Abstract

We explore trends in modern contraceptive usage among young adult women in Sub-Saharan Africa using Demographic Health Survey data from 23 Sub-Saharan countries, We find overall increases in modern contraceptive use among young women ages 15-24 across regions and parity groups (e.g. nulliparous versus parous). In the East/South Africa region, parous women had higher levels of modern contraceptive use than nulliparous women at the onset and larger increases in modern contraceptive use over time.  In the West/Central region nulliparous women had higher levels of modern contraceptive use than parous women at the onset and larger increases in modern contraceptive use over time. Further analyses revealed that most of the increase in modern contraceptive use were driven by increases in short term methods across regions and parity groups.  Only parous women in the South/East region experienced a substantial increase in LARC use, and even then LARC use remained low (around 4%) (with Dr. Julia Behrman, Dr. Erica Soler-Hampejsek and Dr. Monica Grant).

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