Chris Meletis N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D.
Once a subject that was paid relatively little regard, fertility has become increasingly popular, as the wear and tear of modern living has altered fertility levels. Various sources cite differing statistics surrounding this phenomenon: 1
• Some sources report that 1 in every 6 couples may be infertile.
• Other sources note that 14 percent of couples have infertility
• In the United States, approximately 10.2 percent of women
between 15 to 44 (roughly 6.2 million women) have some kind
of impaired fertility and this incidence is increasing.
• 25 percent of women have infertility problems during their reproductive years, and the incidence of this problem increased
37 percent in 35–44 year-old women between 1982 and 1988.
• The number of women with infertility problems is projected to reach 7.7 million by 2025.
Infertility is generally defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after 1 year of unprotected intercourse. Women in their 20s are usually advised to be persistent and but have greater leeway before seeking medical consultation while couples in their mid-to-late 30s are advised to be much more persistent. Female age is considered more of a factor than in males 2 and, if a woman is near or older than 35, she is advised to seek assistance sooner rather than later. Yet, because male factors actually account for an estimated 40 percent of conception difficulties, the first step in evaluating a couple who is having problems with conceiving is to determine which partner is infertile.