This week marks the 30th annual National Infertility Awareness Week. A week dedicated to breaking the stigma of infertility. The myths and silence that surround infertility are what negatively affects awareness. Here are infertility facts to brush up on to stop misinformation in its tracks:
- Infertility impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction. Infertility does not discriminate against race, gender, or health status.
- Infertility affects 6.7 million women in the U.S. -- about 11% of the reproductive-age population.
- Infertility rates are higher in women 35 years or older. They are more likely to face fertility problems and a higher chance of miscarriage.
- Some conditions that could lead to infertility in women is endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low egg reserve, low egg quality, and STIs.
- Twelve percent of all infertility cases are a result of the woman either weighing too little or too much.
- Men and women who smoke have decreased fertility.
- In approximately 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole or a contributing cause of infertility.
- Some conditions that could lead to infertility in men is hypothalamic or pituitary gland disorders, gonad disorders, sperm transport disorders, STIs, and environmental factors.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF) accounts for 3% of all infertility services provided; less invasive procedures are usually recommended first.
Embryo adoption provides another alternative to standard medical treatment for infertility. Achieve a pregnancy and give birth to your adoption child. How amazing is that? And it often costs much less than one cycle of IVF. Your embryos are waiting…
Learn more about embryo donation and adoption at EmbryoAdoption.org.