Contraceptive use increases in developing countries

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:919
  1. Josh Hamilton
  1. New York

    Between the mid-1960s and 1990 the percentage of couples in the developing world using contraception went up from an average of 9% to 53%, according to data from the United States.

    The report Levels and Trends of Contraceptive Use as Assessed in 1994 covers 119 countries and about 90% of the world's population. Contraceptive use is widely accepted as the single greatest factor in recent decline in fertility rates …

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