The Guttmacher Institute documents the need for, access to and use of contraceptives, as well as the impacts of that use, including the health, economic and social benefits of fulfilling the unmet need for contraception. The Institute’s research and advocacy work addresses the need to support investment in the development of new methods and in high-quality, affordable family planning services that provide access to a full range of methods, comprehensive and accurate information, and effective counseling.

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While most unintended pregnancies are caused by nonuse of contraceptives, contraceptive failure is also a significant underlying cause. The Institute’s work on estimating contraceptive failure rates can help providers, program managers and policymakers to better assist women and couples to avoid contraceptive failure and have the number of children they desire at the time(s) that they feel ready and able to do so