Are you (or is someone you know) dealing with infertility right now? Chances are good you do know someone, even if they’ve never told you about their struggle. 1 in 8 couples (some sources say more like 1 in 5) are unable to pregnant after a year of trying, which technically means they qualify as “infertile.”
Here are a few (not-so-fun) facts I’ve learned about infertility over the past few years:
- In infertile couples, there is an equal chance that the cause is from the man or the woman (this is not just a woman’s issue!)
- In one third of infertile couples, the problem can’t be identified OR is a combination of factors from a man and woman.
- Secondary infertility (not being able to get pregnant after the birth of one or more children) occurs at the same rate as primary infertility. 50% of infertility cases are secondary infertility.
Even-less-fun facts about infertility and mental health:
- As many as 21-52% of women struggling with infertility experience depression.
- “While infertility treatments are physically demanding, several studies suggest that the emotional stress of the ordeal is the primary reason many couples decide to give up.”
- Anxiety and depression increased in couples who had failed ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) treatments.