Use of Modern Contraceptives
English: % of mothers with children aged 0-23 months using (or whose partner uses) a modern contraceptive method
French: % de mères ayant des enfants âgés de 0 à 23 mois utilisant (ou dont le partenaire utilise) une méthode contraceptive moderne
Czech: % matek dětí ve věku 0-23 měsíců, které používají (nebo jejichž partner používá) moderní antikoncepční metody
What is its purpose?
The indicator assesses the proportion of mothers with young children who use contraception to avoid or delay pregnancy. This practice is essential for reducing the significant risks associated with closely spaced pregnancies and high fertility.
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of mothers with children aged 0-23.99 months:
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
Q1: Are you or your partner currently doing something or using any method to delay or avoid getting pregnant?
A1: yes / no
(ask the following question only if the previous answer is YES)
Q2: What is the main method that you or your partner use to delay or avoid getting pregnant?
A2 (only one answer possible; do not read the options)
- intra uterine device (IUD)
- male condom
- female condom
- lactational amenorrhea method
- standard days method / cyclebeads
- rhythm methods other than standard days
- female sterilization
- male sterilization
- other – specify: …………………………
Note: adjust the options based on your pre-testing and knowledge of the most common options.
Calculate the indicator’s value by dividing the number of mothers with children aged 0-23 months using one of the modern contraceptive methods listed above by the total number of interviewed mothers and multiplying the result by 100.
1) If you decide to expand this indicator to all women of reproductive age, you will have to exclude all respondents that are pregnant, unsure of being pregnant, trying to conceive a baby, those who during the assessed period (e.g. the past 6 months) did not have sexual intercourse, and other reasons for why using contraception was not required. If you decide to do so, ensure that the interview is conducted in as sensitive manner as possible.
2) This topic can, in many contexts, be very sensitive – consider therefore only having women as your interviewers.
3) Consider disaggregating the data by location (rural/urban), socio-economic characteristics (wealth quintile, level of education), respondent’s age or marital status.