Access to contraceptive methods and prevalence of use

J Biosoc Sci. 2013 Nov;45(6):761-78. doi: 10.1017/S0021932012000715. Epub 2012 Nov 15.


Survey data on contraceptive use for about 80 countries are related to measures of contraceptive access, by method, from 1999 to 2009. Cross-tabulation and correlational methods are employed, with geographic comparisons and time trends. Total prevalence of use for five modern contraceptive methods correlates well to a variety of access measures. Greater access is also accompanied by a better balance among methods for both access and use. Sub-Saharan African countries show similar patterns though at lower levels. Improved access to multiple methods is consistently associated with higher levels of contraceptive use.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraception / psychology
  • Contraception / statistics & numerical data
  • Contraception Behavior / ethnology*
  • Contraception Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice / ethnology*
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Young Adult