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Updated Couple Years of Protection: Literature Review, Guidance for Updating Existing Methods, and Adding New Methods

January 2022 — Couple years of protection (CYP) is an output indicator which was introduced into programming in 1973 and is commonly used by international organizations and host-country governments to monitor progress and measure performance of family planning programs and to make assumptions about family planning coverage. CYP is the estimated protection provided by family planning methods during a one-year period, based on the volume of all contraceptives sold or distributed free of charge to clients during that period.

This brief was developed by FHI 360 to synthesize findings relevant to CYP for USAID, but it includes background information about the CYP development and revision process for the broader family planning field. More information on CYP is available in the compendium of family planning/reproductive health indicators here.