Fast facts about infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week, April 23-29, is a time to help increase public understanding about infertility. One way to do that is to know the facts.

Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.

  • 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have ever received any infertility services in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
  • Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained.
  • A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month. After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance.
  • Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has posted even more facts on its NIAW web page. Please use them to help spread the word this week and throughout the year.

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