New Survey Findings: The reproductive revolution continues
Fertility fell in almost all developing countries surveyed since 1990, as use of modern contraception rose. These trends continue a long-term change in attitudes and behavior. Findings from more than 100 surveys conducted since 1990 suggest that, as family planning programs have become widespread, more and more people want smaller families, and more succeed in having the size of family that they want. Since 1990, 120 surveys of women (many also including men) have taken place in 71 countries as part of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and the Reproductive Health Surveys (RHS) programs. These surveys report on contraceptive use, child survival, and other key reproductive health topics.