High contraceptive discontinuation results in millions of women having an unmet need for contraception. This Population Council study using data from 36 Demographic and Health Surveys shows that contraceptive discontinuation also results in millions of unintended pregnancies and births. This brief recommends attention to issues related to quality of care, such as counseling, to ensure that each woman has the method she needs/wants and uses it correctly. This will help women avoid contraceptive discontinuation and associated unmet need and unintended fertility right from the beginning. As programs become more successful, quality of care will become key to expanding contraceptive use and reducing unintended births. At the same time, maternal health programs should provide pre-pregnancy services to enable women to become pregnant effectively and safely.
"Contribution of contraceptive discontinuation to unintended births in 36 developing countries," Policy brief. New York: Population Council, 2017.
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