Contraceptive use in Nigeria: NDHS Statistics Shows More Than 90% of Nigerian Women Do Not Use Contraceptives

Only 15% of Nigerian women aged 15-49 use contraception for limiting and spacing of birth. A Nigerian woman gives birth to an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime. The country’s annual population growth rate as at 2015 was 2.6%.

Women (15-49yrs) not using contraception in Nigeria, value is in percentage

Yobe: 98.1

Sokoto: 97.7

Katsina: 96.6

Kebbi: 96.5

Bayelsa: 96.3

Jigawa: 96.0

Borno: 93.8

Kano: 93.7

Bauchi: 93.5

Zamfara: 92.7

Niger: 92.4

Ebonyi: 91.8

Taraba: 89.7

Abia: 87.1

Nasarawa: 85.2

Kaduna: 85.1

Delta: 83.5

Gombe: 83.0

Benue: 82.9

Kogi: 81.7

Edo: 80.6 A/Ibom: 80.2

Cross River: 80.0

Ondo: 79.9

Kwara: 77.6

Oyo: 77.4

Plateau: 77.3

FCT: 76.1

Adamawa: 74.9

Osun: 70.6

Imo: 69.3

Enugu: 69.1

Rivers: 68.0

Ogun: 67.9

Ekiti: 61.5

Anambra: 55.4

Lagos: 50.6



Contraceptive use in Nigeria
Contraceptive use in Nigeria

Nigeria has made no progress in improving the use ofcontraceptives for the past 10 years. Contraceptive use in the country is incredibly low.

According to the theconversation, the biggest contributor to the low uptake has been a lack of knowledge about the various available options, combined with misconceptions about the use of contraceptives.


Adebayo Salami

Looks like we’ll hit 300 million population mark faster than I thought.

Ausa Onuchie Idollo

My own 2018 study in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT reports that 33.4% of married women are using contraceptives, and it was also revealed that some of the users do so clandestinely bcoz of husband’s disapproval.

Ibi Divine

State with low revenue be pushing out kids in mass for who to take care of???? Is something not wrong with us?!!!

Nigerian Health Blog

East, West, North, South, more 90 percent of Nigerian women of reproductive age (15 – 49 years) do NOT use contraceptives!

Basorun A

One very good thing people need to look at is the NDHIS 2018 report on family planning in Nigeria, the results show that women with higher education and income use contraception more, which shows that improving education and economy are good means of planning the family.


We talk about contraception a lot but everyday it seems like more young people don’t still know about it. The gatekeepers in Nigeria are not helping matters tbh. They know young people are having sex and having unsafe abortion they simply don’t care.

Dr Ola Brown

A growing population, limited access to contraception, cultural and religious opposition, poor quality of available services, gender based barriers, and spousal disapproval all contribute to the high “unmet need” for contraception in Africa according to the WHO. The bodies of African women have become pawns in the struggles among states, religions, male heads of households and private corporations. Economic growth in Africa and women’s reproductive health are inextricably linked. Government policy and healthcare strategy across the continent should begin to place more emphasis on contraception as a lever for economic development.

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