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.


Human population and the convention on biodiversity - briefing 2019

16 October 2019

Scientists call for improving contraceptive use to fight climate change

African school kids
8 October 2019

High population density hurts child health, study finds

Girl in field
3 September 2019

The most powerful action to save the planet is the most neglected one

Harry & Meghan
1 August 2019

A limit on royal babies? Prince Harry thinks small families are best, public agrees

WPD New York
17 July 2019

Going global on World Population Day

SDGs what's missing
9 July 2019

Sustainable development needs sustainable population

4 July 2019

Human population density main driver of nature loss in Africa

27 June 2019

Condoms cut carbon - Population Matters at the Mass Climate Lobby

Ugandan women at clinic
7 June 2019

Trump’s Global Gag Rule is killing people

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