Fertility and Infertility: Facts, Stats and Myths
Whether you’re starting to think about getting pregnant, actively trying to conceive or you have been trying for a while, there are things you can do today that can help improve your odds of conceiving and having a healthy baby. And the best part is that none of these involve needles, pharmaceuticals or multiple doctor visits.
Let’s get some stats and information about fertility and infertility straight so you can move forward with an informed and effective plan for conception!
Stats & Facts
On average, you have a 15-20% chance of conceiving each month.
12-15% of couples are unable to conceive after 1 year of unprotected sex, and 10% of couples after 2 years.
Infertility affects both men and women. In fact, about 50% of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male, and mainly due to low sperm count.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.4 million U.S. women ages 15-44 years old will have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
The most common cause of infertility in women is known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which affects 6.1 million women.
The most common (and correctable) cause of male infertility cases is associated with varicoceles, also known as abnormal veins surrounding the testicles, which affects an estimated 38% of men.
The average cost of a single cycle of IVF in the U.S. is $12,400.
On average, there is a 30% chance that an IVF treatment will result in a live birth.
It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality! Getting pregnant is ultimately based on timing. More sex does NOT equal getting pregnant faster. In fact, if a man has sex too often, it can lead to a decrease in sperm count.
Legs Up The Wall?
You’ll look silly and it won’t help increase your odds of getting pregnant.