Prevention of unintended pregnancy is often considered the key outcome of reducing unmet need; it is the basic right of women and couples to become pregnant only when intended. This paper explores this relationship by reviewing the definition and measurement of unintended pregnancy, identifying key trends in its distribution within and between populations, and analyzing the relationship between unintended pregnancy, demand for family planning, and family planning program performance. The determinants and consequences of unintended pregnancy are reviewed to further understand the implications of using it as a policy and programming goal. The paper concludes by reviewing the broader policy context in which unintended pregnancy and unmet need are used and identifies important considerations for the future.
Askew, Ian. 2013. "Unmet need and unintended pregnancy: The bigger picture," IUSSP Working Paper. Nairobi: Population Council.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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