Number of women worldwide using contraceptives or with an unmet need 2019

Number of women of reproductive age worldwide using modern or traditional contraceptive methods or with an unmet need for contraceptives in 2019*

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period


Age group

15-49 years

Supplementary notes

Based on data from 1,247 surveys for 195 countries or areas of the world and additional tabulations obtained from microdata and survey reports.

* Reproductive age = 15-49 years

** Women who want to avoid pregnancy and do not use any contraceptive method are considered to have an unmet need for family planning, which is defined as the number of women that want to stop or delay childbearing but are not using any method of contraception to prevent pregnancy, including also pregnant women whose pregnancies were unwanted or mistimed at the time of conception, and postpartum amenorrhoeic women who are not using family planning and whose last birth was unwanted or mistimed.

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