Since the 1970s the world has experienced profound changes in fertility, union formation and contraceptive demand. Fertility has declined throughout the world, early childbearing and marriage are less common and the percentage of women and men using contraception, especially modern methods, has risen. Nevertheless, the level and pace of change in fertility and the proximate determinants of marriage and contraceptive use have varied markedly among countries such that major differences in fertility levels persist across countries and regions of the world.
A set of country profiles with data on 21 indicators of fertility, nuptiality, contraceptive use and population policies regarding childbearing for three time periods is included as well as online data and metadata.
The report is available online: http://www.unpopulation.org