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What is "unmet need” in family planning?

Unmet need for family planning is defined as the percentage of women of reproductive age, either married or in a union, who want to stop or delay childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.
Unmet need for family planning= (Women of reproductive age (15-49) who are married or in a union and who have an unmet need for family planning)/(Total number of women of reproductive age (15-49) who are married or in a union) X 100

List the common reasons for unmet need in India as per NFHS-3 data.
Unsatisfactory services for contraception provision
Lack of information
Fear about side effects of contraceptives
Opposition form husband or relatives

List some determinants for higher unmet need as per NFHS-3 data.
Rural areas
Low level of education among women
Socio – economic status

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