- Infertility affects 6.1 million American women
and men, about 10 percent of the reproductive age population.
- Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have
more than one factor that contributes to their infertility.
- In approximately 40 percent of infertile couples,
the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of
- Irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for approximately
25 percent of all female infertility problems.
- Most infertility cases -- 85% to 90% -- can be
treated with conventional medical therapies such as medication or surgery.
- While vital for some patients, in vitro fertilization
and similar treatments account for less than 5 percent of infertility
- Twelve percent of all infertility cases are a result
of the woman either weighing too
little or too much.
- It is possible for women with body weight disorders
to reverse their infertility by attaining and maintaining a healthy
- Men and Women who smoke
have decreased fertility.
- The risk of spontaneous abortion is higher for
pregnant women who smoke.
- Up to 13 percent of female infertility is caused
by cigarette smoking.
- Chlamydia causes
about 4 to 5 million infections annually in the United States. If left
untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility.