Family planning

Population and family planning

Modern contraception has played a key role in decreasing global fertility rates (the total number of children per woman). Having the freedom to choose if, when and how many children to have has enabled women in high-income countries to pursue education and career opportunities that were previously inaccessible.

Unfortunately, the majority of women still have insufficient control over their fertility and their lives. More than 230 million women in developing nations who wish to avoid pregnancy are currently unable to because they are not using modern birth control. Barriers to family planning include lack of access, cost, misinformation, and patriarchal religious and cultural norms.

Read our latest news stories and blog posts about family planning.

Biden 2020 flag
10 November 2020

Biden’s victory: What does it mean for women’s rights and the environment?

Aubergine with lemons
22 October 2020

Birth control: where are the male options?


Population Matters Magazine - Autumn 2020

David Attenborough on Easter Island
7 October 2020

Attenborough film: Saving our planet requires ending population growth

Population Matters campaigners in New York
24 September 2020

PM supporters call for UN action


The Unmet Contraceptive Needs of Women and Girls - 2020

Contraceptive pills
22 September 2020

Reproductive Healthcare: The Missing Link

Sanghamitra Singh
21 September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on women’s reproductive health in India: Safeguarding women’s rights

14 September 2020

Relationships & Sex Education: Teach Everyone Every Aspect

7 September 2020

The Kibra youths protecting their communities and environment

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