Percent of women who obtained contraceptive method of choice

Percent of women women of reproductive age (WRA) (15-49) currently using a modern contraceptive method who report that they obtained their contraceptive method of choice, at a particular point in time. 

This indicator is calculated as:

(Number of WRA currently using a modern method of contraception who report that they obtained their contraceptive method of choice/Total number of WRA currently using a modern method of contraception who were surveyed) x 100


Number of WRA who are using modern contraception and if their contraceptive method was what they had chosen

This indicator can be disaggregated by age, geographic region, and rural/urban status. 


PMA2020 questionnaire, DHS


This indicator addresses the issue of choice and women being able to obtain the contraceptive method that best suits their reproductive needs and preferences. Most countries offer only a limited choice of contraceptive methods. Substantial evidence indicates that a restricted choice of contraceptive methods constrains the opportunity of individual couples to obtain a method that suits their needs, resulting in lower levels of contraceptive prevalence (Ross, Hardee, Mumford and Eid, 2001).

This indicator can be used to track access to a range of different contraceptive methods. 


This indicator does not address client treatment or barrier to contraceptive access not having to do with supply of contraceptive stock, such as lack of training or biases among program staff regarding certain methods, excessive medical barriers, unneeded eligibility criteria, and family opposition.


access, family planning

John Ross, Karen Hardee, Elizabeth Mumford and Sherrine Eid. "Contraceptive Method Choice in Developing Countries," International Family Planning Perspectives, 2001, 28(1):32-40.

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