Unmet Need for Contraception in Developing Countries: Examining Women’s Reasons for Not Using a Method

This report began by describing women’s desire for children, contraceptive use and levels of unmet need in 52 countries that had the demographic and health surveys between 2005 and 2014 and for which data were available at the time of this analysis. It then focus on the reasons women give for not using contraceptives despite wanting to avoid a pregnancy. Data are provided for both married and sexually active never-married women, and also highlight the situation of young women aged 15–24, married and not.
The report also discuss trends in the proportions of married women giving specific reasons for nonuse, by examining countries that have had multiple surveys since 2000 with comparable data on reasons for nonuse. Through these analyses, this report can inform policymakers, program managers and donor agencies on how programs can respond most effectively to meet women’s contraceptive needs. The implications of the report’s findings and recommendations are outlined in the last section.