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This table shows the percent distribution of all women, currently married women, and sexually active unmarried women age 15-49 by contraceptive method currently used, according to age.The data show that only 9 percent of currently married women in The Gambia are using a contraceptive method; 8 percent are using modern methods and 1 percent are using traditional methods. Injectables are the most commonly used method (4 percent) among married women, followed by the pill (2 percent). Contraceptive use differs according to age. Use among currently married women is lowest among those age 15-19 (3 percent), peaks among women age 35-39 (12 percent), and then declines among those age 45-49 (8 percent). Injectables are the most common method used by married women in all age groups up to age 40-49, at which point use of the pill becomes slightly higher. Contraceptive use is lower among all women than among currently married women (7 percent and 9 percent, respectively), but the patterns of use are similar in the two groups. Sexually active unmarried women are by far the most likely to be using contraception (44 percent), and male condoms are the most widely used method in this group. A comparison of the data from the 2013 GDHS with previous data shows that contraceptive use may be declining in The Gambia. The proportion of married women currently using any method declined from 13 percent in the 2010 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (GBoS and UNICEF, 2011) to 9 percent in 2013. However, most of the apparent decline is related to use of traditional methods; the proportion of married women using modern methods is virtually indistinguishable between the two surveys (9 percent in 2010 and 8 percent in 2013).
Percent distribution of all women, currently married women, and sexually active unmarried women age 15-49 by contraceptive method currently used, according to age.