While access to contraceptives is a major problem globally, two more significant reasons for them not being used are a dearth of options and information, a new study
by the Guttmacher Institute reveals.
Only 5% of women across 52 countries cited access as the reason for not using contraceptives, while half cited health concerns and infrequent sex, according to data collected between 2005 and 2014 in 32 African countries, 13 Asian countries and 7 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Providers should ensure that all women—married and unmarried—are able to choose from a wide range of contraceptive options so that they can select a method that best suits their needs. It is equally crucial that women are given the opportunity to switch methods if the first contraceptive they try doesn’t end up working for them,” said Gilda Sedgh, lead author.