What are the most widely used contraceptive methods across the world?
Across the world, in 2011, the most widely used contraceptive method is female sterilization, followed in order by the intra-uterine device (IUD), the contraceptive pill, male condoms, traditional methods (withdrawal, rhythm method) and , injections or implants (hormonal methods based on products similar to the pill). One of couple out of three who use contraception in the world are sterilized and 9 in 10 sterilized persons are women.
Induced abortion is sometimes used as a last resort following contraceptive failure and in countries where contraceptives are prohibited or unavailable. In 2008, 43,8 million induced abortions were performed, including 21,6 million in dangerous and illegal conditions that cause the death of almost 70,000 women each year.