Contraception utilization in the developing world and the role of women autonomy
Author(s): Hana Alsumri
Abstract: Modern contraceptive methods are considered an effective way to achieve family planning. It is also an efficient way to improve the overall health of both mothers and their children. This is achieved by helping women plan their pregnancies and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and through having a spacing gap between born children. It is also an essential mean to reduce the country’s fertility rate and thus help in its economic growth. The scientific evidence supports that the risks from using modern contraception methods are much less compared to the risks of pregnancy and delivery especially if they are high risk and unplanned. However, the utilization of these modern family planning methods is unsatisfactorily slow particularly among women in countries of the developing world. Although provision of family planning services and allowing an easy access should be encouraged, more attention should be directed towards the role of women’s autonomy in their likelihood to utilize these services.