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Contraception

We provide a full range of contraception so that a woman can choose the method that is right for her.

Increased access to contraception can make a positive and lasting difference to women, families and communities around the world.

We believe that every woman has the right to choose if and when she has a child, and the right to enjoy a healthy sex life without fear of the consequences. But for many, the reality is very different.

Today, there are 225 million women who don’t have access to contraception. That’s 225 million women who are unable to exercise their right to protect themselves from getting pregnant. 

Contraception is about far more than preventing pregnancy

For some women, lack of access to contraception is a matter of life or death. Tragically, 289,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes. And even if women are able to avoid childbirth complications, the impact of having several pregnancies in quick succession can lock them into a life of ill health and extreme poverty.

Contraception changes lives

At Marie Stopes International, we see the impact contraception has on the lives of our clients every day. We see how women and girls who can control their own fertility are more likely to be able to complete their education.

We see how families with the ability to choose whether and when to have children are less likely to fall into – or remain - trapped in poverty. We see how children of families who have planned and controlled their fertility are more like to be healthy, fed and schooled.

We see how being able to prevent a pregnancy can give a woman the freedom to realise her ambitions and control her future. And we see that the social and economic benefits go far beyond the individual and transform whole communities and societies.

We’re working tirelessly to expand access to services and to offer the widest range of methods in every country we operate in.

Going wherever we’re needed

We will do whatever it takes to deliver contraception to women who need it.

Whether that means travelling vast distances to take our services to the most remote areas of the globe or working through periods of political instability.

Our teams are motivated every day by our commitment to help women have ‘children by choice, not chance’.

We want to reach 40 million people with contraception by 2020 – you can help us get there.

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Giving people more choices

We want to make it as easy and straightforward as possible for women to get hold of contraception. So we offer our services in several different ways – via our centres, out in the community and through our franchised outlets.

Alongside this, we offer the widest range of contraceptive methods we can, so that each woman can choose the type of contraception that best suits her particular situation and her plans for the future.

Our teams take the time that’s needed to talk through all the options with each client, providing just the right balance of medical facts and emotional support. So that women feel informed and reassured about whatever contraceptive choice they make.

In some of the countries we work in, we have pioneered the introduction of new methods of contraception. In Australia, for example, we helped to make a more effective five day emergency contraceptive pill available to all women. In Burkina Faso, we gave women access to Sayana Press, the three month injectable contraceptive.

Contraceptive methods used by our clients

Short-term contraception

Many of our clients like the flexibility of using a short-term method of contraception, particularly if they are unsure about when they might want to have children in the future.

Using a short-term method means they can stop using it whenever they are ready to start a family or decide they want to have more children. We offer two types of contraception within this category – short-term barrier methods and short-term hormonal methods.

The short-term barrier contraceptives we offer are the female and male condom.

The four types of hormonal method we offer are the combined oral contraceptive, the progestin-only pill, the progestin-only injectable, and the combined patch.

Long-acting reversible contraception

Long-acting reversible methods of contraception are methods that offer protection against pregnancy for a number of years.

Despite their long-term nature, they are also suitable for women who wish to delay pregnancy for one to two years.

Many women prefer the convenience of these methods rather than needing to remember to take a pill every day, or having to get an injection every month. The vast majority of our clients choose long-acting or permanent methods of contraception and in many of the countries where we work, Marie Stopes International is the only provider of these methods.

We can offer clients three long-acting reversible methods including a copper IUD, an LNG IUS, or a contraceptive implant.

Copper IUD

The copper intrauterine device (IUD) is a small copper-coated device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus through her vagina and cervix by a specially trained healthcare provider. Once in place, it can prevent pregnancy for 10 to 12 years.

LNG-IUS

The levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) is a small plastic device that is inserted through the vagina and cervix by a specially trained healthcare provider. By steadily releasing small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel every day, it prevents the womb lining from thickening enough to enable an egg to implant and grow. Once in place it prevents pregnancy for five years.

Contraceptive implant

The implant is a small plastic rod or capsule, about the size of a matchstick, that releases the hormone progestin. A specially trained provider performs a minor surgical procedure to place the implant under the skin on the inside of a woman’s arm. The implant keeps a woman’s progestin levels artificially stable and prevents the body from preparing itself for pregnancy. Once in place, it prevents pregnancy for three to five years.

Permanent contraception

We offer two permanent methods of contraception – tubal ligation for women and vasectomy for men.

Both are minor surgical procedures, suitable for women and men who are certain that they don’t want to have any more children, or for people who wish to remain childless.

The vast majority of our clients choose permanent or long-acting methods of contraception and in many of the countries where we work, Marie Stopes International is the only provider of these methods.

Emergency contraception

If a woman has had unprotected sex and wants to protect herself against pregnancy, we can offer emergency contraception.

We offer two types of emergency contraception – the emergency contraceptive pill and the copper intrauterine device.

Emergency contraceptive pill

The emergency contraceptive pill – also known as the morning-after pill – can help to prevent pregnancy when taken up to five days after unprotected sex.

