The Guttmacher Institute estimates the incidence, consequences and costs of unintended pregnancy globally, regionally and at the country level, and seeks to understand what drives unintended pregnancy rates and trends. We promote policies and strategies that enable women to time and space their pregnancies.

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It is crucial to emphasize that investments in proven sexual and reproductive health interventions end up averting costs. Every $1 spent on contraceptive services beyond the current level would save about $3 in the cost of maternal, newborn and abortion care, because contraception reduces unintended pregnancies.