrawal, long-term abstinence and prolonged breastfeeding.

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