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5 Things You May Not Know About Infertility

Posted Mar 18 2009 3:18pm

 

We all have to keep on top of the numbers...how many are struggling with infertility? Are they mostly women or men? Below is a quick peek at the current percentages...and, in the case of number 3, hope that expensive infertility treatments most likely are not needed!
 
Sharon

Men and women are equally likely to be infertile, and other facts to know about fertility problems

By Michelle Andrews
Posted March 17, 2009

1. Infertility affects roughly 12 percent of people of reproductive age in the United States, or about 7.3 million women and their partners.

2. Infertility is gender blind: It affects men and women in equal numbers. The most common problem in men is low or nospermcount; for women, it's problems with ovulation.

3. Nearly all cases of infertility—85 to 90 percent—can be resolved through traditional medical treatments like drugs or surgery that repairs reproductive organs.

4. In vitro fertilization and similar procedures account for under 3 percent ofinfertilitytreatments.

5. The average live delivery rate for IVF in 2005 was nearly 32 percent per egg retrieval, slightly better than the 20 percent odds that a reproductivelyhealthycouple in any given month will get pregnant and carry a baby to term.

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