Evolution of contraceptive mix in China from 2010 to 2016

ZOU Yanhui1 LIU Hongyan1 WANG Hui1

(1.China Population and Development Research Center)

【Abstract】Fertility intention, fertility behavior and the use of contraceptive methods have changed greatly since the early 21st century. This paper analyzed CPR and the contraceptive mix among married women of childbearing age using the data from 2010 to 2016. We discussed the changes in contraceptive mix in the new policy era and the relationship between contraceptive method use and induced abortion. Our analyses showed that in this new era, especially after the adjustment of fertility policies, the contraceptive mix has changed significantly: the use of intrauterine device (IUD) has declined slightly, sterilization showed a dramatic decrease and the use of condom increased remarkably. In particular, the proportion of condom use has significantly increased since the late 2015 when the universal two-child policy was implemented. The contraceptive mix varies across different regions in China which reflects the local family planning policy and its local practice. The risk of induced abortion increased significantly as the long-acting contraceptive methods declined and the short-acting contraceptive methods became more prevalent.

【Keywords】 family planning policy change; contraceptive model change; contraceptive mix;


【Funds】 Major Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (16ZDA089)

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    [1]. ① The magnitude of changes is expressed as (composition of the current year − composition of the previous year) / composition of the previous year. [^Back]


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CN: 11-1489/C

Vol 42, No. 05, Pages 3-16

September 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Data and methods
  • 3 Analysis results
  • 4 Conclusions and discussion
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