Percent of women whose demand is satisfied for a modern method of contraception

Percent of women of reproductive age (WRA) (15–49 years), or their partners, who desire no child, no additional children, or to postpone the next pregnancy and who are currently using a modern contraceptive method at a point in time. Women using a traditional method are assumed to have an unmet need for modern contraception. This measure applies only to women who are married or in union. 

This indicator is calculated as:

(Modern contraceptive prevalence rate [mCPR]/Total demand for modern methods of contraception) x 100, where mCPR is calculated as (Number of women of reproductive age using a modern method of contraception/Total number of women of reproductive age) x 100 and where total demand for modern methods is calculated as mCPR + unmet need for modern methods 


The total number of women of reproductive age, by marital status; and of these, the number that are currently using a contraceptive method.

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


Estimated using data from surveys such as the DHS, MICS, PMA2020, RHS and other nationally representative surveys; modeling using surveys and service statistics


This indicator provides a measure of population coverage of contraceptive use, taking into account all sources of supply and modern contraceptive methods. It provide a useful summary measure of the overall effectiveness of family planning program services in enabling clients to sustain contraceptive use. 


Although a woman may report that she is currently using a modern contraceptive method, this indicator is unable to determine if the method is being used consistently and correctly. Furthermore, because the data source for this indicator is only WRA who are married or in union, it is not capturing sexually active women who are unmarried or not in union whose demand for modern contraception is not satisfied.

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