What is Infertility?

Chances are if you are here, you already know infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples, men and women equally. The disease is treated through a variety of ways, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Whether you are part of the 12% of couples in the United States that have been labeled “infertile” or you have chosen to seek reproductive assistance for any number of other reasons (e.g. same sex couples), you’re not alone.

No matter how you ended up on this path, the road can be long and stressful, and full of ups and downs. Know that we support you and your process.

Statistics

  • About 7% of men (4.7 million) and about 11% of women (6.7 million) of reproductive age in the United States have experienced fertility problems.
  • Studies suggest that after one year of having unprotected sex, 12% to 15% of couples are unable to conceive, and after two years, 10% of couples still have not had a live-born baby.
  • ⅓ of infertility cases are male factor, ⅓ are female factor, and ⅓ are both.
  • More than 1 million babies have been born via ART.
  • One study suggests that half of women undergoing fertility treatment find it the most upsetting experience of their lives.
  • Another study suggests that over 80% of women undergoing infertility have anxiety.

Sources

How Common Is Infertility? – National Institutes of Health
Causes of Infertility – ReproductiveFacts.org
The psychological impact of infertility and its treatment – Harvard Health Publishing
A survey of relationship between anxiety, depression and duration of infertility – National Center for Biotechnology Information

Mind-Body and Conception

“Just relax and you’ll get pregnant” or “Once you stop trying you’ll get pregnant.” You’re probably fuming thinking “If I hear that one more time…” If it was as easy as just relaxing and you’ll get pregnant, you would have gotten pregnant the last time you had a spa day or went on vacation. Instead, … Continue reading Mind-Body and Conception

Infertility Etiquette

So someone you know is going through some family planning challenges. Below is a list of things you should consider when having a conversation with them: Only discuss the subject of infertility if the person faced with the challenge brings up the topic first. Once the topic is mentioned you might ask if/how the person … Continue reading Infertility Etiquette

The Partner

Each person’s support network looks different and is equally important, but there is usually an individual or individuals on whom you rely the most. It is especially important that you are able to be open and honest with this person, even though that can be difficult and awkward at various times throughout the process of … Continue reading The Partner