Sterilization: The Standard Choice in India

In many countries, sterilization as a mode of birth control has given way to IUDs and the pill. But in India, where it has a troubled past, it remains the top method of birth control.

The Indian government got behind sterilization since the 1970s, with the support of foreign aid. Today, the procedure is more popular in India than anywhere else in the world, and is becoming more so.

According to the most recent UN figures, in 2015 an average of 19% of married or in-union women used female sterilization as birth control; 14% used the IUD and just 9% used the pill. In India, a whopping 39% turned to female sterilization, up from 34% a decade prior.

Pulitzer Center

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