Infertility Rates on Men and Women Worldwide

Infertility Rates on Men and Women Worldwide

With more and more women waiting until later in life to start their families, it might seem like infertility is on the rise. I mean, we certainly hear more about fertility clinics, fertility treatments and couples struggling with infertility than we did in the past, don’t we? So, does that mean that infertility rates are rising? Today we are going to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Worldwide fertility rates

Believe it or not, fertility rates around the world are not getting lower. In fact, the fertility rates around the world have remained relatively unchanged for around the last twenty years, with no real losses or gains either way. Even though more women are waiting until later to have babies, and couples are shifting from the five or more kids that they had years ago, to only a couple, fertility rates have remained pretty much the same.

How common is infertility?

Infertility is actually a pretty common issue. Experts suggest that somewhere around ten percent of women worldwide between the ages of 15 and 44 either have troubles getting pregnant, or have problems staying pregnant. Experts also say that around one third of fertility problems are a result of the problem with male fertility issues. Around one third of all fertility issues stem from problems with the female, and around one third of fertility problems come from a combination of male and female fertility issues.

Female fertility issues

There are many things that can contribute to female fertility issues. If a woman has previous medical problems, such as a history of PCOS, STD’s, or ovarian cancers, this can lead to an increased risk of infertility. Also, age is one of the most important factors when it comes a woman and her fertility, since a woman’s fertility decreases as she ages.

Other factors include being overweight or underweight, family history, alcohol use, drug use, or smoking, and a poor diet or excessive stress. Women with any of these risk factors for fertility problems may want to see a doctor sooner rather than later for testing.

Male fertility issues

Male fertility can be caused by many different issues as well. Male infertility is most commonly caused by a problem with the testicles, such as when the veins are too large and that can cause the testicles to overheat. This can damage sperm.

Sperm can also be misshapen or malformed, causing fertility problems. There can also be lifestyle factors that affect male fertility such as smoking, drug or alcohol use, poor diet, work environment (such as exposure to toxins), or chemotherapy treatments. As you can see, there is a wide variety of things that can affect male fertility.

The bottom line

As you can see, even though infertility rates have not risen that dramatically in the past few decades, perhaps we are just hearing more about fertility treatments and issues. Fertility rates all around the world, and especially in developed countries like ours, are actually quite low. Even for couples who do experience infertility, there are so many treatment options out there, that most couples do end up having a successful pregnancy and are able to start a family of their own.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.