Worldwide, about 85 million annual pregnancies are unintended, or >40% of all pregnancies. These pregnancies result in 50% abortions, 12% miscarriages, and 38% unplanned births.
The impact is substantial costs to healthcare systems, social services as well as significant emotional distress to women, and their families. In the US alone, the annual costs to the economy is estimated at 11 Billion US dollars.
Family Planning and the Need for Modern Contraceptives
Up to 100,000 maternal deaths could be avoided each year if women who did not want children used effective contraception. In fact, contraceptive failure or misuse is believed to be the culprit for 40% of these unplanned pregnancies.
If the need for contraception was fully satisfied, More than 50 million unplanned pregnancies could be prevented if the need for contraception was fully satisfied .
Contraception During COVID-19
Given the magnitude of this problem even in normal times, access to contraception becomes of critical importance in COVID-19 response.
Global organizations such as Family Planning 2020, United Nations Population Fund, the WHO among others are working diligently to coordinate efforts with global partners to ensure access to contraception as an essential element of the global health agenda.
At ASPIVIX, we praise these efforts, as we believe that access to contraception is a basic healthcare need for many women.
Author: Team Aspivix
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