Is infertility on the increase?

We’re always told that infertility is a growing problem and there have been some dire warnings about the way it will affect future generations – but a new global survey suggests that the picture may not be quite so bleak.  A study published in PLoS Medicine which analysed regional, national and worldwide trends in infertility found that there was very little difference in the rates of infertility between 1990 and 2010 – and that there had been declines in the numbers in some parts of Africa and South Asia.

The report’s authors do add a note of caution to their findings as they looked at couples who didn’t have a child after five years as a benchmark, and they say that the levels would probably be higher had they looked at those who had reported having a problem – in reality many couples who experience difficulty conceiving do manage to have a child before five years have elapsed.

You may want to have a look at the research yourself here


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