Every
woman is
at risk

An unmarried woman or girl with an unplanned pregnancy is often seen as having “loose morals”, or dismissed as “irresponsible.”

For many the shame attaches not just to her, but to her family as well.

What about married women with unintended pregnancies?

People too often assume they want to get pregnant, or that they are, at least, able to handle it. This is an erasure of their desires and choices.

But the Truth is:

But the Truth is:

Most first teenage pregnancies actually happen while a girl is married or in a relationship; many of these pregnancies are self-reported as intended.

Most first teenage pregnancies actually happen while a girl is married or in a relationship; many of these pregnancies are self-reported as intended.

Married women, mid-life women, even perimenopausal women, experience unintended pregnancies with alarming frequency.

Married women, mid-life women, even perimenopausal women, experience unintended pregnancies with alarming frequency.

Every form of modern contraceptive has a failure rate.

Every form of modern contraceptive has a failure rate.

LGBTI people face similar, sometimes even greater, risk of unintended pregnancy.

LGBTI people face similar, sometimes even greater, risk of unintended pregnancy.

Many women are unable to obtain forms of contraception that work for their bodies and circumstances, if they have access to contraceptives at all.

Many women are unable to obtain forms of contraception that work for their bodies and circumstances, if they have access to contraceptives at all.

In every corner of the world, social pressures, sexual violence and coercion are disturbingly ubiquitous.

In every corner of the world, social pressures, sexual violence and coercion are disturbingly ubiquitous.

Reproductive coercion (n)

Behaviour that actively interferes with a person’s reproductive autonomy, including contraceptive sabotage, stealthing, forced abortion or preventing a desired abortion.

a form of intimate
partner violence

could also be committed by family members or others

Yes, but my partner and I used the withdrawal method. Jordan, 29 years old

Yes. I personally don't like using condoms, especially when I am not familiar with the brand or type. Country unlisted, 24 years old

Yes, but we had looked for contraception and it was not accessible, so we used emergency contraception. Uganda, 35 years old

Yes. Because of a lack of access to contraception, plus in some cases from my partner’s pressure. Sudan, 31 years old

Yes, due to lack of access to contraception. Trinidad and Tobago, 65 years old

No, I always used a condom together with another method, even when married. Brazil, 46 years old

Yes. India, 62 years old

Yes. Uganda, 46 years old

Rarely, when condoms are not at hand and I have run out of birth control pills. USA, 30 years old

Yes, but we used the withdrawal method. Nigeria, 37 years old

Yes. Tajikistan, 30 years old

Note: An informal questionnaire elicited about 60 responses from nearly 30 countries at the end of 2021. Responses here have been excerpted and edited for clarity.

Every woman, and some people who do not identify as women, is at risk of an unintended pregnancy.

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