Learn more about Contraceptives in Kenya

Women in rural areas start having sex earlier than their urban counterparts. Rural women on average start having sex at age 16.7, which is about six years before they first use contraceptives and four years before they are married. Women in urban areas, on average, begin having sex at 18.4 years old, about three and a half years before they first use contraception and about four years before they are married.

On average, women have about two children by the time they start using birth control. The main reasons among women who do not use family planning methods but want to delay the next birth include: perception of not being at risk of pregnancy (60 percent), not married (54 percent) and fear of side effects or health concerns (29 percent).

Over time most women in Kenya prefer to use implants and injectables to other modern contraceptives.

Uptake of long-acting methods has been increasing over time since 2014.

Nearly half (46 percent) of sexually active women who do not want any more children or want to postpone the birth of their next child but do not use any family planning method say they are concerned about the side effects or health concerns of contraceptives.

The effective implementation of the constitution in Kenya has the potential to promote women’s access to safe abortion services and support reductions in complications of unsafe abortion. An urgent need also exists for the training of providers to offer safe services and for the wider implementation of the abortion care-related Standards and Guidelines of the Ministry of Health. In addition, it will be essential that concerted efforts are made to urgently reach women who have unmet contraceptive needs, support women’s access to post-abortion contraceptive counseling and methods, and promote access to quality abortion-related care within the limits of the Kenyan law and the constitution.

“Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.”

Spike Milligan, Puckoon


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