Global Impact

Global Impact of Fertility Decline

The disease of infertility is more than a condition resulting in emotional disappointment. There is a serious global impact associated with fertility decline. Utilizing studies below you can help educate this common misconceptions.


  • 2005 infertility was estimated to impact 1 in 12 couples of reproductive age. In 2011 the ratio is now 1 in 6 couples.


  • Infertility affects about 7.3 million women and their partners in the U.S. — about 12% of the reproductive-age population.
    (Source:American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Center of Disease Control)


  • The UN World Fertility Report found, in 59 countries, fertility is below 2.1 children per woman, the level required to ensure replacement of generations in low mortality populations. Governments reported having policies designed to raise fertility.
    (Source: UN World Fertility Report 2007)


  • In 2010 the US national birth rate declined for the third year in a row. The fertility rate — the number of children a woman is expected to have in her life given the current rate — is now 1.9. That’s under the 2.1 rate demographers say is necessary for a generation to replace itself.
    (Source: National Vital Statics Report, Vol. 60, No. 2, November 2011 via


  • The World Health Organization (WHO), beside cancer and heart conditions, infertility is currently the third most threatening disease all around the globe.
    (Source: WHO Bulletin 2010)


Fertility Within Reach’s PowerPoint: Economic and Global Impact of Fertility Decline