In a comprehensive survey of contraceptive use globally, based on data from 1247 surveys from 195 countries, the United Nations estimated that, as of 2019, 922 million reproductive-age women (or their partners) are contraceptive users, out of a total 1.9 billion women of reproductive age. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of contraceptive users are from the developed world. The most common form of contraception is female sterilisation, used by roughly 219 million women. Only three other contraceptive methods are estimated to have 100 million users worldwide, namely male condoms (189 million), intrauterine devices (159 million) and the pill (151 million).  

The variety of available contraceptive methods has considerably increased over recent years. However, not all of the available methods are appropriate for all women [Image: Shutterstock].

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