Turning a Corner

New report highlights first ever decline in unmet need for contraception.

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For the first time since records began, unmet need for contraception in developing regions has gone down, says Guttmacher Institute’s new report, Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal Health. Released ahead of the upcoming Family Planning Summit in London, the report highlights how the number of women who want to prevent a pregnancy, but are not using a modern contraceptive method, has dropped from 225 million in 2014 to 214 million today.

As the world population grows, governments, private foundations, civil society organizations and others have struggled to meet the climbing demand for contraception. This new number shows that we may have finally turned a corner—but that there’s still more work to be done. If the world is committed to ending global poverty, reaching everyone with family planning who wants it is the first step. By 2020, there will be more women of reproductive age than ever before, making this goal even more challenging to reach.

To find out more about global investments in contraception and maternal and newborn health, read Guttmacher’s full 2017 report.


Our Global Impact Last Year


women using a MSI
method of contraception


unintended pregnancies


unsafe abortions prevented


pregnancy-related deaths prevented