United States


When women and their partners have access to a wide range of contraceptive methods, they are better able to plan and space their births. This leads to positive health, social and economic outcomes for women, families and society. The Guttmacher Institute documents the need for, access to and use of contraceptives and provides the evidence base for public investment in high-quality and affordable family planning services that provide a full range of methods, comprehensive and accurate information, and effective counseling.


Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, or LARC methods, have the potential to significantly decrease unintended pregnancy in the United States because they are ‘set and forget,’ meaning that they require no intervention from women, resulting in greater effectiveness