Table 1.

Unmet need definition

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEFINITION20MODIFIED DEFINITION
Calculation pertaining to women of reproductive age (15–49 y)Calculation pertaining to women of reproductive age (15–49 y)
Unmet need = (A + B + C)/No. of women married or in a union
  • A = women not using contraception; desire to stop or delay childbearing

  • B = women with unwanted or mistimed pregnancy

  • C = women with postpartum amenorrhea; not using contraception and when became pregnant wanted to delay or prevent

Unmet need = (A + B + C)/No. women married or in a union, or sexually active
  • A = women not using contraception; desire to stop or delay childbearing

  • B = women with unwanted or mistimed pregnancy

  • C = women with postpartum amenorrhea; not using contraception and when became pregnant wanted to delay or prevent