As attitudes to contraception shift in India, they must contend with the realities of joint-family households. In Jharkhand, government-initiated Sammelan meetings open lines of communication between couples and their in-laws, highlighting issues like spacing out births and…

Pernicious myths about contraception—that they render women sterile or cause uterine swelling—must be dismantled to address Uganda’s teen pregnancy crisis, writes Suzanne Moore on World Contraception Day.   Sex education is also critical, considering that a quarter of…

Most contraception reports focus on surveying women, but to get the full picture of spousal communication on contraception and contraceptive use, it’s crucial to incorporate men to prevent bias.

Beyond condoms, male birth control may seem the stuff of contraceptive mythology. But research shows that men do want more birth control options—but the science is lagging, and getting new methods approved is a slog. The potential risks involved in pregnancy mean…

World leaders recognized family planning as a human right 50 years ago, but 214 million women still lack safe and effective family planning.  

The world’s most effective birth control method—long-acting reversible contraception—is also the world’s least-used common method.   Long-lasting IUDs work 99% of the time. Compare that to the pill, which fails for 9 out of 100 women. But newer, safer LARCs have had trouble…

Meeting the unmet need for contraception could reap huge economic rewards by 2030, according to an analysis of the potential benefits of reaching the FP2020 and SDG family planning targets. India could save $89.7 billion. Nigeria, $12.9 billion.

A behemoth data analysis published in the Lancet takes a worldwide snapshot of a nebulous issue: unintended pregnancies.The ambitious study gathered data on abortion rates and surveys of women on unintended pregnancies, published by the UN Population Division and other…

US women may lose access to certain birth control methods as the Trump administration plans to prioritize funding for abstinence-based programs and natural family planning.

Around the world, from Asia to Africa, tens of millions of women have gained access to contraception in the past 5 years, making it possible for them to avoid unsafe abortions, unintended pregnancies and maternal deaths. This progress, reported last month by Family Planning…