Saturday, April 28, 2012

Infertility Statistics

As National Infertility Week is coming to an end, here are some facts you may not know about infertility:
  • Infertility is a disease that affects the normal function of the male or female reproductive system.
  • Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive a pregnancy after trying to do so for at least one full year.
  • 7.3 million people in the US are affected by infertility – representing 1 in 8 couples and 12% of  the reproductive age population.
  • 1/3 of infertility cases can be attributed to the female, 1/3 to the male and the remaining 1/3 to both the female and male.
  • Following intercourse on the most fertile day in their cycle, women between the ages of 27 and 34 with no fertility issues present,  have a 40% chance of getting pregnant.
  • 90% of couples will conceive within 1 year of trying.
  • 25% of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility.
  • An estimated 20% of infertility cases are unexplained.
  • Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments for infertility include intrauterine insemination (IUI), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Sources: American Society of Reproductive Medicine, National Women’s Health Resource Center


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