Why are married women with unmet need in developing countries not using any contraceptive method?

Married women in developing countries who have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they wish to avoid pregnancy but are not using any contraceptive (traditional or modern), generally cite one of several key reasons for not using a method.

More than 1 in 8 married women want to avoid pregnancy but are not using any contraceptive method

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Sedgh G, Ashford L and Hussain R, Unmet Need for Contraception in Developing Countries: Examining Women’s Reasons for Not Using a Method, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016.