A new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that 17.5 percent of the adult population—about 1 in 6 worldwide—experience infertility. This report, noted as “the first of its kind in a decade,” is said to reveal “the important truth that infertility does not discriminate.”
Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a pregnancy after a year or more of regular, unprotected sex.
The report found that there was limited variation in the prevalence of infertility between regions, with there being a 17.8 percent prevalence in high-income countries and 16.5 percent in low- and middle-income countries.
The findings were based on 133 studies conducted between 1990 and 2021, though there was insufficient evidence to be able to know if the prevalence is rising. The study called for more availability of national data on infertility as well as a cohesive way of reporting this information.
Despite these findings, treatment options for infertility exist. We hope that treatments become more readily available across the globe to help reduce the 1 in 6 adults who will experience this family planning challenge.
Valley’s Approach to Fertility Care
At the Valley Hospital Fertility Center, our team of infertility specialists provides:
- Fertility assessments (Male and female)
- Fertility treatments
- Fertility preservation (egg freezing)
- Genetic screening
- LGBTQ+ family building
- Treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, disorders of ovulation and menstruation, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and abnormal pelvic anatomy
Our IVF success rates per frozen cycle are higher than the national average for all age groups—from under 35 to over 42. Our reproductive endocrinologists and nurses also possess not only the medical expertise responsible for superior success rates but the care and compassion that leads many patients to recommend our program to family members and friends.