Urban women in India are using emergency contraceptives as their primary means of birth control
While American women celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pill this month, women in India are embracing a different method of contraception. By the end of the day, more than 100 million will have taken a birth control pill, but its acceptance in the world’s second most populous nation has been dismally low. According to the 2005-2006 National Family Health Survey, only 49% of Indian women use modern contraceptives, and of these, only 3% are on the Pill.
Instead, among urban India’s increasingly educated and independent women, it’s emergency contraception that has taken over the market.