Barriers to uptake and use of modern methods of contraception in developing countries

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1999 Jun;65(3):287-94. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7292(99)00052-1.


As the next millennium approaches, the current world population of 5.9 billion will continue to increase by 81 million per year -- 93% of which will come from the developing countries. Poor uptake and utilisation of various modern methods of contraception in the developing countries is mainly responsible. In this article, we identify various barriers responsible for the low prevalence of contraceptive uptake in these countries and suggest how these barriers may be eliminated. We conclude that by increasing contraceptive availability and utilisation, population explosion can be significantly controlled.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraception / methods
  • Contraception / statistics & numerical data*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Population Control / methods*
  • Population Control / trends
  • Risk Factors