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.

For women in Pakistan, son preference increasingly influences parity progression and contraception choices, though research on the topic is slim.

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…

More women and girls—309.3 million—in 69 focus countries are using modern contraception methods as of July 2017, according to Family Planning 2020’s new progress report.

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.

In 2 years, the birth control app Nurx has spread to 15 states and Washington D.C.   As it reaches conservative states, activists are railing against the “Uber for birth control” for expediting access to morning-after pills like Plan B and Ella.   Nurx allows patients to…

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,…

Midwives are coming to the aid of Rohingya pregnant women and new mothers in local clinics and refugee camps in Bangladesh.   The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that 16% of Rohingya women refugees ages 15–19 are pregnant or new mothers—many of whom fled to Bangladesh…

While some African countries have made strides in prevalence of contraceptive use, Africa still lags the world in access to family planning. According to the 2016 Atlas of African Health Statistics, 24% of married women ages 15-49 have unmet contraceptive needs.