Conflict and Contraception in Colombia


Svallfors, Signe, and Sunnee Billingsley. 2019. "Conflict and Contraception in Colombia." Studies in Family Planning 50 (2): 87-112.

Authors: Signe Svallfors, Sunnee Billingsley


This study explores how armed conflict relates to contraceptive use in Colombia, combining data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program and Demographic and Health Surveys 1990–2016. Our study is the first systematic effort to investigate whether and how violent conflict influences women's contraceptive use, using nationally representative data across all stages of women's reproductive careers. With fixed effects linear probability models, we adjust for location‐specific cultural, social, and economic differences. The results show that although modern contraceptive use increased over time, it declined according to conflict intensity across location and time. We find no evidence that this relationship varied across socioeconomic groups. Increased fertility demand appears to explain a small portion of this relationship, potentially reflecting uncertainty about losing a partner, but conflict may also result in lack of access to contraceptive goods and services.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Conflict, Gender, Women, Health, Reproductive Health Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2019

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