Women with an Unmet Need for Contraception in Developing Countries and Their Reasons for Not Using a Method

Publication Date: July 2007

Publisher: Guttmacher Institute

Author(s): Gilda Sedgh; Rubina Hussain; Akinrinola Bankole; Susheela Singh

Research Area: Health; Population and demographics

Type: Report


The concept of unmet need for contraception has been central to international family planning efforts for decades, and it is perhaps more relevant to programs now than ever. This report provides a review of the literature addressing the measurement of unmet need, the obstacles faced by women with unmet need and the potential impact of meeting unmet need.