When it comes to contraceptives, having choices is key.
More than 220 million women around the world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern methods of contraception.
, from family disapproval, to fear of side effects, to infrequent sex. Increasing access to multiple contraceptive options can allay some of these barriers.
Without multiple options, a woman who is dissatisfied with her current method may stop using contraception completely. With more choices, she can switch to another method and have the support she needs to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
Family planning is important not only for women’s health and empowerment, but it also helps reduce pervasive poverty and environmental degradation, and contributes to our goal of an AIDS-free generation. , family planning has the potential to reduce maternal deaths by one-third and reduce newborn, infant, and child deaths by 10 percent.