Pregnancy by choice, not by chance
One-hundred seventy-nine governments agreed in 1994 that individuals have the right and should have the means to freely decide whether or when they want to start a family. Yet, an estimated 225 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise that right because they are not using, or have no access to, contraception.
Unmet demand for family planning translates into nearly 60 million unintended pregnancies annually in developing countries.
UNFPA is helping respond to the unmet demand and enabling more women to exercise their right to decide whether, when or how often to become pregnant. Increased access to contraception also leads to fewer abortions and reduces risks to women’s health.
doses of injectable contraceptives
cycles of oral contraceptives
Estimated impact of contraceptives
unintended pregnancies averted
savings in health-care costs