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Infertility by the Numbers: Statistics That Tell a Story

By Paula Hovell on August 15, 2016

A sperm and an eggWhen the people of Los Angeles have experience challenges with starting a family, they know that they can count on our team. We will carefully address the issues that patients may face. Our primary focus is on increasing the chances of successful pregnancy.

Fertility treatments and infertility services can be quite effective. Many patients find that it helps to have a little perspective on the nature of their problems and how common they might be. With that in mind, let's consider these statistics on male and female infertility.

How Common Is Infertility?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 1 in 8 couples have difficulty becoming pregnant. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily indicate infertility, but it does suggest the difficulties that even fertile or generally fertile couples may face while trying to have a child.

Gender and Infertility Breakdown

Of these many cases of infertility, about one-third are female factor in nature, one-third are male factor in nature, and the remainder involve a combination of male-factor and female-factor infertility.

With this in mind, the CDC estimated that roughly 6 percent of women in the United States are infertile. Men are afflicted with infertility at roughly the same rate.

In 10 percent to 15 percent of male-factor infertility cases, there is an issue involving a lack of sperm. In roughly 25 percent of female-factor infertility, there is an issue with ovulation.

How Age Can Affect Fertility

Age can have a factor on the success of successful conception. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, a couple between the ages of 29 and 33 with good reproductive health, they have a 20 percent to 25 percent chance of becoming pregnant. After six months, 60 percent of these couples will successfully conceive a child, while others may struggle for the months and years afterward.

With regard ART, success rates tend to be higher when a woman is younger. The CDC notes that ART is more successful in women under the age of 35 (40 percent) while women in their mid-to-late 30s experience reduced rates of success from ART (32 percent to just 21 percent).

On Weight/Body Mass and Infertility

Weight can have a negative impact on your ability to conceive. This is because weight changes can negatively impact the level of hormones that are important for proper reproductive health. It's estimated that in 12 percent of female infertility cases, a woman weight too much or too little can negatively impact fertility. Sometimes just achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can boost your chances of successful conception.

What Numbers Reveal About Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking can have a number of negative effects on your general health, so it should be no surprise that smoking can impact your reproductive health as well. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), men and women who smoke are twice as likely to experience infertility than non-smokers. Think of it as another compelling reason to kick the habit.

Speak with Our Fertility Specialists

For more information about fertility treatments, causes of infertility, and how we can help you start a family, be sure to contact our team of fertility doctors today. We will work closely with you to ensure you undergo smart and effective treatment for your challenges.

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