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…

Online condom distribution aims to curb contraception’s steep decline in India, linked to social stigma around purchasing birth control in public. India is likely to surpass China’s 1.37 billion population in 6 years.

Family dynamics and a dearth of knowledge of—and access to— family planning leave West and Central Africa with some of the world's lowest contraception rates. That is quickly changing in Senegal.   1 in 4 married Senegalese women and girls aged 15-49 now use contraception,…

DKT México, an NGO focused on promoting contraception and preventing HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, is infusing its educational efforts with humor and fun—and finding a receptive teenage audience.

Melinda Gates called on leaders yesterday to prioritize family planning on the global agenda, saying contraceptives are “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known.”Access to birth control improves child health and education prospects because…

Leaders gearing up for tomorrow’s Family Planning Summit in London face a steep challenge to step up family planning efforts as sharp aid cuts threaten progress.