Share of women worldwide using various contraceptive methods in 2019

Percentage of women of reproductive age worldwide using various contraceptive methods 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

"Traditional methods of contraception:
Rhythm (calendar) method: Women monitor their pattern of menstrual cycle (includes fertility awareness-based methods, periodic abstinence). Withdrawal (coitus interruptus): Man withdraws his penis from his partner’s vagina and ejaculates outside the vagina, keeping semen away from her external genitalia.
Other methods:
For the purpose of this data booklet, these include modern methods such as female condoms, vaginal barrier methods (including the diaphragm, cervical cap and spermicidal foam, jelly, cream and sponge), the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM), emergency contraception and other modern methods (e.g., the contraceptive patch or vaginal ring), and traditional methods such as douching, prolonged abstinence, gris-gris, incantation, medicinal plants, abdominal massage and other local methods."

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