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.

Liberian school girl
5 March 2020

UN report: World still largely hostile to girls

African women carrying baskets
27 February 2020

Family planning services still falling behind population growth

4 February 2020

Which European countries spend the most on global family planning?

Chris Packham
17 January 2020

Chris Packham: we need to talk about population


Reproductive health, family planning & ethics - case studies from Honduras, Thailand & Tanzania

Thai mother and baby Robin Maynard and Lagos media, World Population Day 2019
23 December 2019

2019 Year in Review

Kenyan woman with baby
28 November 2019

Unmet needs: conversations with the women left behind


Population Matters Magazine Autumn 2019

Nairobi traffic
11 November 2019

Time to talk population again

Florence with kids
4 November 2019

Cracking knuckles and counting kids

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