World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. The annual worldwide campaign centres around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted. Launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.


With so many birth control options available, choosing a most suitable form can be discouraging for many teens. We support youth worldwide to answer initial questions: Which method protects against STIs? What about convenience of use? How effective are they? Our social media channels covering infographics, images and charts show it all at a glance. We encourage youth to get the contraception facts and ask their healthcare provider which contraception is best for them.

What is World Contraception Day?

World Contraception Day, observed on 26th September every year, is an annual global campaign to improve awareness about contraception. This campaign aims to raise awareness about birth control methods available to a woman and her partner to enable them to make an informed decision regarding their reproductive health. This global campaign pushes for better education related to safe and protected sex so that no pregnancy is unplanned or unwanted!

When is it Celebrated?

World Contraception Day is observed on 26th September every year.

History of World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day was first observed on 26th September in 2007 by ten international family planning organizations to raise awareness about contraception and to enable couples to make an informed decision regarding starting a family, so that every pregnancy is wanted. The WCD promotes family planning and contraceptive methods that are safe and preferred. World Contraception Day is supported by a coalition of 15 international NGOs, governmental organizations, and scientific and medical societies with an interest of spreading the right knowledge about sexual and reproductive health.

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Some Facts About Contraception From Around the World

  • Most women between the ages of 15 and 44 years in the US use contraception.
  • The pill remains to be a popular choice of birth control among many women, but its usage decreases as women age.
  • Tubal ligation (or getting the tubes tied) is another popular form of contraception among women in the US.
  • Contraceptive patches and rings are more convenient than pills as a patch and ring need to be changed weekly and monthly respectively, whereas the pill needs to be taken daily. It can be hard for a woman to remember to take the pill daily.
  • Contraceptive methods such as implants and IUDs are considered to be the most effective as their failure rate is below 1 percent.

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