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30+ Infertility Statistics

30+ Infertility statistics

Infertility has always been an issue that afflicts a silent minority of men and women worldwide. It results from a myriad of physiological issues, and oftentimes the cause is unknown. It is a taboo topic that should be addressed especially with its prevalence, as the statistics below show.  

Infertility- a common problem?

  • In the US out of 100 couples, about 12 or 13 have trouble conceiving (HHS) 
  • 6.1 million women in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant (CDC) 
  • One in six couples will have trouble achieving pregnancy (Fertilitycenter) 
  • The chance of achieving successful pregnancy for fertile couples is 20% after trying for a month, 57% after trying for three months 75% within six months, 90% within one year and 95% within two years of attempting pregnancy (Fertilitycenter) 
  • Secondary infertility, where women have already had one child but have trouble conceiving another affects one in six women (ivi-fertility) 

Male and female factors

  • Infertility affects men and women equally (15 million people in the U.S. annually) (Fertilitycenter) 
  • One-third of infertility cases are caused by fertility problems in women, one-third by men, the other cases are a mixture of male and female problems or unknown cause (HHS)  
  • Most common factors that increase men’s risk of infertility are old age (above 40 years), being overweight, smoking, excessive alcohol use, and use of marijuana (CDC) 
  • In about 35% of couples with infertility, a male factor is identified along with a female factor (CDC) 
  • In about 8% of couples with infertility, a male factor is the only identifiable cause (CDC) 

In Vitro Fertilization

  • More than 8 million babies have been born as a result of IVF treatment (CNN, 2018) 
  • The average cost of IVF treatment in the US is $12,400 (Reproductivefacts) 
  • Two-thirds of couples are going through IVF treatment with zero insurance coverage for therapy (Fertilityanswers) 
  • More than 85,000 women go through IVF annually (Forbes, 2014) 
  • Some insurance companies provide various levels of IVF treatment coverage (Forbes, 2014) 
  • Women convincing through IVF are 17% more likely to have multiply births (ivi-fertility) 

Infertility treatment

  • 7.4 million, or 11.9% of women have received infertility services in their lifetime (Resolve) 
  • 90% of infertility cases can be treated with medical therapies, such as drug treatment, surgical repair of reproductive organs and assisted reproductive techniques such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization (Fertilityanswers) 
  • 9% of men have reported seeing a fertility doctor at least once (CDC) 
  • One in four attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF) results in a successful pregnancy and birth (Jamanetwork, 2001) 

Causes of female infertility

  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility, affecting almost 6.1 million women (Womenshealth) 
  • 35% of female infertility can be linked to tubal factors (Fertilityanswers) 
  • 13% of female infertility is linked to tobacco and cigarette use (ASRM, 2018) 
  • One-third of couples where the woman is older than 35 years have fertility problems (CDC) 
  • Ovulation disorders account for one in four infertility problems (Mayoclinic, 2014) 

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