An Overview of Infertility Statistics in the United States
Women are often socially stigmatized in our society when they are unable to give birth to children. There is also the misconception that if a couple has been unsuccessful in childbearing, that it is the fault of the female.
On the contrary, men and women can be equally sterile. Both a viable egg and viable sperm are necessary for conception.
Over 7 million women and their partners in the United States have a diminished ability to give birth and seek some sort of fertility treatment. According to the CDC, more than 2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 are married and have not been able to get pregnant after making attempts for a least one full year.
What is infertility?
In order to be considered infertile, a couple must fall into one of the three criteria below:
If a woman is over the age of 35 and she and her partner have had unprotected sexual intercourse over the course of 6 months, but have not become pregnant.
If after 12 months of unprotected sex, a couple does not become pregnant and the female is under the age of 35.
A pregnancy that is not carried to full term.
Infertility statistics show that close to half of our female population would be bothered a great deal if they were not to have any children.
Yet, the criteria mentioned here is not an end result. Infertility is usually treatable medically or naturally.
In addition to the criteria above, there are other influential factors that can affect pregnancy outcomes. The videos below cover some ideas that you and your partner may want to speak to your obstetrician about.
Videos on Preconception:
Best-Selling author Heidi Murkoff talks about her new book, "What to Expect Before You're Expecting."
Here are some tips on how to prepare your body for conception and possibly decrease infertility rates.
Additional Pages: What Causes Infertility?
There are multiple causes of infertility in men and women. Amongst the reasons are age, sexually transmitted diseases, problems with the reproductive system, history of smoking and/or drinking, pre-conception weight, healthcare habits, and more.