Percent distribution of contraceptive methods currently used by men or their sexual partners

Among men ages 15–54 years, the percentage distribution of all men, currently married men, and of sexually active men in this age range, by contraceptive method the man or his sexual partner are currently using. Contraceptive options include the following: not using, pill, intrauterine device, injectable, condom (male and female), female sterilization, male sterilization, implant, lactational amenorrhea, periodic abstinence, and withdrawal. Men are considered to be currently using a contraceptive method only if they report being sexually active in the 12 months prior to the survey.

The indicator is calculated as follows:

(All men, currently married men, or sexually active unmarried men ages 15–54 currently using any contraceptive method, by method / total number of male respondents) x 100


Survey data from men on what contraceptive method they are currently using, if at all.

Data can be disaggregated by age, marital status (all men, currently married men, or sexually active unmarried men), and geographic location.


DHS men’s questionnaire

The men’s questionnaire reports contraceptive use among men through the following question, “Are you currently doing something or using any method with any partner to delay or avoid a pregnancy?” Those who respond with a “yes” are further asked to state the method they are personally using or their partner(s) are using (within the past 12 months).

Data collection may include men ages 15–49, 15–54, or 15–59, depending on the local context.


This indicator measures actual contraceptive use at the time of data collection by men by age and marital status. It is a qualitative outcome measure that can be used to track acceptance and use of modern contraception by men over time. 


It is not possible, from this indicator, to correctly assess "use" and determine if men or their partners are using the contraceptive method correctly and consistently. 


family planning, male engagement
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