How Many Couples Have Infertility?

How Many Couples Have Infertility?

Infertile couples are not alone

If you are suffering from fertility issues, chances are you probably feel pretty alone. It can seem like everyone around you is having baby after baby after baby, and you can’t even have one. It can seem like pregnant women and families with new babies are following you everywhere you go. But, the truth is, infertility is more common than you might think.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Infertility facts

Experts say that up to seven million couples will have to deal with infertility at some point in their lives. This accounts for around 12 percent of all couples. What causes that infertility?

Around one third of all fertility issues are due to male related fertility issues. Another one third of the problems are due to female related fertility issues, and the last one third of fertility issues is a combination of both male and female fertility issues.

What causes infertility?

There are many different causes of infertility. The main causes of male infertility are problems with the sperm, such as low sperm count, bad sperm morphology, or illness and injury. Several things contribute to male sperm issues, such as heavy drinking, drugs, smoking, age, certain medications, and certain medical treatments, such as radiation treatment for cancer.

The main causes of female fertility issues include age, medical issues such as blocked fallopian tubes or anovulation, smoking, drug or alcohol use, poor diet, obesity, or sexually transmitted infections.

Is infertility getting more common?

It might seem like infertility is becoming more common these days, but experts insist that is not the case. Infertility rates have actually remained quite stable over the past few years. Experts think that there are a few reasons that we hear more about infertility these days.

The first reason that we hear more about infertility these days is because it is becoming more socially acceptable. It’s okay to have fertility problems and finding that you can’t get pregnant. People are okay talking about their fertility issues these days, and they weren’t in the past. It’s no longer taboo.

Another reason that it might seem like infertility is more common these days is because people are getting more and more access to fertility treatments. In the past, fertility treatments were only for the rich, so regular people never discussed it. These days, fertility treatments are accessible to everyone, so we hear more about them.

More reasons for increased infertility awareness

There is another reason why we are hearing more about infertility these days, and it is likely the real reason why it seems that infertility is more common. This is the delay that women are having in childbirth. In the past, women used to have children early in life, around age 20 or 25.

These days, however, more and more women are delaying having children until they are in their late thirties or even forties. As we all know, women lose their fertility as they age, so more and more women are experiencing infertility now than they used to. So, technically, infertility rates are not rising, but we are perhaps hearing about them more.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.