Copper intrauterine device (IUD)

The copper IUD can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex. Once inserted, it will continue working for as long as the woman wishes to keep it in place, from a few weeks up to 10 years.

The impact of our services

By listening to, and meeting, the needs of individual women we have increased our health impact year on year.

In the countries where we work, one in every 20 women using contraception now receives her method from us. And we are saving and transforming record numbers of women’s lives.

Our global impact in 2015 was our greatest yet; we prevented more than 18,000 maternal deaths, more than 6.3 million unintended pregnancies and 4 million unsafe abortions.

Read our Global Impact Report 2015

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Our commitment

Despite the progress we have made and continue to make every year, there is still a huge unmet need for contraception worldwide. As a globally respected provider, we have an important role to play in addressing this, and we are working closely with governments and donors to explore the best ways to fund and deliver the services that are so needed.

We are working to shape policy and deliver practical solutions. And we are constantly innovating to expand our impact, and to make sure our contraception services will continue to save and change lives for as long as they are needed.

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Celebrating reaching our 100 millionth client

This year, somewhere in the world, we will reach our 100 millionth client. Every one of our 100 million clients has a different story. Women like Agathe Dao from Mali.

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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

This week, Marie Stopes International marks 40 Years of providing women all over the world with the services they need to have children by choice, not chance.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

This month the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health visited our programme in Sri Lanka, Population Services Lanka (PSL).

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Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

The First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa took place on 26-27 November, hosted by the Zambian Government in Lusaka.

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Friday 25 September 2015

World Contraception Day 2015

As we prepare to mark World Contraception Day on 26 September 2015, we’re urging action to ensure young people know their contraceptive options.

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Thursday 24 September 2015

MSI comment on self-injectable contraceptive to UK

Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House - Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first ever family planning services in Europe.

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Friday 01 July 2016

Reconfirming our FP2020 pledge

Following the FP2020 Reference Group meeting this week, Marie Stopes International is today reconfirming its pledge to provide 12 million additional users with a long-term method of contraception.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Women take charge of their reproductive lives

In this blog, Sandra Jordan from USAID and Faustina Fynn-Nyame from Marie Stopes International discuss how contraception empowers women in Ghana, Kenya and beyond.

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

A new report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released Thursday 12th November shows an unprecedented number of the world's poorest women and girls - 290.6 million.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

At the end of April 2015, our programmes in Senegal and Niger hosted visits from donors and other key stakeholders of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe.

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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

Marie Stopes International will be taking part in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia, 9-12 November 2015.

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Friday 20 November 2015

COMMENT: What does it mean to tell a story?

In 2015, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marie Stopes International-US worked with teams and clients to gather stories that would engage and inspire.

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team.

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

In West Africa the number of women using a modern contraceptive method can be as low as one in 10, the average number of children is five and maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the worst.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

Pope to temporarily allow forgiveness for abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Monday 05 October 2015

Ratnapura clinic in Sri Lanka re-opens

The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.

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Tuesday 22 September 2015

Afghan MPs discuss sexual and reproductive health

Marie Stopes International co-ordinated a visit to Sweden and Finland from an Afghanistan parliamentary delegation.

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Thursday 20 August 2015

MSI Senegal hosts African and European MPs

Marie Stopes International Senegal demonstrated its impact to a delegation of African and European Members of Parliament this week.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

MSI joins Financing for Development Conference

Key players in funding for development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Megan Elliott as Vice President, Strategy and Development.

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

Over 150 people came together at Women Deliver 2016 to hear an expert panel share their practical experiences and solutions from their work tackling unsafe abortion.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

MSI statement on Guttmacher / WHO study

The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014.

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.

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Monday 30 November 2015

MSI comments on Northern Ireland abortion law

The Belfast High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's current abortion legislation is "incompatible with human rights".

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Monday 14 September 2015

Polish anti-abortion bill rejected

On Friday 11 September, a draft bill attempting to ban access to legal abortion in all cases was rejected by the Polish Parliament.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

MSI comment on Pope Francis statement on abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion", if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

New WHO guideline could reduce abortion death toll

On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.

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Ethics Review Committee annual report 2012

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Research Across Borders

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Global Impact Report 2014

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Global Impact Report 2010

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Global Impact Report 2013

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WHO Ethics Guidelines

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The realities of unsafe abortion in Bolivia

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What obstacles do rural Indian women face

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Monday 12 September 2016

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Philomena – young client

I want to learn how to sew clothes so I can make money and take care of my children. Having the implant will give me time to learn.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Scola Daffi Akonaay – outreach client

I didn’t know about the clinic before today. I came here for my baby to be vaccinated and saw that they were offering family planning services.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Jane Vika Alfayo – young client

I didn’t want to give birth. I just felt like I wanted to abort my pregnancy, as I was in school, I was young, and I didn’t know how to take care of a baby.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Elizabeth Pappoe – Marie Stopes Ghana team member

I enjoy maternal and reproductive health a lot, as women are special.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Lizzie Banda – Marie Stopes Zambia nurse

I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Willy Olomi – Marie Stopes Tanzania driver

I love my job because I have learned so many things that I didn’t know before.

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By 2020 there will be more women of reproductive age than ever before

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