Infertility Statistics

Infertility statistics tell a very different story than what you may think.  Infertile couples often feel isolated, especially if their family and friends are having babies with no problems. They feel that they are the only ones struggling with fertility issues. Truth is it’s a common occurrence and they aren’t alone in this battle by any means.

Statistics show that there are around 7.3 million women in the USA of child-bearing age who suffer from some type of infertility. Many discover this when they start trying to conceive. Some infertility is even discovered after the first baby has been born. Many couples have to seek infertility treatments. This isn’t something that is talked about. A lot of couples will keep quiet about their struggles to start a family. In 2002 11.9% or 7.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years of age have received some sort of infertility services.

Here are some infertility statistics:infertility statistics

  • 1.1% have to use artificial insemination (ivf) or intra-uterine insemination
  • 3.8% of women have received ovulation drugs
  • 4.8% will have to have some sort of fertility testing
  • 5.5% will have to seek measures to help prevent miscarriage
  • 6.1% have to seek professional counseling about infertility
  • 11.8% of women will not only have trouble conceiving, but problems carrying a baby to term. This is known as impaired fecundity.

Older child-bearing age women have more difficulty conceiving than younger women. It is because by then the loss of eggs is greater. Some 15.2% of women are aged 35-39 who have to seek infertility treatments.

Statistics show that childless women who have received any infertility service between the ages of 30 and 34 years of ages was 17.3% and women between the ages of 15 and 29 was only 2.9%. The percent of married childless women between the ages of 15 and 44 years of age are infertile by these ages. 27.4% of women are infertile by the ages of 40 and 44. 22.6% of women are infertile by 35 and 39 years of age. 16.9% of women are infertile by the ages of 30 and 34. And 11% of married women are infertile by the ages of 15 and 29. With todays medical advances in the area of human reproduction these statics do not have to end without children.

Statistics are showing now that by age 31 some 38% of women seeking infertility treatments were able to conceive and carry a baby to term. By age 39, the percentage of live births was around 22%. As a woman ages the percentage declines, after age 43 the percentage of conceiving and carrying a baby to term drops to below 10%. Women have also used an egg donor. The use of donor eggs after age 40 increased to a success rate of 45%. This soars above the success rate of women in their early 30′s who use their own eggs.

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