n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Evidence in family planning and contraception : guest editorial

Volume 25 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1027-9148



Unmet need for contraception remains high in many settings. It is highest among the most vulnerable in society including adolescents, the poor, those living in rural areas, people living with HIV, and other marginalised people. In 2012, an estimated 225 million women had an unmet need for contraception. Unmet need for contraception is defined as when they were at risk of becoming pregnant but did not wish to conceive, and were not using a modern method to prevent pregnancy. In addition to this many women using contraceptives are not satisfied with their method which potentially puts them at risk for discontinuation without replacement with a more acceptable method, leading to unintended pregnancy. Another barrier to use of contraceptives are the denial of choice for potential users with medical problems because of the condition or the fear of side-effects or adverse interaction with other medication taken.

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