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Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 (GBD 2019) Contraceptive Prevalence Estimates 1970-2019


General Info
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1970 - 12/2019
Series or system 
Data type

Annual estimates of contraceptive use and need for family planning were produced for 204 countries and territories from 1970–2019. Data used came from cross-sectional surveys that sampled women ages 15-49 in which respondents self-reported contraceptive use. This dataset includes annual estimates by location, age group, and marital status for any and modern contraceptive prevalence, unmet need for any contraception, and demand satisfied with modern methods. Additionally, prevalence was estimated for 15 contraceptive methods. If a women reported using more than one method, only the most effective method was counted. Due to small sample sizes of partnered and unpartnered women in some locations, only all age and age-standardized estimates (ages 15-49) are provided with marital breakdowns.