Global | Contraception

Costs and Benefits

Focusing on developing countries—and the poorest countries, in particular—the Guttmacher Institute calculates the global, regional and country-level health costs associated with unmet need for contraception and the public health and economic benefits of meeting women’s contraceptive needs. 

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In low and middle-income countries, the poorest women typically are at greatest risk of experiencing serious complications from unsafe abortion. They are least likely to have access to high-quality family planning services, safe abortion procedures and postabortion care when they need treatment for complications.