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The decline in the fertility rate seen in recent years has been supported by a slight increase in several key indicators, demographers said. The proportion of women who used contraceptives rose from 54 to 67 percent, according to the national survey, while those who reported an unmet need for contraceptives declined. The proportion of teenage marriages has also declined, according to the study, as there has been an improvement in the gender balance of newborns in a country with a deep-seated preference for sons. For every 1,000 baby boys, there are now 929 baby girls, up from 919 five years ago.

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