Unmet contraception needs for in-union women globally 1990-2015, by region

This statistic shows the rates of in-union women that have an unmet need for modern contraceptives worldwide from 1990-2015, by region. According to the data, in Africa, 26 out of every 1,000 women in-union have an unmet need for contraceptives.

Percentage of women globally that are in-union and have an unmet need for modern contraception from 1990-2015, by region*

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Release date

March 2018



Survey time period

1990 to 2014

Age group

15-44 years

Supplementary notes

* "In-union women have unmet need for a modern method if they are able to conceive and want to postpone pregnancy for at least two years, but are using a traditional contraceptive method or are not using any method. Modern methods include female and male sterilization, pills, IUDs, male and female condoms, injectables, implants, vaginal barrier methods and emergency contraception; traditional methods include rhythm (periodic abstinence), withdrawal, lactational amenorrhoea method (LAM) and folk methods."

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